Josh was born in St. Louis, Missouri, the “show me” state, where he was raised as the middle child born between two brothers. He moved from the Midwest after high school and attended the non-traditional Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington where he carried with him the demand of the motto from the “show me state.”
While in college Josh focused in an area of study that combined the modern history of the United States and the former Soviet Union with the philosophical conundrums of contemporary German philosophy. After college Josh worked in the trade show industry by managing and arranging labor personnel for installation projects. During that time Josh worked with many different groups, unions and individuals and was readily exposed to the disparate treatment of those individuals who were underrepresented and categorized as “minorities”.
Josh began interning and clerking with law firms in the Portland, Oregon area in 2000. By 2003 he was certified by the Oregon Supreme Court to appear and litigate misdemeanor matters in court as an apprentice law student under the supervision of a practicing attorney. He litigated several misdemeanor trials prior to finishing law school and prior to admittance to the bar association.
Josh was admitted to practice law in the State of Oregon in 2004. He continued his employment as an attorney by working mostly criminal court-appointed cases. In 2008 he decided to shift into private practice taking with him the experience of handling a voluminous case load as a public defender while focusing on developing a more personal approach to his clients. Through his continued curiosity, largely derived from the echoing mantra of “show me” that was engrained as a child, and his passion for non-traditional approaches that was harnessed in his college days Josh embraces legal challenges with a fresh perspective.
With each client Josh attempts to remind both the court and the opponent of the human story that distinguishes each case. By bringing the human element back into litigation Josh strives to demand the right result while maintaining his clients’ integrity, dignity and self-respect. He takes pride in assisting individuals that face the challenge of opposing large and seemingly faceless entities, such as the government. Josh has taken his trial experience from public defense and integrated those skills into private practice to better serve his clients on a personal basis. Additionally, Josh has been able to widen the variety of cases that he handles ranging from misdemeanors to major felonies. Josh has focused his practice area on the litigation of traffic offenses and allegations involving controlled substances. Josh is a lifetime member of NORML and has been defending good people with significant health issues that have been accused of violating Oregon’s medical marijuana laws.
J.D., Willamette University College of Law, Salem, Oregon, 2004
B.A., Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA, 1997
Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (OCDLA)
Member Since: 2004
Legislative Committee Member as DUII law specialist
Oregon State Bar
Member Since: 2004