Joshua S Wirtshafter

Joshua S Wirtshafter

Associate Basking Ridge, United States


  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • US Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • US District Court, New Jersey


  • Franklin & Marshall College, BA (with honors), 2011
  • Seton Hall University School of Law, JD, 2014

Josh is an Associate in the New Jersey office with a practice primarily focused on complex insurance coverage matters. His practice involves representing insurance carriers in litigated disputes in the areas of commercial general liability, first-party property, workers’ compensation, professional liability, advertising liability, and environmental claims under standard domestic, Bermuda Form, and manuscript policies. Notably, he has unique experience in litigating a myriad of sports-related head trauma/concussion insurance claims. Josh also has experience in all aspects of bad faith litigation, including claims between primary and excess insurers. Josh’s practice further includes providing pre-suit coverage analyses and counseling on large claim losses, risk analysis, and policy drafting.

While pursuing his law degree from Seton Hall University School of Law, Josh served as the Senior Notes Editor of the Seton Hall Legislative Journal, Volume 38. As a Research Fellow with the Center for Policy and Research, Josh covered issues relating to human rights violations occurring at Guantanamo Bay.

Josh received his undergraduate degree from Franklin & Marshall College in both Religious Studies and Government, where he graduated with honors.

Presentations and publications

  • Presenter on “New Developments in Talc Litigation,” Association of Insurance and Reinsurance Run-Off Companies (AIRROC) Education Day 2020.
  • Co-Author of “Recent Trends in Medical Device and Opioid Litigation,” AIDA Reinsurance and Insurance Arbitration Society (ARIAS), Q2 2019.
  • Contributor, US Construction Defect Insurance Coverage Law Compendium (September 2019)

Work highlights

  • Managed a complex insurance coverage dispute on behalf of various insurers against the National Football League in connection with the widely-publicized head-trauma/concussion lawsuits filed by thousands of former players against the NFL.
  • Successfully defended an excess insurer against various additional insureds and their insurers in the context of a wrongful death claim filed in New Jersey.