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Joshua W. Ruthizer

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Securities Litigation Attorney in New York, NY

Wolf Popper LLP
845 3rd Avenue, 12th Floor
New York, NY 10022-6601
Phone: 212-451-9668
Fax: 212-486-2093
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2022
Selected to Rising Stars: 2014 - 2018
Licensed in New York Since: 2004
Education: Columbia Law School
Practice Areas: Securities Litigation, Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff, Appellate, Business Litigation
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Attorney Profile

A partner at Wolf Popper LLP, Joshua W. Ruthizer handles complex cases involving corporate transactions, consumer fraud, fiduciary responsibility and securities litigation. From the firm's office in New York, New York, he has been at the helm of class action lawsuits representing investors. Mr. Ruthizer's diligent efforts contributed to the recovery of $280 million in a case involving the fraudulent issuance of securities backed by residential mortgages. The New Jersey Division of Investment also benefited from his representation in a case against Merrill Lynch that resulted in a $45 million settlement.

As an undergraduate, Mr. Ruthizer attended Lafayette College and received a Bachelor of Arts in history and philosophy in 2000. He then pursued his legal education at Columbia Law School and was awarded his Juris Doctor in 2003. After graduation, Mr. Ruthizer was an associate with the New York City office of a prominent international law firm before joining Wolf Popper LLP, where he became a partner in 2015. He also served an externship with the New York City Law Department.

Admitted to practice in New York and Florida, Mr. Ruthizer is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of New York, the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States. Mr. Ruthizer has been a member of several legal organizations, including the Federal Bar Council and the Judiciary and Federal Courts committees of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.

Practice Areas
  • 50%Securities Litigation
  • 30%Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff
  • 10%Appellate
  • 10%Business Litigation
Focus Areas

Class Actions, Appeals


4 Years Super Lawyers
5 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2022
  • Rising Stars: 2014 - 2018

About Joshua W. Ruthizer

First Admitted: 2004, New York

Professional Webpage:

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • How Does a Brazilian Bribery Scandal Impact Your Funds?, National Association of Police Organizations
  • Volkswagen, Securities Fraud, and Monitoring: What Trustees Need to Know, National Association of Police Organizations, 29th Annual Police, Fire, EMS and Municipal Employee Pension and Benefits Seminar, February 28, 2017
  • Exploring Portfolio Trends: How Global Markets Affect High Net Worth Clients and Their Investments, Annual Private Wealth Latin America and the Caribbean Forum, October 19, 2016
  • Recent Securities Frauds, Florida Public Pension Trustees Association Trustees School, September 27, 2016
  • The Role of Fiduciaries: Considerations for 529 Plans, National Association of State Treasurers Management Training Symposium, June 15, 2016

Educational Background

  • Lafayette College, B.A., History & Philosophy, 2000, 2000
  • Columbia Law School, J.D. , 2003


  • Outstanding Pro Bono Service, Legal Aid Society of New York, 2005
  • Rising Star by Super Lawyers, New York--Metro Edition, 2014, 2015, and 2016
  • Empire State Counsel Honoree, New York State Bar Association, 2008

Bar/Professional Activity

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York, 2006
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, 2019
  • American Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, 2005
  • New York City Bar Association, Federal Courts Committee and Chair Supreme Court Roundup Subcommittee, 2010-2013
  • Federal Bar Council
  • Supreme Court of the United States, 2008
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, 2012
  • New York State Bar Association: Committee on Media Law, 2004 to 2007
  • State of Florida, 2011
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, 2005
  • New York City Bar Association: Judiciary Committee, 2013-2016; 2018-Present
  • New York City Bar Association, Entertainment Law Committee, 2005 to 2007
  • State of New York, 2004
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 2005


  • $45 million settlement in New Jersey, Division of Investment v. Merrill Lynch & Co, Inc., (N.J. Super. Ct.), a breach of contract litigation (and class action opt-out litigation) on behalf of the State of New Jersey, Division of Investment and concerning the State's purchase of $300 million of Merrill Lynch preferred stock and subsequent conversion of the stock to common stock.  The litigation concerned, among other things, allegations that Merrill Lynch warranted that all preferred shareholders would recieve the same terms in conversion, but gave one preferred shareholder more favorable terms.   , 2013
  • $10 million settlement in In re Sauer-Danfoss, Inc. Stockholder Litigation (Del. Ch. Ct.), a breach of fiduciary duty class action on behalf of investors in Sauer-Danfoss, Inc. common stock.  The litigation concerned allegations that Danfoss A/S, the parent of Sauer-Danfoss, took Sauer-Danfoss private at an unfair price and through an unfair process., 2017
  • $280 million in Plumbers’ & Pipefitters’ Local #562 Supplemental Plan & Trust et al. v. J.P. Morgan Acceptance Corp. (E.D.N.Y.), a securities class action on behalf of investors who purchased certain mortgage pass-through certificates (mortgage-backed securities) issued by JPMorgan Acquisition Corp. ("JPMAC") or its affiliates.  The litigation concerned allegations that the offering documents pursuant to which the JPMAC securities were sold contained misrepresentations and omitted to disclose information concerning the underwriting of the mortgage loans serving as collateral for the securities., 2014
  • $43.75 million in Bach v. Amedisys, Inc. (M.D. La.), a securities fraud class action on behalf of purchasers of Amedisys common stock.  The case concerned allegations that Amedisys, a home healthcare provider, was involved in a scheme to inflate revenues through a then-undisclosed Medicare fraud scheme.  , 2017

Representative Clients

  • In re Long Island Power Authority Hurricane Sandy Litigation, a breach of contract class action arising out of the Long Island Power Authority's and National Grid Electric Services's preparation for and response to Superstorm Sandy., 2013
  • Jackson v. Microchip Technologies (D. Ariz), a securities fraud class action alleging Microchip made materially false and misleading statements concerning its acquisition of Microsemi Corp., 2018
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Office Location for Joshua W. Ruthizer

845 3rd Avenue
12th Floor
New York, NY 10022-6601

Phone: 212-451-9668

Fax: 212-486-2093

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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