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, credit agreements, and convertible notes; 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; and challenges to administrative agency actions. 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.

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 & Jacobson, Josh was a law clerk to the Hon. Thomas L. Ambro of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and practiced for nearly a decade at a Washington, D.C. litigation firm. He is a native of Nashville, where he graduated from Hume-Fogg.


  • 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

Tennessee, 2022
New York, 2012


Phone: (615) 320-3700 ext. 134