Joshua Dunlap, a member of Pierce Atwood’s Litigation Group and Appellate & Amici team, focuses his practice on civil litigation at both the trial and appellate levels. He appears in federal as well as state court, representing clients in various commercial litigation matters.
Joshua regularly defends clients in complex litigation, including class actions and multidistrict litigation. Much of his practice has involved representing financial institutions, manufacturers, retailers, and other major institutional clients in state and national consumer class actions involving various issues, including bank overdrafts, products liability, and electronic data breaches. Joshua has also represented clients in administrative proceedings. He has extensive experience handling a wide variety of claims, including breach of contract claims, unfair trade practices claims, and constitutional claims.
Joshua also represents clients before federal and state appeals courts, and has argued and won before the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. Joshua is a former federal court of appeals law clerk, having clerked for the Hon. Paul J. Kelly Jr. on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. He is admitted in multiple courts of appeal as well as the U.S. Supreme Court, having served with three Special Masters appointed by the U.S. Supreme Court to oversee original jurisdiction proceedings. Joshua's appellate experience provides clients with key strategic insights at all stages of litigation.
Honors & Distinctions
Joshua is a former member of the Edward T. Gignoux Inn of Court. He graduated first in his class at Notre Dame Law School and received the "Col. William J. Hoynes Award" for outstanding scholarship and achievement. He also received the "Faculty Academic Award" from Pensacola Christian College for academic excellence.
- Author, Maine Appeals blog
- Contributor, First Class Defense class action blog
- Co-author, First Circuit chapter, Survey of Federal Class Action Law: A Circuit-By-Circuit Analysis, ABA Publishing
- Note, When Big Brother Plays God: The Religion Clauses, Title VII, and the Ministerial Exception, 82 Notre Dame L. Rev. 2005 (2007).
- Co-author, Taking Accommodation Seriously, 2005-2006 Cato Sup. Ct. Rev. 257 (2006).