With a reputation for record-breaking verdicts, Josh has been recognized as one of the brightest legal minds in Pennsylvania. Before cofounding VSCP LAW, Josh began his legal career in the pursuit of justice as a prosecutor with the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, where he was a member of the Major Trials Division. After serving the city, Josh shifted his passion for pursuing justice to the civil arena by fighting for those who were critically injured as a result of the misconduct of others.

Josh is one of Pennsylvania’s leading Civil Rights attorneys having represented numerous high profile cases involving police corruption and wrongful incarceration. In 2023 alone Josh’s civil rights work resulted in settlements in excess of 12 Million Dollars.

Throughout his career, Josh has achieved record-setting verdicts and settlements for his clients and has assisted in total individual recoveries topping $350 million. Recent achievements include:

  • Largest medical malpractice verdict in all of Pennsylvania for 2019
  • Top 10 jury verdicts in Pennsylvania and New Jersey in the same year – the only attorney to achieve this distinction
  • Largest wrongful death medical malpractice verdict in Mercer County, Pennsylvania
  • Largest NJ verdict against Emergency Medical Services provider
  • Largest premises liability verdict in Pennsylvania
  • “Super Lawyer” designation, given to only the top attorneys in Pennsylvania
  • $9.6 Mill recovery for wrongfully incarcerated exoneree Willie Stokes
  • $2.45 Mill recovery for wrongfully incarcerated exoneree Donald Outlaw

Josh has a keen understanding of the importance of family; as a proud dad of twin daughters, much of his free time is spent with his wife and children where they’re surrounded by extended family on both sides.

Josh graduated with a B.A. in political science from Lehigh University in 1997. In 2000, he received his Juris Doctor degree from Villanova University Law School, followed by an LL.M. degree in trial advocacy in 2004 from Temple University School of Law, where he graduated with honors and received the Jury Favorite Award. Josh also was inducted into his high school’s Hall of Fame for his work in the community pursuing justice as both a prosecutor and a civil advocate for those that have suffered catastrophic injuries.

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