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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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As the Co-Chair of the firm’s Cyber Law and Data Protection Group, Joshua Mooney advises corporate clients on matters involving cyber risk, data protection and privacy. Josh assists clients with risk assessments and the development and implementation of cyber policies and programs toward preserving confidentiality, integrity, and availability of data. Josh assists clients in cybersecurity compliance, whether under federal or state regulations, including New York’s cyber regulations, GDPR, or vendor contractual requirements. He guides clients in investigations and responses to cybersecurity incidents, including data breaches. Josh is an editorial member of a working group of X9, an ANSI-accredited standards developing organization, charged with the development of a universal standard in the U.S. financial services industry for data protection and data breach notification.  

Josh also advises insurance carriers on complex and emerging coverage risks involving cyber and privacy rights, e-surveillance, media, advertising, and intellectual property. His coverage matters involve underlying data breaches, malware and social engineering, e-surveillance, TCPA, and invasion of privacy. He also guest-lectured on cyber insurance at Temple University Fox School of Business and Rutgers Law School. Josh is also involved in coverage matters in connection with unlawful collection and use of PII and represents media insurers in coverage matters involving entertainment and intellectual property liability, false advertising, and defamation, including claims involving Top 40 musical artists, reality television programming, newspapers, software and gaming developers, and advertising agencies. Josh also represents insurers as coverage counsel in construction defect litigation, including litigation involving construction defect class actions. 

In addition to his involvement with X9, Josh is the Chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Committee. Josh writes and lectures regularly on cyber liability, privacy, and coverage, teaching CLEs and providing in-house seminars and training. He is quoted in such publications as The Wall Street Journal, Law360, and Business Insurance. He also is a member of the ABA TIPS Cybersecurity Committee and a member of CLM, where he serves as Co-Chair of CLM’s Wiki-Insurance subcommittee. 

Josh is also the founder of The Coverage Inkwell, a blog dedicated to emerging coverage issues in cyber liability, privacy rights, and intellectual property, which 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 treatise, General Liability Insurance Coverage.

Outside of law, Josh is a founding member of the Oxford & Cambridge Society of Philadelphia, and has been designated by Cambridge in America and the University of Cambridge as an official alumnus contact for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. 

Previously, Josh served as a voting member of the Intellectual Property Rights Policy Committee of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). In law school, Josh graduated magna cum laude and was named to the Order of the Coif. Before law school, Josh wrote a Master’s dissertation and earned an M. Phil. in medieval history at the University of Cambridge. 

Representative Matters

Cyber Law and Intellectual Property Matters:

  • Assisted clients with drafting and implementing information security programs under GDPR
  • Advised clients with compliance under New York DFS cyber regulations 23 NYCRR 500, including certification and implementation of cybersecurity programs
  • Advised client on compliance under NIST SP 800-171 Standard for DoD Contracting, including development and implementation of a cyber security program 
  • Led multiple investigations of cybersecurity incidents for corporate clients
  • Led and coordinated response effort to data breach suffered by corporate client, including coordination with law enforcement
  • Coordinated and negotiated with law enforcement following contact with corporate client regarding potential data breach and identified theft ring involving former employee
  • 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:

  • Successfully represented insurer in coverage litigation involving alleged unlawful collection of personal information, OneBeacon Am. Ins. Co. v. Urban Outfitters, Inc., 21 F. Supp. 3d 426 (E.D. Pa. 2014), aff’d, 625 Fed. App’x 117 (3d Cir. 2015)
  • Successful defense of insurer in coverage matter involving high-profile security data breach committed by foreign nation state
  • Successful defense of school district in coverage litigation over high-profile class action lawsuit accusing district of using webcams in school-issued laptops to spy on students at home
  • Successfully represented insurer in coverage litigation involving underlying class action alleging false advertising, Cincinnati Ins. Co. v. KT Health Holdings, LLC, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 44432 (D. Mass. March 27, 2017)
  • Successful defense of insurer in coverage litigation involving underlying copyright infringement resulting in no-pay settlement
  • Defense of insurer in coverage litigation brought by national retailer involving underlying intellectual property infringement and violation of Indian Arts and Crafts Act
  • Successfully represented insurer in coverage matter involving diverted payments through social engineering scam
  • Successfully represented insurer in coverage matter involving breach of credit card data suffered by casino
  • Successfully represented insurer in coverage matter involving shutdown of casino gambling portals from software malfunction
  • Successfully represented media insurer in various matters involving overseas litigation for alleged copyright infringement against Top 40 musical artists
  • 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
  • Defense of insurers in multiple coverage and litigation matters involving underlying, local and nationwide construction defect litigation

Recognition & Involvement

Josh is a founding member of The Oxford & Cambridge Society of Philadelphia and 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


Pennsylvania Bar Association, Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Committee (Chair)

American Bar Association, TIPS Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Committee 

CLM; Insurance Coverage Committee and Cyber Liability Committee

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