A former Assistant United States Attorney, Josh is a principled and relentless advocate.
In 2013, after practicing healthcare regulation and litigation at a large corporate law firm, Josh joined Reese Marketos. During his time as an associate, Josh tried a jury trial on behalf of a plaintiff financial firm involving debt owed to his client under multiple loan instruments. The case settled just before closing arguments for more than $2 million. In addition, Josh represented two entrepreneurs in a commercial fraud and breach of contract matter that resulted in a favorable judgment for more than $5 million. The Fifth Court of Appeals in Dallas affirmed the judgment in 2016.
In 2015, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Texas offered Josh the opportunity to serve the American public as the Eastern District’s Affirmative Civil Enforcement (ACE) Coordinator. In that role, Josh oversaw and directed most of the Eastern District’s False Claims Act and civil Controlled Substances Act investigations and litigation. In less than five years, Josh’s work contributed to the recovery of more than $85 million in settlements, suspensions, and judgments on behalf of American taxpayers. Josh was also named the Eastern District’s Civil Healthcare Fraud Coordinator, where he worked to develop the district’s parallel proceedings practices in accordance with Department of Justice policy.
For his work, Josh was awarded the Executive Office of United States Attorneys Director’s Award for Superior Performance as a Civil AUSA. Josh frequently lectured internally for the Department of Justice regarding the False Claims Act, the Controlled Substances Act, and parallel proceedings.
In 2018, at the age of 33, Josh was promoted to serve as the Eastern District’s Civil Chief. In that position, Josh supervised all civil litigation across the Eastern District’s six divisions: Sherman, Texarkana, Marshall, Tyler, Lufkin, and Beaumont. In addition to managing the Eastern District’s affirmative False Claims Act and civil Controlled Substances Act dockets, Josh supervised the district’s Financial Litigation Unit as well as defensive litigation against the United States, its agencies, and its personnel.
Josh’s highest priority as Civil Chief became fighting the nation’s devastating opioid crisis. He served as the co-chair of a national Prescription Interdiction and Litigation (PIL) Task Force working group.
In November 2019, Josh rejoined Reese Marketos as a partner, where he leads the firm’s Eastern District office and the firm’s False Claims Act practice. Since returning to the firm, Josh and his team have obtained more than $80 million in False Claims Act recoveries for the benefit of the United States. Some of his cases include:
- Serving as lead trial counsel in a declined defense procurement False Claims Act case in the Northern District of Alabama resulting in a $36-million unanimous jury verdict (United States ex rel. Marsteller v. MD Helicopters, Inc.);
- Prosecuting a declined mortgage fraud False Claims Act action in the Northern District of California resulting in a $38.5-million settlement for the government (United States ex rel. Thrower v. Academy Mortgage Corp.);
- Serving as lead counsel in a declined healthcare fraud False Claims Act case against a hospital system resulting in the recovery of more than $3.3 million for the United States;
- Obtaining a more than $1.2-million reward from the SEC for an anonymous whistleblower; and
- Serving as settlement counsel for a relator in a False Claims Act case resulting in the first settlement under the Department of Justice’s Civil Cyber-Fraud Initiative.