Joshua Upin focuses his practice on advising clients on a wide variety of matters including commercial litigation and business law, corporate governance, business and commercial transactions, real estate finance, real estate disputes, and zoning and land use. He counsels clients in the entertainment, insurance, real estate, medical equipment, healthcare and life sciences, and commercial and residential real estate development industries, among others. Joshua is also the firm's lead e-discovery counsel for complex litigation matters. 

Client Experience

  • Publicly traded companies in the insurance, energy, entertainment, and financial services industries

  • Early-stage and mature small businesses

  • Artists and entertainers

Representative Matters

  • Obtained a declaratory judgment against a homeowners’ association after a two-day bench trial for the luxury condo owner.

  • Secured a $1 nominal verdict in a federal jury trial for a Kansas-based debt collection agency sued under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. Succeeded in convincing the court to slash plaintiff’s counsel’s fee award by 75%.

  • Managed the electronic discovery and document review of over 5 million electronic records on behalf of 168 affiliated client entities situated across more than 30 countries responding to a subpoena issued incident to the Purdue Pharmaceuticals Bankruptcy. 

  • Represented a private real estate lender in closing a $25 million revolving credit facility from a regional bank.

  • Represented a real estate developer in structuring and financing a $5.1 million project for the construction of a 27 unit apartment building complex.

  • Represented a buyer in a $13 million leveraged acquisition of two multi-unit apartment buildings in University City with over 100 units.

  • Represented the seller in a $40 million asset sale of a niche insurance brokerage to a private equity firm.

  • Represented the buyer in the negotiation of a $1 million acquisition and transport of a MRI system from Spanish seller.

  • Represented the seller in a $650,000 combination lease-purchase deal for a mobile MRI system to a veterinary clinic.

Personal Insights

My Greatest Strengths
  • My broad range of unique life experiences, which inform my business sensibilities and my approach to legal practice, and in turn provide a distinctive value-add for my clients.

  • My tenacity, grit, and pragmatism when advising litigation clients.

  • My sense of humor.

  • I hold law degrees in British & U.S. law.
  • I was selected as a "Rising Star" by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers for Business Litigation in 2020.
  • I have previously trained as a pastry chef at a Michelin star-rated restaurant and managed a rock band.

  • I ride my bike to the office almost every day.


Practice Focus
  • Commercial Litigation/E-Discovery

  • Corporate Governance

  • Business & Commercial Transactions

  • Real Estate Finance

  • Real Estate Disputes

  • Zoning and Land Use


  • Entertainment

  • Insurance

  • Real estate

  • Medical equipment

  • Healthcare and life sciences

  • Commercial and residential real estate development



Community & Professional

Community & Professional
  • Philadelphia Bar Association, Member
  • Philadelphia VIP, Volunteer Lawyer
  • Carelink Community Support Services, Board of Directors


J.D., University of Southern California Gould School of Law, 2008

LL.B., With Honors, London School of Economics, 2006

B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude, Temple University, 2004


  • Pennsylvania
    Third Circuit Court of Appeals
    U.S.D.C. E.D. Pa.
    U.S.D.C. N.D. Ill.


Best Lawyers in America: Ones To Watch, Real Estate Law, 2023

Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, Business Litigation, Rising Star, 2020

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