Joshua M. D. Segal
Boston Office: 617-439-4990
Boston Fax: 617-439-3987
Boston University School of Law, JD, cum laude
Brandeis University, BA, cum laude, MA
Massachusetts (state and federal)
New York (state and federal)
U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Meet Joshua Segal, an experienced litigator known for his holistic approach to representing his clients, both individuals and businesses. Handling all types of civil litigation, his thoughtful and strategic approach ensures Josh explores all solutions for his clients. Although always ready to advocate for his clients zealously in a courtroom or before an agency, he is never quick to litigate, but instead strives to achieve his clients’ objectives through the most effective and efficient means possible.
Having spent his career with Lawson & Weitzen, Josh attributes his loyalty to supportive teammates that enable him to serve his clients successfully. Josh’s litigation focus is on business, employment, and land disputes. He also regularly handles personal injury matters, small business advising, particularly in contract and employment matters, and is a member of the Lawson & Weitzen alcohol beverage industry team.
Josh’s clients range from businesses of all sizes to non-profit organizations to those in heavily regulated industries to individuals. Clients describe Josh as personable, an excellent critical thinker, and committed to achieving what is best for their interests.
A dad to two sporty boys in Roslindale, Josh is committed to pro bono work helping to find immigration attorneys for those individuals detained by ICE. Josh also regularly volunteers as a moot court judge at Boston University School of Law and a mock trial judge at Brandeis University.
Professional Affiliations & Memberships
American Bar Association
Federal Bar Association (Vice President of the Massachusetts Chapter)
Massachusetts Bar Association
New York State Bar Association
Boston Bar Association
National Conference of State Liquor Administrators
Awards & Recognition
Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2012-2020
Managing Editor, Boston University Law Review
Semifinalist, Homer Albers Prize Moot Court Competition
Secured dismissal of action seeking to terminate a contract because it purportedly did not contain a definite term, despite the contract identifying events that would permit termination. Few Spirits v. UB Distributors, LLC, 192 A.D.3d 418 (1st Dep't 2021).
Successfully argued to Massachusetts Appeals Court to affirm entry of harassment prevention order challenged based on a failure of due process. J.P. v. J.R., Mass. App. Ct. (2017).
Defeated attempt to dismiss claims for business fraud and unjust enrichment. UB Distributors, LLC v. SKI Wholesale Beer Corp., 161 A.D.3d 1027 (2018).
Secured emergency order from Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court keeping medical license in place for a doctor to continue a hospital residency training program. Asemota v. Board of Registration in Medicine, SJ-2018-0326.
Convinced the Ninth Circuit to reverse a District Court’s grant of Summary Judgment under CERCLA against a landowner. Voggenthaler v. Maryland Square LLC, 724 F.3d 1050 (9th Cir. 2013).
Defended appellate challenge to a Massachusetts Superior Court verdict award under Massachusetts Tort Claims Act to an individual injured as a result of the negligence of employees of Bridgewater State Hospital. Devlin v. Commonwealth, 83 Mass. App. Ct. 530 (2013).
Served on team of lawyers that dismissed copyright infringement and common law claims against a national nonprofit professional organization. Lyons v. Gilette, 882 F. Supp. 2d 217 (D. Mass. 2012).
Was ultimately successful on remaining trademark infringement claims. Lyons v. Am. Coll. Of Veterinary Sports Med. & Rehab. 997 F. Supp. 2d. 92 (D. Mass. 2014).
Successfully defended individual against claims of illegally downloading copyrighted material. Third World Media, LLC v. Does 1-21 (D. Mass. 2013).
Successfully settled personal injury claims involving, among other situations, a train derailment, workplace injuries, and automobile accidents.
Defended debt collection companies from claims for unfair debt collection practices.
Note, Rebalancing Fairness and Efficiency: The Offensive Use of Collateral Estopple in § 1983 Actions, 89 B.U. Law Review 1305 (2009).
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