Joshua L. Stearns
(502) 423-2034
Office: Louisville
J.D. University of Louisville, Brandeis School of Law, magna cum laude
B.A. University of Louisville, magna cum laude
Licensure: KY
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Josh Stearns focuses his practice in the areas of energy and business litigation. Josh graduated magna cum laude while participating as a student-athlete for the University of Louisville football team. Similarly, he graduated magna cum laude from the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, where he was the Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Law and Education and a quarterfinalist on both the National Moot Court and National Tax Moot Court teams. Josh also earned a Certificate of Accounting from Bellarmine University while attending law school.

Work Experience

2018 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
2017 Legal Extern, IRS Office of Chief Counsel
2016-2017 Summer Associate, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
2015 Legal Intern, Cabinet for Health and Family Services

Speaking Engagements

"The Harmful Effects of Federal Regulation on Higher Education," 46 J.L. & Educ. 303-312 (2017)

Key Experience

Successfully defended national retailer against improper construction arbitration claims
Advised Kentucky university on student disciplinary proceeding and contract disputes
Handled pre-trial discovery on non–compete and non-solicitation litigation

Memberships & Awards

American Bar Association
Kentucky Bar Association
Louisville Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
Journal of Law and Education, Editor-in-Chief
National Moot Court Team
National Tax Moot Court Team