Josh Howley, who is part of the Firm's Litigation Practice Group and a member of the Firm’s Management Committee,
regularly practices in state and federal courts, including bankruptcy courts,
primarily in New York and New Jersey.
One of his specialties is representing traditional lenders, hedge
funds, servicers and receivers in asset recovery litigation. Mr. Howley is also frequently hired when mortgage loans go into default and
the borrower asserts defenses. In a unanimous opinion dated July 1,
2020, Mr. Howley succeeded before the Supreme Court of New Jersey, on behalf of
a prominent New Jersey bank, in establishing that an assignee of a lost
original promissory note can enforce it based on a lost note affidavit even
though the assignee was not the creditor that lost the original. This
decision created strong, pro-lender precedent in New Jersey.
He is an efficient and effective problem solver. While Mr. Howley is known for being aggressive,
he understands that not all matters require a scorched earth approach. This recognition is one of the things that
makes him successful: he recognizes
that each case is unique and he tailors his approach to the facts presented.
Mr. Howley prides himself on responsiveness. He recognizes that the Firm's clients are
retaining him for, in part, being available whenever necessary to solve their
problems. This includes overnight and on
Mr. Howley clerked for the Hon. Charles J. Walsh, an esteemed
New Jersey judge before starting at Skadden Arps in 2002, where he worked until
joining Sills Cummis & Gross in February 2006.
He made partner at Sills Cummis in October 2010 at the age of 35. He has been recognized by various
publications, including the New Jersey Law Journal's 40 Under 40 list for 2011,
Benchmark Litigation, Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers. (See Rankings & Recognition section below.) Mr. Howley is active in the Mortgage
Bankers Association, and he is the Vice Chairman of the Board of the Northern
New Jersey Chapter of the American Red Cross.
Mr. Howley has two young children who keep him grounded. He enjoys
golfing, good food and wine, and seeing live music.