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Joshua S. Bauchner


Joshua Bauchner is co-chair of the Litigation Department, head of the Controlled Substances and Regulatory Law Department, and a member of the Community Association and Bankruptcy departments. He devotes his practice to complex commercial, class action, bankruptcy-related and securities litigation, including:

  • Enforcing commercial lease agreements, guaranties, purchase and sale contracts, and commission agreements
  • Litigating partnership disputes
  • Defending against class actions arising from alleged violations of consumer protection and related statutes
  • Litigating claims arising from bad faith denial of insurance coverage
  • Defending against commercial foreclosure actions

As head of the Controlled Substances and Regulatory Law Practice Group, Josh co-hosted on behalf of the Firm the first-ever Cannabis Symposium in New Jersey which drew nearly a thousand people (two other Symposia followed).  He is co-chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association Cannabis Law Committee, a member of the NORML Legal Committee and Amicus Committee, has spoken at the Cannabis World Congress and Business Expo at the Jacob Javits Center, and has presented CLE’s on cannabis at the NY and NJ State Bar Associations, among other fora across the country.  He also was honored with the New Jersey Law Journal’s Innovator of the Year Award for his work in the cannabis space and also publishes regularly on the topic.

Josh also represents condominium and cooperative boards of management, is a licensed real estate instructor in the state of New York and teaches a course for real estate sales professionals. He has taught as an adjunct professor at Brooklyn Law School.

Following law school, Josh served as law clerk to the Honorable Ursula Ungaro in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Immediately prior to joining Ansell Grimm & Aaron, he was deputy director of the Legal Division at the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs and previously worked at a national litigation firm.

Josh was appointed by the Manhattan borough president to serve on Manhattan Community Board 10, where he was treasurer of the board and co-chair of the Committee on Land Use. He is president of the Wheaton College Alumni Association and serves on the college’s board of trustees. He has also served on the boards of the New York Theater Ballet, Frederick Douglass Boulevard Alliance and Harlem Wellness Center.

Representative Matters

  • Prosecuted construction and design defect claims against the sponsor, developer and architect of a luxury condominium building in New York City
  • Prosecuted a bankruptcy trustee’s claims for fraudulent conveyance, business torts and a violation of the Bank Holding Company Act against more than 40 commercial and investment bank defendants
  • Defended a landlord against business interruption and related claims arising from the 1993 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center
  • Obtained a favorable settlement for an institutional investor asserting securities, Blue Sky and related common law claims against commercial and investment bank defendants
  • Defended a Boston-area hospital against medical malpractice and related claims seeking $50 million in damages by obtaining a dismissal on personal jurisdiction grounds, which was affirmed by the Second Circuit on appeal
  • Prosecuted institutional investors’ securities, Blue Sky and related common claims against placement agents, auditors, rating agencies and corporate insiders in a multidistrict litigation proceeding
  • Defended corporate clients against securities fraud claims brought by the SEC, DOJ and class plaintiffs
  • Represented an NFL franchise in its attempt to secure a new stadium on Manhattan’s west side


  • New York Bar
  • New Jersey Bar
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Western District of New York
  • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Associations & Memberships

  • Manhattan Community Board 10, Treasurer and Co-Chair of the Committee on Land Use
  • Board of Trustees of Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts
  • Board of Trustees of New York Theater Ballet
  • Board of Trustees of Frederick Douglass Boulevard Alliance
  • Board of Trustees of Harlem Wellness Center



Woodland Park, NJ

Support Staff

Assistant: Carol Sheridan

Practice Areas


Brooklyn Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 2001

Wheaton College, B.A., cum laude, 1995