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Overview

Years in the trenches as in-house counsel for a major construction firm have given Josh a real-world understanding of the concerns of owners, developers, architects and contractors.

Each group recognizes Josh’s advice as authentic − from the onset of planning to the ribbon-cutting ceremony. He is motivated to the core to help his clients navigate the complexities of commercial construction projects.

A dedicated advocate, Josh has represented clients in more than 50 American Arbitration Association (AAA) hearings, as well as numerous state and federal court and jury trials. He also has served as an arbitrator on the AAA construction industry panel of neutrals for 10 years. Josh also assists clients with matters concerning employment law.


Industry

Services

Recognition

  • The Best Lawyers in America©,Construction Law, 2017-2021

Education

  • J.D., University of Wisconsin Law School
  • B.A., Colorado College

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • American Arbitration Association, Construction Industry Roster, Arbitrator
  • Association of Licensed Architects, Wisconsin Chapter Counsel
  • Associated Builders and Contractors, Human Resources Committee
  • Construction Financial Managers Association
  • Construction Lawyers Society of America (CLSA), Fellow
  • Surety Association of Wisconsin
Experience
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of commercial HVAC client and its surety company defeating a lower tier supplier's claim. Court found in favor of our client, that claimant notice obligations had not been met under Wisconsin law.
  • Successfully recovered several design defect claims on behalf of medical clinic under $4M+ contract with design firm for hospital and cancer center in Wisconsin, increasing initial offered settlement by nearly 400 percent.
  • Represented roofing client in breach of contract and lien foreclosure when property owner acted as own general contractor and failed to pay for +$200,000 of completed and contracted work, alleging defects with our client's work and violations of Wisconsin's Deceptive Trade Practices Act (DTPA). Court trial found no DTPA wrongdoing and awarded our client 100% of damages with 12% interest and attorney fees.
  • Represented a German family-owned company in the drafting and negotiation of construction contracts for the building of a new office building and production facility on a previously undeveloped site in the Denver area.
  • Prepared owner agreements for large private university for three new projects within 18 months totaling more than $230m. Developed standard RFP forms to tie the university's proposal requests into construction and design agreements; and developed standard owner-construction manager agreements and standard owner-architect agreements; negotiated directly with the selected contractors and design firms.
  • Provided full development and negotiation of owner contracts for the $78 million St. Louis Community Ice Center, the official practice facility of the St. Louis Blues; and prepared owner for potential challenges related to a time sensitive and fast track project of this scale.
  • Successfully defended a general contractor in federal court, defeating a $3.1 million delay claim resulting in a fractional $3,100 award.
  • Obtained $800,000 award representing general contractor wrongfully terminated by owner after performing cost-plus construction project.
  • Secured $650,000 award representing municipal owner that incurred extra costs following negligent environmental survey.
  • Negotiated $475,000 settlement representing municipal owner that incurred extra costs due to defective design.
  • Won jury verdict in favor of surety to collect project funds after owner claimed contractor default.
  • Obtained jury verdict in favor of municipal owner defending against contractor's claims of concealed-conditions costs.
  • Obtained summary judgment dismissing discrimination claim against restaurant franchise in federal court.
  • Defeated injunction action brought in federal court to restrain an individual from competing with former employer.
Articles | July 2020
Athletic Business: Fiserv Forum Makes Most of Inclusionary Construction

Joshua Levy and David Carr review how an arena or stadium project can meet diversity & inclusion construction goals. 

Articles | October 04, 2019
Schemes, Scams & Occupational Fraud
Articles | Winter 2019
Licensed Architect: Do the "Write" Thing

Josh Levy offers some perspective on contracts--and how they should be viewed during performance of a project--for licensed architects to consider.

White Papers | November 14, 2018
The Fiction of the One-Year Warranty

Lawyers often have to correct common misunderstandings clients have regarding certain legal principles, such as the ability to recover attorney’s fees in litigation and what may be covered by their insurance policies.

Articles | October 26, 2018
Construction Executive: The Fiction of the One-year Warranty

Joshua Levy writes about a common misconception in construction law: that exposure to claims ends after the expiration of a one-year warranty.

White Papers | August 16, 2018
When & How to Use Digital Signatures in Construction

An electronic signature, or e-signature, is simply data in electronic form used by a signatory to indicate assent on an electronic document.

Articles | March 26, 2018
Construction Executive: Fraud, Forgery and Outright Theft: Strategies to Protect Project Funds

Joshua Levy alerts contractors to ways fraud commonly occurs in the construction industry.

Seminars | March 11, 2020
Construction Academy 2020 - Milwaukee
Seminars | May 2, 2019
Construction Academy 2019 - Denver
Seminars | April 18, 2019
Construction Academy 2019 - Omaha
Seminars | April 4, 2019
Construction Academy 2019 - Dallas
Seminars | March 7, 2019
Milwaukee Construction Academy 2019
Seminars | April 12, 2018
Dallas Construction Academy 2018
Seminars | March 14, 2018
Denver Construction Academy 2018
Seminars | March 1, 2018
Milwaukee Construction Academy 2018
Seminars | October 5, 2017
Association Academy October 2017
News Releases | August 15, 2019
Husch Blackwell Places 143 Lawyers in 2020 BL Rankings' Best Lawyers in America®

The firm has eight "Lawyers of the Year" and 11 attorneys appearing on the list for the first time.

News Releases | July 22, 2019
Husch Blackwell Launches Construction Academy

The Academy aims to include diverse voices and stakeholders including business leaders from the construction, design, engineering, development and project funding fields, as well as trade associations, universities, and policymakers.

News Releases | August 15, 2018
Husch Blackwell Places 143 Lawyers in 2019 BL Rankings' Best Lawyers in America®

The Best Lawyers in America® has listed 143 Husch Blackwell attorneys in its 2019 directory. The firm has eight "Lawyers of the Year" and five attorneys appearing on the list for the first time.

News Releases | June 26, 2018
Levy, Meier Named to Fellowship in Construction Lawyers Society of America

Joshua Levy and Eric Meier join the invitation-only construction lawyer honorary society.

Media Mentions | January 24, 2018
The Dispute Resolver: Midwinter Meeting - D1 Breakfast Program

Joshua Levy participates in a panel that offers best practices for handling expert witnesses in construction disputes.

Outside the Office

Josh and his family share a passion for downhill skiing and rock climbing.

Vacations for his family often revolve around adventure activities such as ziplining, skiing and golf.

A self-professed music lover, Josh attends as many live concerts as he can. He is also proud to call himself a season ticketholder to Wisconsin Badger football.

Community Leadership

Josh is the founder of the Whitefish Bay branch of Little League’s Challenger Division, which provides people of all ages and abilities a chance to play baseball.

He also served as Little League president from 2011 to 2014. Josh’s sons have joined him, coordinating the village’s Buddy program for the competitors and helping the players bat, catch and run the bases.

Other leadership roles include:

  • St. Francis Children’s Center, Board of Directors, 2002-2016
  • Urban Ecology Center, Human Resources Committee
  • Whitefish Bay Park Advisory Committee
Breachless Execution

Josh has developed a training program called Breachless Execution, which he delivers in seminars and for his clients. The training offers guidance to project teams on how contracts are used to plan and deliver projects with reduced risk while enhancing customer satisfaction.

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