Joshua L. Jarrell
Of Counsel
(304) 933-8112, (304) 353-8136
Office: Bridgeport, Charleston
J.D. West Virginia University
B.S. West Virginia University
Licensure: WV
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Josh Jarrell concentrates his practice in public and project finance, municipal bonds and economic development. He also has a background in energy law and title-curative issues. His work throughout the region has built valuable relationships nationwide and fostered in-depth knowledge of options available to developers in West Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Clients appreciate his focus and accessibility as much as they do his legal experience. Josh is leading the firm’s Opportunity Zones working group and has expertise with advising clients how to structure investments in opportunity zones, entity formation, and compliance with state and federal tax laws and regulations. 

Josh is the former Deputy Secretary and General Counsel at the West Virginia Department of Commerce, where he counseled the cabinet secretary, agency officials, and employees on legal issues affecting eight separate agencies. Key aspects of his experience include:

  • Successfully recruiting Fortune 100 corporation to locate and construct significant manufacturing operations in WV
  • Recruiting multi-billion dollar petrochemical investments to the tri-state region
  • Negotiating corporate performance agreements, memoranda of understanding, and incentive packages for automotive, petrochemicals, consumer goods, and information technology companies
  • Advising on Tax Increment Financing, West Virginia Tourism Development Act, and state-sponsored direct/indirect financing strategies 
  • Using of synthetic leases, Payment in Lieu of Tax (PILOT) arrangements, and tax incentives
  • Advising on legislative drafting and strategy 
  • Navigating multifaceted areas of state government and key decision-makers
  • Advising on programs at the West Virginia Infrastructure & Jobs Development Council, West Virginia Water Development Authority, and the West Virginia Economic Development Authority
  • Advising on the West Virginia Freedom of Information Act and Open Meetings Act 

Work Experience

2018 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
2013-2018 Deputy Secretary and General Counsel, West Virginia Department of Commerce
2009-2013 Bowles Rice McDavid Graff & Love
2005-2006 Finance Director, Congressman Henry Cuellar
2001-2004 Legislative Correspondent, U.S. Senator John D. Rockefeller IV

Key Experience

Counseled the West Virginia Development Office on legal issues affecting business locations or expansion opportunities, financing, tax abatement, and site or facility location decisions
Managed department litigation in administrative, harassment, wrongful termination, and tax matters
Assisted energy clients in conducting due diligence and acquisition of various leasehold estates in West Virginia and Pennsylvania

Memberships & Awards

West Virginia State Bar Association
United States District Court, Southern/Northern District of West Virginia
Certificate of Achievement (Spanish), Universidad de Menendez y Pelayo (1999, 2000)
Member, Moot Court, Semi-finalist, 2009 George Washington National Security Law Competition
Recipient, Patrick Duffy Koontz Scholarship