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Josh is the chair of Pierce Jewett’s employment law team. A seasoned attorney who has practiced exclusively in the area of employment law since 2008, Josh has represented clients from all walks of life across a wide spectrum of industries. He has represented executives from large companies, university deans, surgeons, and attorneys. But he has also helped the pipe layer, the janitor, and those in other blue collar vocations. His business clients have included companies in the healthcare sector, defense contracting, and real estate, among others.

For his expertise in the field of labor and employment, Josh has been interviewed in a number of news stories, including in CNN Money. And his cases have been featured in both local and national publications, such as Law 360. For his work, Josh has been recognized by Virginia Business Magazine‘s list of “Legal Elite” and as a “Top Lawyer” by Coastal Virginia Magazine.

“Truthful, wise words are like goads,” (Eccl. 12:10), which means that they point us in the right direction. Accordingly, “the most important characteristic for a lawyer is truthfulness to our clients, even if the truth is difficult,” as Josh tells the lawyers on his team. As a result, both individuals and business clients have come to trust Josh’s judgment on a host of complicated issues that touch the workplace, whether in making a difficult legal decision or trusting Josh to represent them in litigation.

Josh hails from a poor coal mining town without affluence. That upbringing has been invaluable to Josh’s law practice, as it not only taught him the value of determination and grit, but has also given him the ability to relate to people from all walks of life. He resides in Chesapeake with his wife and four sons. When Josh is not practicing law or fathering his boys, he loves to cook, read the Atlantic, and appreciates the rejuvenation that seems to always result from a good hike. He is a member of New Life Church in Virginia Beach.


  • Regent University School of Law, J.D., 2008

News & Media

For his expertise in this field, Josh has been interviewed for stories featured in:

  • CNN Money
  • WKTR (News Channel 3)
  • Law 360 

Additionally, some of the matters on which he has worked have been published in:

  • The Washington Times
  • Virginian Pilot
  • WAVY-TV (News Channel 3)
  • Virginia Lawyer’s Weekly

Recent Experience

Recent Non-Public Representative Matters

  • Negotiated numerous deals, at both entry and exit points, for C-Suite clients in both privately held and publicly traded companies.
  • Represented numerous individuals under investigation, with a particular emphasis in the federal sector space.
  • Defended hospital system in EEOC enforcement action, resulting in government dismissing investigation.
  • Defended business clients in NLRB, DOL, and EEOC enforcement action investigations.

Recent Public Litigation Experience (Last 4 Years)

  • Obtained reversal for detective at 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in ADA case involving issue of first impression. Wirtes v. Newport News Police Department, 996 F.3d 234 (4th Cir. 2021)
  • Trial counsel in 7-day trial against the government in enforcement action regarding the FLSA classification of over 1,000 nurses. Su v. Medical Staffing of America et al., Case No. 2:18-cv-00226 (E.D. Va. 2022), Vacated and Remanded, No. 22-01290 (4th Cir. May 23, 2023)
  • Obtained trial verdict against federal government in Equal Pay Act case on behalf of NASA engineer. Blackstock v. NASA (Jan. 20, 2022)
  • Obtained Summary Judgment on behalf of defense contracting business in case where Plaintiff alleged she was fired three days after disclosing a medical condition. Flynn v. Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy, LLC , Case No. 2:18-cv-502 (E.D. Va. 2019)
  • Obtained Summary Judgment for Plaintiff in retaliation case against the federal government. Simmons v. Dept. of the Air Force (May 12, 2022)
  • Lead litigation counsel in trade secrets case with claimed damages of $50 million, resulting in favorable settlement for clients. [Case Name Redacted]
  • Obtained Order Denying Summary Judgment in whistleblower retaliation case against the government, resulting in successful settlement before trial. Young v. Wormuth, Case No. 4:21-cv-00085 (E.D. Va. 2023)
  • Represented former chief of cardiology in age discrimination case against a large hospital system, resulting in the firm’s client receiving maximum recovery and reinstatement. [Case Name Redacted]