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Joel Max Eads

Joel litigates securities class and derivative actions, securities fraud and fiduciary claims, financial services, insurance-based disputes, business torts, civil RICO, professional liability, unfair competition, contracts, insurance coverage, bad faith and reinsurance.


  • Insurance/reinsurance litigation



  • Representation of company offering ecommerce services to the health and wellness industry regarding Section 10(b) securities class and derivative actions.
  • Representation of former directors and officers of global consumer goods company concerning Section 11 securities class and derivative actions.
  • Representation of directors and officers of co-location, data services provider in connection with state and common law securities fraud claims.°
  • Representation of directors of insolvent insurance company relating to state regulatory investigation and civil mismanagement claims.
  • Representation of death-care services company regarding commercial torts and securities fraud claims.°
  • Representation of President/CEO and CFO of technology company concerning securities and common law fraud claims.°
  • Representation of CEO relating to breach of contract and fiduciary duty allegations.
  • Representation of, and defense verdict for, financial institution relating to claims under the Lanham Act and for unfair competition and tortious interference with prospective contracts.°
  • Representation of financial institution concerning civil RICO allegations.
  • Representation of, and defense verdict for, commercial real estate firm in connection with civil RICO, fraud and contract claims.°
  • Representation of, and defense verdict for, wholesaler against breach of contract and fraud claims by manufacturer.°
  • Representation of company offering technology and outsourcing solutions to insurers and employers against professional liability claims.
  • Representation of captive insurance administrator against class action claims for fraud and negligence.
  • Defense of excess insurer against coverage and bad faith claims concerning collapsed South American gold mine.°
  • Defense of excess insurers related to coverage action arising out of defective product claims against manufacturer/insured.°
  • Prosecution of underpayment of claims against insurer in liquidation on behalf of state guaranty fund.
  • Defense of insurer against bad faith claims alleging failure to settle within policy limits.
  • Defense of insurer against claims for bad faith claim handling.
  • Defense of reinsurer regarding coverage claims and prosecution of rescission counterclaim.°
  • Defense of telecommunications company against purported class alleging trespass to real property.
  • Defense of juvenile at re-sentencing trial to challenge constitutionality of life without parole sentence.

°The above representations were handled by Mr. Eads prior to his joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Insurance Law, 2020
  • Team Member, The American Lawyer’s “Regional Litigation Department of the Year - Pennsylvania,” Finalist, 2018
  • Former Board Member,
  • Recurring Guest Lecturer, University of Pennsylvania Law School, 2015-Present
  • Pro Bono Defense


  • J.D., cum laude, Widener University School of Law, 1994
    • Editor, Widener Law Review
  • B.A., cum laude, Dickinson College, 1990
  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania