Joshua W. Brownlie


    Joshua is a member of the Professional Liability Department where he focuses his practice on appellate advocacy and post-trial motions and appeals. Joshua’s practice also includes representation of clients in matters concerning civil rights and public entity litigation, employment law, school leaders’ liability, as well as premises and retail liability. Prior to joining Marshall Dennehey, Joshua served in the chambers of the Honorable Daniel D. McCaffery of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, where he engaged in the resolution of complex civil and criminal matters at the appellate level. Prior to serving in chambers, Joshua participated in Marshall Dennehey’s Summer Associate Program and served as Intern to Widener University Law School Dean, Rodney A. Smolla, where he updated federal and state jurisdictional changes in First Amendment jurisprudence for the legal treatise, “Smolla & Nimmer on Freedom of Speech.” 

    In 2021, Joshua received his juris doctor from Widener University School of Law where he graduated cum laude. During law school, Joshua was regularly recognized on the Dean’s List and held senior positions on various honor societies, including Widener Law Review, the Transactional Law Honor Society and the Moot Court Honor Society. During his tenure on the executive committee of the Moot Court Honor Society, Joshua earned top marks in many interscholastic, appellate moot court competitions including top oralist in the 2021 Touro Law Center's National Moot Court Competition on Law and Religion.  As a result of his interscholastic performance, Joshua was inducted into the Order of the Barristers, an honorary organization for graduating law students and practicing lawyers who demonstrate exceptional skill in trial advocacy, oral advocacy, and brief writing.

    Joshua is active in the community. He donates his time as a Cabin Buddy at Camp Erin, a bereavement camp for youth in Philadelphia, as well as a contributor to Steps to Cure Sarcoma, a non-profit organization dedicated to building a community of support for those in need and working to raise awareness and funds to continue the fight against sarcoma cancers.

    Classes/Seminars Taught

    Competencies for LGBTQ Clinical Practices: LGBTQ Rights and Their Progeny, Chestnut Hill College Master's Program, 2020; 2021. 

    Published Works

    “Handing Over the Public’s Purse: Political Subdivision Employees, Indemnification and Assignments,” Defense Digest, Vol. 27, No. 5, December 2021

    U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania
    U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
    Widener University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2021)
    Rowan University (B.A., summa cum laude, 2018)
    Honors & awards
    Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Star
    Associations & memberships
    Federal Bar Association
    Order of the Barristers
    Pennsylvania Bar Association
    Philadelphia Bar Association
    The Bar Association of the Third Federal Circuit
    Year joined