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Joel Max Eads

Joel litigates securities class and derivative actions, all types of claims against financial institutions, business torts, including Lanham Act, unfair competition, and tortious interference, civil RICO, insurance and reinsurance disputes and professional liability.


  • Securities litigation
  • Financial services
  • Unfair competition
  • Insurance/reinsurance litigation



  • 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, and defense verdict for, appliance recycling company against claims under the Lanham Act for unfair competition.
  • 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 third party fund administrator against 10b fraud and professional liability claims arising out of alleged Ponzi scheme orchestrated by hedge fund.
  • 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 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 reinsurer against breach of right of first refusal claims.
  • 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.


  • 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
  • Philadelphia VIP Volunteer


  • 法務博士, cum laude, Widener University School of Law, 1994
    • Editor, Widener Law Review
  • 学士号, 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