Joshua L. Stearns
(502) 423-2034
Office: Louisville
J.D. University of Louisville, Brandeis School of Law, magna cum laude
Certificate in Accounting, Bellarmine University
B.A. University of Louisville, magna cum laude
Licensure: KY
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As a student-athlete on the University of Louisville football team, Josh learned how to work as part of a team, think analytically in stressful situations, and respect the importance of self-discipline and details.  In his legal practice, Josh takes the lessons he learned on the field and puts them to work for his clients. His clients have needs in health care, corporate law, business transactions, and construction.  Growing up in Kentucky, Josh is proud to work with organizations who share his vision for improving the local community, especially his health care clients. Those clients often turn to Josh when they have transactional needs or when time-sensitive issues arise with federal and state regulatory bodies.  

No matter the circumstances, Josh brings his calm demeanor, logical approach, and drive to win to work for his clients.

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

“CMS’ Enhanced Enforcement Authority Threatens Provider Enrollment,” Bar Briefs, Louisville Bar Association, November 2019

Co-author, “CMS’ Expanded Revocation Authority Threatens Health Care Providers’ Medicare Enrollment,” National Law Review, October 2019

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

Key Experience

Advised corporate owned and operated pharmacy to overcome regulatory dispute to reactivate the pharmacy’s Medicaid status
Negotiated payment dispute between government contractor and local and state government agency for reimbursement for workforce development services
Negotiated terms and conditions on behalf of the seller for the divestiture of an early childhood living center

Memberships & Awards

Journal of Law and Education, Editor-in-Chief
National Moot Court Team
National Tax Moot Court Team