Joshua N. Howley

Joshua N. Howley

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Josh Howley, who is part of the Firm's Litigation Practice Group, regularly practices in state and federal courts, including bankruptcy courts, primarily in New York and New Jersey.  One of his specialties is representing traditional lenders, hedge funds, servicers and receivers in asset recovery litigation.  Recently, Mr. Howley represented a Fortune 100, senior secured lender on a defaulted, multimillion dollar commercial loan in bankruptcy court in New York against the debtor as well as in state court in New York against the guarantors.  He achieved a complete recovery for his client.  Mr. Howley is also frequently hired when mortgage loans go into default and the borrower asserts defenses. 

He is an efficient and effective problem solver.  While Mr. Howley is known for being aggressive, he understands that not all matters require a scorched earth approach.  This recognition is one of the things that makes him successful:  he recognizes that each case is unique and he tailors his approach to the facts presented.

Mr. Howley prides himself on responsiveness.  He recognizes that the Firm's clients are retaining him for, in part, being available whenever necessary to solve their problems.  This includes overnight and on the weekend.

Mr. Howley clerked for the Hon. Charles J. Walsh, an esteemed New Jersey judge before starting at Skadden Arps in 2002, where he worked until joining Sills Cummis & Gross in February 2006.  He made partner at Sills Cummis in October 2010 at the age of 35.  He has been recognized by various publications, including the New Jersey Law Journal's 40 Under 40 list for 2011, Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers.  Mr. Howley is active in the Mortgage Bankers Association, and he is the Vice Chairman of the Board of the New Jersey Crossroads Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Mr. Howley has two young children who keep him grounded. He enjoys golfing, good food and wine, and seeing live music.

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Representative Matters

  • Successfully representing a lender before the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit involving allegations of mortgage fraud.
  • Winning a bench trial and the dismissal with prejudice of fraudulent transfer claims against an investment advisor and an individual.
  • Securing summary judgment in a commercial foreclosure action on behalf of a syndicate of lenders in connection with a $72 million loan
  • Obtaining a voluntary dismissal on behalf of a Fortune 100 financial institution before discovery of a cause of action under N.J.S.A. 12A:4-302 claiming the late return of a check.

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit

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Rankings & Recognition

The Best Lawyers in America®*  2015-2017, Commercial Litigation
New Jersey Law Journal’s ®* “40 Under 40” 2011    
New Jersey Super Lawyers®* 2016, Business Litigation; General Litigation; Bankruptcy: Business
New Jersey Super Lawyers®* "Rising Stars" 2010-2014, Business Litigation and General Litigation  

* See Award Methodology

Affiliations

Member, Mortgage Bankers Association
Member, American Bar Association    
   – Member, Section of Litigation
Member, New Jersey State Bar Association
   – Member, Financial Services Litigation Committee, Banking Law Section
Member, Essex County Bar Association
   – Member, Chancery Division Practice Committee
Barrister, Justice Morris Pashman American Inn of Court
Former Member, Banking Editorial Advisory Board, Law360 
Vice Chair of the Board, American Red Cross, New Jersey Crossroads Chapter, Summit, NJ