David H. Joseph

David Joseph


David Joseph is chair of Stradley Ronon’s business department and serves on the firm’s board of directors. As business department chair, he is responsible for the management and oversight of more than 70 attorneys across a diverse array of transactional and advisory disciplines, including corporate, mergers and acquisitions, securities, finance, intellectual property, real estate and government affairs. As a member of the firm’s board of directors, David works to develop and execute broader firm strategic and operational initiatives.

David also maintains a thriving practice, advising private and public companies in a variety of industries on business and transactional matters. His practice includes securitization and structured finance, litigation funding, mergers and acquisitions, public and private securities offerings, private investment funds, derivatives, commercial finance and general corporate work. David is particularly active in the mortgage industry, regularly representing originators, servicers, investors, insurers and other market participants in transactions and matters involving mortgage loans, mortgage servicing rights and mortgage-backed securities.

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Representative Matters

  • assisted a patent litigation funding platform with the design and execution of a novel financing structure for multiple large patent infringement cases
  • worked with a broad range of institutional investors to craft and implement strategies to mitigate losses on their portfolios of private label residential mortgage-backed securities
  • acted as issuer counsel for a federal government agency in connection with its program to re-securitize mortgage-backed securities and asset-backed securities held by failed financial institutions
  • represented national mortgage originators in the negotiation and implementation of mortgage loan flow sale and servicing arrangements, whole loan trades and mortgage servicing rights trades with various capital markets counterparties
  • counseled a publicly held bank holding company in connection with the acquisition of multiple bank holding companies, banks and investment advisory firms
  • assisted a bank holding company with a registered direct offering of its publicly traded common stock
  • served as issuer counsel for national mortgage lenders in connection with their residential mortgage loan securitization programs, which consisted of regular public offerings of asset-backed securities
  • advised a private-equity portfolio company in the security alarm industry in connection with the negotiation of a syndicated credit facility and the implementation of its program of strategic acquisitions of its franchises throughout the United States
  • represented a national mortgage loan servicer in its acquisition of a servicing platform and portfolio of mortgage servicing rights from the bankruptcy estate of a failed mortgage originator
  • negotiated and documented the sale of a branch network and related assets for a national mortgage lender
  • structured and documented a privately placed securitization of tax-exempt equipment leases for a Wall Street investment bank
  • advised a New York-based bank in its capacity as trustee in several publicly offered stranded cost securitizations for regional utilities in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Michigan, Massachusetts, Texas and New Hampshire
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Bar Admissions
  • Pennsylvania
  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • J.D., summa cum laude, Temple University Beasley School of Law
  • B.S.E., The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

  • Corporate Executive Board, Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Corporate Partners Board, Mann Center for the Performing Arts
  • Peale Circle Member, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
  • Structured Finance Industry Group
  • Wharton Alumni Club of Philadelphia

Speaking Engagements

  • Presenter, "The State of the Private-Label RMBS Market," The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia 
  • Presenter, "Structured Finance & Securitization: Loss Mitigation Adventures in Today’s Tempestuous Capital Markets," Meritas 22nd Annual Meeting
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  • Suburban Life Magazine, "Five-star Attorney"
  • Suburban Life Magazine, "Top Attorney"
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In The Community

An avid supporter of the arts, David serves on the corporate executive board of the Philadelphia Art Museum, corporate partners board of the Mann Center for the Performing Arts and Peale Circle of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Through these organizations, he helps to raise funds to finance the education and development of aspiring young musicians and artists in the greater Philadelphia region.
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