Joshua S. Bolian

Josh Bolian represents clients in, and counsels clients on, commercial litigation. His work has included shareholder class actions under the Securities Act and Securities Exchange Act; fiduciary-duty claims; fraud and other business-tort disputes; breach-of-contract actions including disputes about indentures and credit agreements; international-law cases involving the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, comity, and related doctrines; fraudulent-transfer actions under the Bankruptcy Code and state law; constitutional actions including claims under the Takings Clause; legal malpractice claims; and third-party discovery disputes. Josh has litigated several cases each at every level of the federal judiciary, from bankruptcy courts to the Supreme Court of the United States. He also advises clients out of court regarding potential litigation and litigation that could affect the value of clients’ investments. Clients have praised Josh’s responsiveness, rigor, and flexibility.

Josh has repeatedly been recognized as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers. He also served for three years as a newsletter editor for the Commercial & Business Litigation Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of Litigation.

Before joining Riley Warnock & Jacobson, Josh served as a law clerk to the Hon. Thomas L. Ambro of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and practiced as an associate and partner at Robbins, Russell, Englert, Orseck & Untereiner in Washington, D.C. He received his law degree from Yale Law School, where he served as an editor of the Yale Law Journal, and his undergraduate degree magna cum laude from Harvard College, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. A Nashville native, Josh was the valedictorian of the Hume-Fogg class of 2003.

Josh is practicing pending admission in Tennessee under Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 7, section 10.07. He is admitted to practice in New York and the District of Columbia.


  • Author – 2nd Circ. Rulings Clarify FSIA’s Commercial Activity Exception, Law360 (June 17, 2020)
  • Author – Blocking Or Coercing Bond Transactions: Lessons From Recent Cases, ValueWalk (May 23, 2018)
  • Author – Escobar FCA Impact Clearer After A Year Of Interpretation, Law360 (June 16, 2017)

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation
Securities Litigation


Yale Law School, J.D. 2011
Harvard College, A.B. 2007

Bar Admission

New York, 2012
District of Columbia, 2013


Phone: (615) 320-3700 ext. 134
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