Joshua W. Ruthizer

Joshua W. Ruthizer


  • Columbia University School of Law (J.D., 2003)
  • Lafayette College (B.A. History, B.A. Philosophy, 2000)

Bar Admission

  • State of New York
  • State of Florida
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of New York
  • U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida

Josh Ruthizer is an accomplished lawyer with nearly two decades of experience representing clients in securities and complex commercial litigation. 

Josh Ruthizer’s practice focuses on the prosecution of securities class actions and other complex litigations. He represents the firm’s clients in jurisdictions throughout the country.  Over the course of his career, he has obtained hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of investors and other plaintiffs.  Most recently, Josh was lead counsel to the certified class in Jackson v. Microchip Technology Inc., which resulted in a $9 million settlement for purchasers of Microchip common stock.  He was also counsel to The Funicular Fund in its appraisal proceeding against Bristow Group Inc., which reached a confidential resolution in 2021.  

Other notable litigations in which Josh recovered damages for investors include Plumbers’ & Pipefitters’ Local #562 Supplemental Plan & Trust et al. v. J.P. Morgan Acceptance Corp. I, which resulted in a settlement of $280 million for investors in Residential Mortgage Backed Securities issued by an affiliate of JPMorgan, and New Jersey, Division of Investment v. Merrill Lynch & Co, Inc., an opt-out litigation that secured a $45 million recovery for the New Jersey state pension fund.

Prior to joining Wolf Popper, Josh participated in a six month public interest externship with the New York City Corporation Counsel’s office, where he first chaired more than fifteen jury trials in New York Supreme Court, Bronx County. 

Josh is a graduate of Lafayette College (B.A. History, B.A. Philosophy, 2000) and Columbia Law School (J.D., 2003).  He is a past member of The New York City Bar Association’s Judiciary Committee and Federal Courts Committee, and chaired the Federal Courts Committee’s Supreme Court Subcommittee for three years.

Josh was named as a Super Lawyer (New York Metro Edition) in the practice area of Securities Litigation from 2019-2022, and was listed as a Rising Star in Securities Litigation from 2014 through 2018.  Josh was awarded the Legal Aid Society's Award for Outstanding Pro Bono service in 2005 and was an Empire State Counsel honoree in 2008. 

Josh also frequently lectures concerning securities and fiduciary duty issues at investor and pension plan forums.  Some of his recent presentations and panel discussions include:

The Case For and Against Shareholders Litigating ESG Issues, Texas Association of Public Employee Retirement Systems’ 2022 Educational Forum, August 22, 2022, and National Conference on Public Employee Retirement Systems Annual Conference & Exhibition, May 25, 2022;

Will Crypto Currency Ever be Appropriate for Institutional Investors?; KORIED Plan Sponsor Educational Institute, January 21, 2022

Law & Disorder…Ripped from the Headlines, KORIED Plan Sponsor Educational Institute, January 19, 2022;

Securities Fraud Litigation in the Age of Covid-19: Trends, Issues, and Practical Implications, KORIED Global Summit, July 15, 2021;

Securities Fraud in the Age of COVID-19: Protecting Your Portfolio, National Conference on Public Employee Retirement Systems Virtual Fall Conference, February 2, 2021;

Securities Litigation Q&A, Florida Public Pension Trustees Association Trustee School, February 4, 2019;

Ten Years After the Financial Crisis:  Where Are We Now?, Texas Association of Public Employee Retirement Systems’ 2018 Summer Educational Forum, August 13, 2018; and

Hot Topics in Corporate Governance, Texas Association of Public Employee Retirement Systems’ 2018 Annual Conference, April 16, 2018.