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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

Service

Recognition

  • The Best Lawyers in America, Construction Law, 2017-2019

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 Associations and Memberships

  • 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
  • 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.
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.