A former felony prosecutor and federal judicial law clerk, Josh uses his experience and insight to represent the citizens of Kentucky.
Before opening Josh McIntosh Law, Josh worked as a federal Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable William O. Bertelsman of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky and as a felony prosecutor for the Kenton County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office. Through working for Judge Bertelsman as well as the three years he spent representing the Commonwealth of Kentucky, he developed a strong passion for all aspects of legal practice, including litigating, counseling, negotiating, writing, and researching. As a life-long citizen of Northern Kentucky, Josh now devotes his practice to serving those in his community by providing them with high-quality, results-oriented legal representation.
During his federal judicial clerkship he further developed his excellent legal writing and research skills through writing opinions, orders, and memoranda for the judge in a variety of complex cases including commercial contract matters, among others. Evidence of his prowess in these areas includes a published federal appellate opinion that he drafted for a case in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Additionally, during his time as a felony prosecutor, he cultivated his oral advocacy, counseling, and negotiation proficiency. For example, he represented the Commonwealth of Kentucky in numerous felony jury trials while contemporaneously managing an average caseload of above 140 felony cases, negotiating plea deals for these cases, and providing advice and counsel to police officers, victims, and witnesses on a daily basis.
After graduating from the University of Kentucky in 2009 with a B.A. in History, Josh earned his law degree in 2012 at Salmon P. Chase College of Law, where he worked to hone his skills through his superior work ethic and passion for success. Results of his efforts included graduating in 2012 cum laude and in the top 20% of his class, serving as a lead editor on the Northern Kentucky Law Review and as a member of the Moot Court Board, the publication of two articles, and receiving the Henry Clay Scholar academic scholarship. Furthermore, due to his exceptional time management skills, he was able to achieve the aforementioned accomplishments while also working as a law clerk at a leading plaintiffs law firm, consistently earning his place on the Dean’s list, serving both as a Chase Student Ambassador and Student Mentor, and completing three externships, two with Judge Bertelsman and one with the Kenton County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office.
Past Employment Positions
- United States District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky 2015-2016
- Law Clerk to Judge William O. Bertelsman
- Kenton County Commonwealth's Attorney Office 2012-2016
- Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney
- The Sanders Law Firm 2010-2012
- Law Clerk
- Kenton County Commonwealth's Attorney Office 2012
- Limited License Extern
- United States District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky 2011
- Federal Judicial Extern
- Supreme Court of Kentucky, 2012
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 2016
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky, 2016
- U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky, 2016
- Criminal Justice Act Panel for the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
- Kentucky Bar Association
- Northern Kentucky Bar Association
- Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- Martin v. Ohio County Hosp. Corp.: The Long Overdue Recognition of Post-Death Loss of Spousal Consortium and Justifications for Further Expansion of Kentucky Loss of Consortium Law, 38 N. Ky. L. Rev. 307 (2011)
- Legal Ethics in Hollywood – Using the Inn of Court Pupillage Model to Teach Young Attorneys by Example, The Bencher, September/October 2012 Issue
- Board of Directors, Henry Hosea House
- American Cancer Society, Relay for Life of Campbell County
- Highlands High School Constitutional Debate Team
- Judge, University of Cincinnati Law Intramural Moot Court Competition
- Guest Speaker, “Law Day” at Highlands High School and Dixie Heights High School
- Street Law Instructor, Chase Pro Bono Program
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