Josh helps clients resolve high-stakes compliance, enforcement, and litigation matters.
He brings the perspective gained from a distinguished U.S. government service career to provide clients with strategic counsel on air, water, and waste issues with a focus on mobile source emissions. He also litigates those matters and advises on proactive environmental compliance strategies.
Prior to joining Beveridge & Diamond, Josh served as Senior Trial Attorney in the Environmental Enforcement Section of the Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD) of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). During his DOJ career, he received the Samual J. Heyman Service to America Medal and was named Federal Employee of the Year in 2017 in recognition of his work as Lead Counsel in the United States v. Volkswagen AG, et al. (“Clean Diesel”) civil Clean Air Act (CAA) enforcement litigation. He also has received the Assistant Attorney General’s Award for Excellence, the EPA Administrator’s Award for Excellence, and numerous other DOJ commendations and awards. Clients benefit from the experience he gained advising senior officials across agencies and at corporations.
Josh’s public service includes a distinguished and ongoing military career. Josh currently serves in the Army Reserve as Associate General Counsel in the Office of General Counsel of the Defense Logistics Agency, where he also serves as Co-Chair of the Installation and Environmental Law Practice Group.
During his time on active duty, Josh served first as a criminal prosecutor and legal advisor in one of the army’s largest criminal jurisdictions then subsequently as a litigation attorney in the Environmental Law Division of the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps. He is also a former Senior Administrative Law Attorney in the Administrative Law Division of the Department of the Army and a former Associate Professor of Administrative and Civil Law at the Army Judge Advocate General’s School in Charlottesville, Virginia. His military awards include the Army Meritorious Service Medal awarded on multiple occasions as well as the Army Commendation Medal.
Josh is not admitted to practice in Washington, DC. He is admitted to practice only in Washington state.
Seattle Pacific University (B.A., 1997)
Baylor University (J.D., 2001)
Articles in the National Law Review database by Joshua H. Van Eaton