Josh leads the firm’s eminent domain practice group and practices primarily in the areas of eminent domain, construction, real estate, transportation, utilities, and environmental law.
Prior to joining Kennedy & Graven, Josh worked as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Washington. In this role, he represented the State Department of Transportation in condemnation cases, bridge strike and other affirmative actions brought on behalf of the state, and a variety of litigation related to public projects and land use.
Before this, Josh represented Washington State’s largest psychiatric hospital and the state’s program for the civil commitment of sexually violent predators. Litigation involved federal civil rights cases, medical malpractice, torts, public records lawsuits, and a busy trial practice in civil commitment cases. Having conducted over a hundred civil court trials, appeals in state and federal courts, and frequent mediations, Josh enjoys advocating for his public-entity clients in a wide variety of settings.
During law school, Josh clerked for the Oregon Department of Justice, externed for U.S. District Court Judge Michael W. Mosman, served on the Lewis & Clark Law Review as a Lead Articles Editor, and worked in the school’s low-income legal clinic where he received the Outstanding Client Advocacy Award.
Prior to law practice, Josh spent over ten years as a merchant mariner, and is licensed as a Mate and First Class Pilot on the Great Lakes and connecting waters.
Born and raised on the Iron Range, Josh enjoys a variety of outdoor activities, including mountain biking, fishing, hiking, and cross-country skiing. He and his partner Aimee live in Minneapolis and enjoy travel, food, and their three disobedient pets.
Education Lewis & Clark Law School, Portland, Oregon J.D. magna cum laude – 2015
University of Wisconsin, Superior B.S. cum laude – 2011
Bar Admissions Minnesota Washington U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR)