Joseph A. Bahgat

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Entertainment & Sports Attorney in Philadelphia, PA

The Privacy Firm PC
 | 1701 Walnut Street, 7th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: 877-721-9027
Selected to Rising Stars: 2012, 2014 - 2017
Licensed Since: 2007
Practice Areas:
  • Entertainment & Sports (30%),
  • Intellectual Property Litigation (20%),
  • Appellate (20%),
  • Constitutional Law (10%),
  • Criminal Defense: White Collar (10%),
  • Media and Advertising (10%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Arabic
Attorney Profile

Joseph A. Bahgat serves clients all over the United States (and beyond) from his offices in the Greater New York City area, and also in Columbus, Ohio, which he shares with his father. Joe grew up playing several musical instruments, as well as football & baseball, but having worked in his father's law office since he learned how to type, he grew up wanting to be a trial lawyer. But law school was many years away, so Joe continued to play music, and then when he got to college he discovered jazz. Before graduating from college, Joe already had a working jazz trio/quartet that performed regularly in jazz clubs throughout NYC, New Jersey, and Philadelphia, and he was performing as a sideman all over the world with renowned artists like The Fins, The Four Tops, Tom Harrell, and Ray Charles.

For Joe, life as a professional musician living in NYC was full of reminders of all the legal issues faced by those in the entertainment industry, which eventually pushed him to finally fulfill his lifelong desire to become an attorney. Now, Joe works with entrepreneurs, small business owners, and creative professionals, helping them to recognize & protect their intellectual property interests, and minimize the myriad technology-related risks associated with operating a successful business today. Joe has unique insight gained from his combined experience in litigation and the entertainment industry, which he uses to guide his clients in areas of intellectual property litigation, media & entertainment law, Internet & privacy matters, and white-collar crime.

Joe excelled in his academic career, beginning in 1998 in New Brunswick at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in 2001 and went to earn a Master of Arts in 2004 at the Newark location. He continued his education at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, graduating in 2007. The New Jersey State Bar Association and the Ohio State Bar Association subsequently granted him admission as well as several U.S. district courts.

During his time at Rutgers, Joe earned high academic honors. He also graduated from law school with honors. The Rising Stars list recognized Joe as a top lawyer, among less than 2.5 percent of his peers within New Jersey in 2012, 2014, 2015, and 2016. His published writings are in various editions of New Jersey Lawyer magazine.

Joe has served within the legal community in many capacities, including as a member of the #ABATECHSHOW Planning Board. He is an advocate of civil rights and social action, and supports causes related to arts and culture. Joe has also dedicated his time and service to disaster and humanitarian relief, and since 2012 served as a volunteer firefighter in one of the busiest fire districts in the state of New Jersey.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Entertainment & Sports (30%): Entertainment, Sports & Leisure Law

Intellectual Property Litigation (20%)

Appellate (20%): Appeals

Constitutional Law (10%)

Criminal Defense: White Collar (10%): White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal

Media and Advertising (10%): Defamation, Libel, Slander, Communications and Media Law

Focus Areas

Entertainment & Sports: Entertainment, Sports & Leisure Law

Appellate: Appeals

Criminal Defense: White Collar: White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal

Media and Advertising: Defamation, Libel, Slander, Communications and Media Law


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Rising Stars: 2012, 2014 - 2017

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About Joseph Bahgat

Admitted: 2007, Pennsylvania

Professional Webpage:

Honors and Awards:

  • Honoring the law’s smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries, & leaders , Fastcase 50,, 2017
  • Superb Rating – 10.0,, 2016
  • Superb Rating – 10.0,, 2015
  • Super Rating – 10.0,, 2014
  • Superb Rating - 10.0,, 2013
  • Superb Rating – 9.0,, 2012
  • Excellent Rating,, 2011
  • Recognized for pro bono criminal defense and acquittal of an alien juvenile charged with felony weapons charges., Pro Bono, Columbus Bar Association, 2007
  • Recognized for pro bono criminal defense and acquittal of an alien juvenile charged with felony weapons charges., Public Service Fellow, Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation, 2007
  • Recognized for outstanding legal research capabilities, High Personal Standards Award, LexisNexis, 2005

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. Please visit the Super Lawyers Selection Process for a detailed description of the Super Lawyers selection methodology.

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, 2017
  • Bar of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, 2017
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, 2017
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, 2016
  • Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, 2014
  • Vice President, New Brunswick Bar Association , 2014
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 2013
  • ABATECHSHOW Planning Board, 2013
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas, 2012
  • New Jersey State Bar Association; Young Lawyers Division Executive Committee, Privacy Law Committee, Appellate Practice Committee (current), 2011
  • Past-Chair, GP|Solo Division Intellectual Property Law Committee, American Bar Association, 2011
  • Vice-Chair, GP|Solo Division Technology Committee, American Bar Association, 2011
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, 2008
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 2008
  • New Jersey, 2008
  • Ohio, 2007

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Volunteer Firefighter, East Brunswick Independent Fire Co., 2012
  • Cooperating Attorney, Electronic Frontier Foundation (current), 2011
  • Construction Crew Lead, Habitat for Humanity - Built and supervised complete construction of two homes from foundation to finish, and contributed to and oversaw construction of aspects of several other new-home builds, 2007
  • Music Instructor, New Brunswick Jazz Institute - Taught weekly private and group music lessons on saxophone, flute, clarinet, and music theory to underprivileged middle-school-aged children, 1998

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • Won motion to quash ISP subpoena served on WOW! Cable Internet & Phone in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit Court of Illinois, 2013
  • Successfully defended collection of and invalidated a $50,000 out-of-state judgment originating in the state of Maine, 2012
  • Won summary judgment in a declaratory judgment action seeking insurance coverage/indemnification in multi-million-dollar premises liability case, 2011

Representative Clients:

  • Successfully defended entrepreneurial graphic designer in connection with Lanham Act and state-law right-of-publicity claims, and obtained attorney's fee award, 2012

Educational Background:

  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, M.A., Etymology in journalism; civil rights movement’s impact on the music industry, Assistant Director, Rutgers University Jazz Ensemble, 2004
  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, B.A., Jazz Studies, 2000

Industry Groups

  • Entertainment
  • Film
  • Media
  • Sports
Office Location for Joseph A. Bahgat

1701 Walnut Street
7th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Phone: 877-721-9027


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Last Updated: 10/31/2017

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