Joshua Newcomer

McKool Smith - Texas


600 Travis Street, Suite 7000
Houston, TX 77002

+1 713 485 7316

Future Star

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Joshua Newcomer is a principal in McKool Smith’s Houston office. His practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, with an emphasis on financial, fiduciary, and energy disputes. 

Prior to joining McKool Smith, Joshua was an associate at an international law firm. He also previously served as a law clerk to the Honorable Carolyn Dineen King of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and to the Honorable William H. Yohn Jr. of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Before attending law school, Joshua was an associate consultant for L.E.K. Consulting in Boston and Singapore, where he focused on business strategy and shareholder valuation. 

Joshua has been recognized as a “Future Star” by Benchmark Litigation, a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers, and among the “Top 40 Under 40” by the Houston Business Journal. He has also been recognized among Lawdragon’s “500 Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyers,” and “Lawyer of the Week” by The Times of London. He is a graduate of Temple University School of Law and the University of Pennsylvania. 

Representative matter highlights: 

  • Representing the Trustee of the Tops bankruptcy estates in pursuing hundreds of millions of dollars of claims against the former owners and directors of the Tops grocery chain who orchestrated, authorized, and received illicit dividends from the company. 
  • Representing Zachry Construction Corporation, Zachry American Infrastructure, and Zachry Industrial Inc. in defense of related fiduciary duty and fraudulent transfer claims arising out of construction of a billion-dollar public-private partnership toll road. 
  • Represented Alcoa Power and Gas Inc. in defense of a case brought by the State of North Carolina concerning ownership rights to North Carolina’s second-largest river system and the right to control hydroelectric power in the Yadkin Valley. 
  • Defended Antigua and Barbuda in two RICO class actions over that government’s alleged involvement in the R. Allen Stanford $8 billion Ponzi scheme, and in two related lawsuits. Argued and obtained favorable ruling from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals regarding sovereign immunity defenses 


Updated Sep 2021