Joshua offers clients in-depth experience and insight informed by more than 30 federal civil jury trials.
Growing up, Joshua Lax had a strong sense of fairness and justice that he carried into his legal career. From a young age, he heard stories about his family’s experience with persecution. Learning that terrible history fueled his commitment to fighting abuse by those who take advantage of fellow human beings.
Prior to joining DiCello Levitt, Joshua served as a senior counsel and trial specialist to the Special Federal Litigation Division of the New York City Law Department. The New York Times described the Division as an elite group of attorneys defending the City of New York and its employees. Joshua handled some of the most high-profile federal civil rights cases involving the City, including highly publicized trials where his words of advocacy before juries were quoted in the media. His cases stemmed from fatal shootings, wrongful death claims, reversed convictions, mental illness treatment, First Amendment claims, unlawful wiretapping and proposed class actions. Department leaders called on Joshua to serve as an instructor for trial advocacy, deposition and mediation trainings, and continuing legal education programs because of his extensive experience.
Joshua began his career as a criminal defense attorney at a prominent firm in northern New Jersey.
In total, Joshua has completed 31 civil trials, in addition to five criminal trials in private practice. These experiences taught Joshua what it takes to develop cases that achieve the results clients seek. He has prepared hundreds of clients for testimony and holds rare and unique insights that help clients through the litigation process.
Joshua is an adjunct professor at Fordham Law School, where he teaches Fundamental Lawyering Skills, a course educating the next generation of America’s lawyers in interviewing and counseling clients and negotiation. He is a member of the Federal Bar Council Inn of Court, where he helps present continuing legal education programs. He is also a member of the Federal Bar Counsel Civil Rights Committee.
While earning his law degree at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Joshua was a member of the Cardozo Journal of International and Comparative Law, the recipient of the Squadron Fellowship in Law, Media, and Society and a member of the Prosecutor Practicum.
- Municipal Affairs Award, New York City Law Department, 2017
- How To Defend DWI Cases Without Driving Yourself To Drink, Bergen County Bar Association, 2011
- Openings and Summations in Shooting Cases, New York City Law Department, February 2019
- Openings and Summations in Protest Cases, New York City Law Department, July 2019
- Blind Spots: Implicit Biases and Barriers in Settlement Discussions, Federal Bar Council, May 2019
- A Case Study in Gender Stereotypes and Partnerships: Ann Hopkins v. Price Waterhouse, Federal Bar Council, May 2019
- Second Opinion: The Spirit of Dissent at the Supreme Court, Federal Bar Council, December 2020
- Sale v. Haitian Centers Council: The Story of a Band of Law Students and Civil Rights Activists Who Sued the President and Won, Then Lost, and Then Mostly Won!, Federal Bar Council, October 2021
- Defending Excessive Force Actions, New York City Law Department, March 2022
- New York
- New Jersey
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
- U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
- Federal Bar Council Inn of Court
- Federal Bar Counsel Civil Rights Committee