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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.




  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Construction Law, 2017-2023; Litigation - Labor and Employment, 2022-2023; Litigation - Construction, 2023
  • Wisconsin Super Lawyers, 2021-2022


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


  • 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
  • Law360 Construction Editorial Advisory Board, 2021-Present
  • Surety Association of Wisconsin
  • 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. 

Seminars | October 13, 2022
Construction Academy 2022 - Milwaukee
Seminars | September 22, 2022
Construction Academy 2022
Speaking Engagements | June 17, 2021
Panelist, "Adaptive Reuse," BizTimes
Seminars | March 11, 2020
Construction Academy 2020 - Milwaukee
Media Mentions | October 2020
Best Lawyers® 2021: The Midwest Issue
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.