Josh L. Launer Associate

Boston, MA

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Josh L. Launer

Josh is an associate in the Boston office of Morrison Mahoney. He concentrates his practice in tort liability and defense and represents insurers, companies and individuals in product liability, premises liability, personal injury and employment matters. His practice also focuses on defending businesses against claims of violation of MGL c. 93A and other commercial and business litigation matters. Additionally, Josh represents law firms and attorneys in legal malpractice claims and matters before the Board of Bar Overseers. 

With over thirteen years of civil litigation and trial experience, Josh has successfully tried cases in both state and federal court, and before arbitrators.  He has conducted numerous internal corporate and government investigations and also served as a special assistant district attorney (ADA) in Middlesex County where he tried misdemeanor and felony cases.

Prior to joining the firm, Josh was a litigation associate at a multinational law firm headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts., served as a general counsel for a hospice and home health company, and as an assistant general counsel overseeing litigation for a multi-state hospital health system. 

While in law school, Josh served as the lead articles editor and on the Board of Editors for the Suffolk University Law Review and was a finalist in the Walter H. McLaughlin Appellate Advocacy Competition.

Representative Experience

  • Obtained a $8M award plus 100% of attorney’s fees, in a three-week arbitration of a post-closing dispute alleging allegations of accounting fraud, pervasive violations of Medicare/Medicaid regulations and ERISA fraud. Prevailed in obtaining an award of multi-million dollars in attorney’s fees.
  • Successfully defended a Cambridge, Massachusetts medical device company in defense of claims of violations of Massachusetts General Laws c. 93A, breach of an international distribution agreement and violation of the Lanham Act in a week-long arbitration.
  • Obtained a defense verdict in Worcester Superior Court defending a cigarette manufacturer in a products liability and wrongful death action against claims of defective design. This involved a month-long jury trial.
  • Obtained a defense verdict in Massachusetts Federal District Court on behalf of a Massachusetts travel company alleging trademark infringement against one of its competitors that rebranded under a confusingly similar name. This involved a week-long jury trial.
  • Successfully briefed, argued and defeated the defendants’ motion for summary judgment on behalf of 21 current and former inmates of the Massachusetts Department of Correction who had alleged violations of the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments, § 1983 and the Massachusetts Civil Rights Act, leading to an extremely favorable settlement for the plaintiffs and changes in department policy. This involved a 10-hour hearing over four days.
  • Served on the team acting as Independent Counsel to a local community college that conducted an internal investigation into allegations that employees of the college sexually assaulted female students, failed to report such incidents pursuant to the federal Cleary Act, and took actions to cover up the alleged incidents, which led to disciplinary action against certain employees and the Board of Trustees implementing significant reforms into the policies and procedures of the college.
  • Conducted a months-long internal investigation on behalf of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court into the hiring and promotion practices within the Massachusetts Probation Department that led to termination or resignation of the entire senior leadership of the Probation Department and other sweeping changes in state government employment practices.


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Boston, MA Office

250 Summer Street
Boston, MA 02210
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Areas of Practice

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts


  • B.A. — University of Michigan
  • J.D., magna cum laude — Suffolk University Law School

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