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The Coverage Inkwell

Cyber News: Cyber Law News and Bytes

Joshua A. Mooney Partner

Co-Chair, Cyber Law and Data Protection Group
Philadelphia, PA | Direct 215.864.6345Fax 215.399.9613
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Josh leads the firm’s cybersecurity group, assisting corporate clients when addressing cybersecurity risks and data breaches, and also counseling insurance carriers on complex and emerging coverage issues involving cyber and privacy rights, e-surveillance, media and intellectual property liability, and data collection. Clients value Josh’s creative and cost-effective solutions to meet their needs and resolve their problems.

Josh helps large and small companies navigate through cyber risks and identify their obligations to protect data and provide adequate and mandated notification of data breaches under state and federal law. He helps companies evaluate and improve their cybersecurity protocols, investigate cybersecurity incidents, and he counsels companies on their legal obligations and liabilities before and after a cybersecurity incident strikes. 

Josh also advises insurance carriers on complex privacy and cybersecurity coverage issues under a variety of insurance policies, including business and general liability, directors and officers liability, errors and omissions, and financial institution bonds. His coverage matters involve claims of malware, network intrusion and data breaches, unlawful collection and use of personal information, e-surveillance, and invasion of privacy.  In addition, Josh represents media insurers in coverage matters for entertainment and intellectual property liability, false advertising, and defamation, including claims involving Top 40 musical artists, reality television programming, and advertising agencies. Josh also represents insurers as coverage counsel in construction defect litigation, including coverage litigation involving numerous nationwide construction defect class actions.

Josh writes and lectures regularly on cyber liability, cyber coverage, and privacy, teaching CLEs and providing in-house seminars and training. Josh is frequently quoted in such publications as Law360 and Business Insurance. He is also the author of The Coverage Inkwell, a blog dedicated to emerging coverage issues in cyber liability, privacy rights and intellectual property, which quickly earned a place on the Gen Re Policy Wording Matters “Good Reading” list. Josh also authored the chapter on coverage issues for privacy and cyber risks in Maniloff’s and Stempel’s top-selling insurance coverage book, General Liability Insurance Coverage.

Josh is a member of CLM's Cyber Liability and Insurance Coverage Committees, and the co-chair of CLM’s Wiki Insurance subcommittee. Previously, Josh served four years as a voting member of the Intellectual Property Rights Policy Committee of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).  In law school, Josh was a Project Editor for the American Criminal Law Review. He graduated magna cum laude and was named to the Order of the Coif. Before law school, Josh earned an M. Phil. in history at the University of Cambridge. 

Representative Matters

Josh's varied experience in insurance, cyber, and intellectual property is demonstrated in his representative matters.

Cyber Law and Intellectual Property Matters:

  • Led multiple investigations of cybersecurity incidents for corporate clients
  • Led and coordinated response efforts for corporate client following confirmed data breach, including necessary interfacing with law enforcement
  • Helped client evaluate cybersecurity protocols, revise employee handbook for cybersecurity and privacy matters, and created in-house cyber response teams with corporate cybersecurity response plan
  • Represented client in obtaining cease and desist from competitor to stop page-scraping and attacks on client’s website
  • Represented client in email hacking litigation
  • Obtained dismissal of merchandise counterfeiting lawsuit brought against large open-air market by national high-end retailer
  • Successfully defended aerospace companies in large trade secret litigation, resulting in clients’ recovery of monetary damages asserted in counterclaim
  • Brought action on behalf of aerospace company against former distributor for passing-off company’s products as its own on its website, obtaining a cease and desist agreement from distributor

Insurance Matters

  • Obtained early summary judgment for insurer in coverage litigation involving the unlawful collection of personal information by national retailer, and affirmed on appeal
  • Successfully represented insurer in coverage matter involving high-profile security data breach committed by foreign nation state in which insured later withdrew its coverage claim
  • Successfully represented media insurer in various matters involving overseas litigation for alleged copyright infringement against Top 40 musical artists
  • Obtained coverage for school district in coverage litigation over class action accusing district of using webcams in school-issued laptops to spy on students in their homes
  • Advised insurance carriers on various coverage matters involving reality television programming
  • Successfully represented insurer in coverage matter brought by prominent magazine publisher over inaccurate marketing of vacation package
  • Represented insurers in coverage and litigation matters involving underlying, local and nationwide construction defect litigation
  • Obtained summary judgment for insurer in litigation over payment of retrospective premiums insureds refused to pay because insurer had unilaterally settled underlying claims without insured’s consent

Recognition & Involvement

Josh is the alumni contact for the University of Cambridge and Cambridge in America, both for the Philadelphia Metropolitan Area and Pennsylvania at large. He is also founding member of the Oxford-Cambridge Society of Philadelphia. Josh also participates in the alumni interview program for Georgetown University Law Center.



Bar and Court Admissions


District of Columbia

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania


Georgetown University Law Center, JD, magna cum laude, 2000

University of Cambridge, Girton College, MPhil, 1994

Loyola College, BA, cum laude, 1993


CLM; Insurance Coverage Committee and Cyber Liability Committee

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