Joshua Bachrach Partner




125pxJoshua Bachrach represents clients in state and federal courts throughout the United States in litigation involving ERISA and non-ERISA disputes over disability, life and health coverage as well as disputes over pension benefits. Josh also represents insurers in coverage and bad faith litigation and has experience with disputes involving managed care issues, including medical necessity and provider reimbursement. He is a frequent speaker at national seminars on ERISA-related subjects and has written numerous articles on ERISA and related topics.

Josh is regarded as a valuable resource by clients and colleagues based on his knowledge of ERISA, life, health and disability law as well as his appellate work. He is often engaged nationally in litigation matters and frequently consulted to evaluate issues prior to the commencement of litigation. Josh has personally handled several hundred ERISA cases nationally.

Areas of Focus

Josh has argued appeals before nearly all of the U.S. Courts of Appeals the Supreme Court of Alaska and Pennsylvania state appellate courts.

Life, Health, Disability & ERISA
Josh is national counsel for several major disability and life insurers. In that capacity he represents clients in all phases of litigation throughout the United States. In addition, he consults with clients on issues involving claim administration and plan language. Josh also provides representation and advice to self-funded employee benefit plans. He is a co-chair of the firm's Life, Health, Disability & ERISA practice.

Representative Matters

Killen v. Reliance Standard Life Ins. Co., __ F.3d __, 2015 WL 127379 (5th Cir. 2015)

Hampton v. Reliance Standard Life Ins. Co., 769 F.3d 597 (8th Cir. 2014)

Tetreault v. Reliance Standard Life Ins. Co., 769 F.3d 49 (1st Cir. 2014)

Gross v. Sun Life Assur. Co. of Canada, 734 F.3d 1 (1st Cir. 2013)

Lemons v. Reliance Standard Life Ins. Co., 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 16409 (3d Cir. 2013)

Combs v. Reliance Std. Life Ins. Co., 511 Fed.Appx. 468 (6th Cir.2013)

Jimenez v. Sun Life and Health Ins. Co., 486 F. App'x 398, 406 (5th Cir. 2012)

Bauer v. Reliance Standard Life Ins. Co., 421 Fed. Appx. 226 (3d Cir. 2011).

Est. of Hinkle v. Assurant Employee Benefits, 390 Fed. Appx. 105 (3d Cir. 2010).

Balmert v. Reliance Standard Life Ins. Co., 601 F.3d 497 (6th Cir. 2010).   

Gunn v. Reliance Standard Life Ins. Co., 399 Fed. Appx. 147 (9th Cir. 2010).      

Gagliano v. Reliance Standard Life Ins. Co., 547 F.3d 230 (4th Cir. 2008).

Mohnkern v. Professional Ins. Co., 542 F.3d 157 (6th Cir. 2008).

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