For over a decade, Josh has championed clients’ rights in state and federal courts, arbitrations, and mediations across the country. Those clients have ranged from Fortune 500 companies to small businesses and executives. His pursuit of their interests has led him to prosecute and defend against claims for accounting fraud, product liability, misappropriated intellectual property, breach of fiduciary duty, and discrimination, among many others. He also has successfully obtained and defeated TROs and preliminary injunctions.
Before joining the Firm, Josh developed his skill set at Kirkland & Ellis LLP and former litigation boutique Grippo & Elden LLC. At Grippo & Elden, he was the Associate Chair of the Electronic Discovery Resource Group, where he helped manage the firm's training and research on e-discovery. He uses and builds on this experience to help clients navigate discovery issues and limit costs before and after a dispute arises.
Josh also has served a variety of pro bono clients, including representation of mentally ill patients in a large class action suit and the defense of a wrongfully convicted inmate seeking post-trial DNA testing.
He happily devotes his free time to his wife, daughters, and three-legged rescue dog.
Barack Ferrazzano successfully prevented long-time client Louis Vuitton Malletier SA from being forced to litigate trademark issues with the manufacturer of a novelty toy purse called “Pooey Puitton” in the United States. U.S. District Judge John F. Walter granted Louis Vuitton’s motion to dismiss the declaratory action, agreeing with Louis Vuitton that trademark issues raised under foreign laws do not create a dispute under U.S. trademark laws.
Activities & Honors
- Selected, Commercial Litigation, The Best Lawyers in America© (2021)
- Selected, Emerging Lawyers Network (2017-2020)
- Selected, 40 & Under Hot List, Benchmark Litigation (2018-2020)
- Former Chair, Chicago Bar Association Federal Civil Practice Committee
- Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) Fellow, Civitas ChildLaw Center, Loyola University Chicago School of Law (2008)
- Winner, Cornell Law School Mock Trial Competition (2007)
- Law Clerk, Office of University Counsel, Cornell University (2006)
- International Academy of Trial Lawyers Award, Cornell Law School
- Notes Editor, Cornell International Law Journal
Speaking Engagements & Presentations
Articles & Publications
- April 15, 2020 – Barack Ferrazzano Client Alert
- March 27, 2020 – Barack Ferrazzano Client Alert
- October 28, 2019 – Barack Ferrazzano Client Alert
- February 25, 2019 – Barack Ferrazzano Client Alert
- December 11, 2018 – Barack Ferrazzano Client Alert
- April 17, 2018 – Barack Ferrazzano Client Alert
- July 31, 2020 – Barack Ferrazzano Press Release
- May 20, 2020 – Barack Ferrazzano Press Release
- July 2019 – Barack Ferrazzano Press Release
- May 14, 2019 – Barack Ferrazzano Press Release
- January 2019 – Barack Ferrazzano Press Release
- July 2, 2018 – Barack Ferrazzano Press Release
- December 18, 2017 – Barack Ferrazzano Press Release
- Barack Ferrazzano Congratulates Partners Nicholas Callahan, Joshua Mahoney & Jessica Heckinger NowakJanuary 2017
- April 4, 2016
- June 18, 2015
- February 25, 2015
Cornell Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2008
Carleton College, B.A. in Political Science, magna cum laude, 2005
Bar & Court Admissions
- State of Illinois
- U.S. District Court - Northern District of Illinois
- U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Michigan