With a focus on regulatory law and renewable energy development, Josh combines creative problem-solving and effective execution to produce strategic outcomes for his clients.

Overview

Josh's ability to effectively communicate complex legal issues with policymakers, adjudicators and regulators furthers his clients' interests and works to achieve their goals.

Many of Josh's clients are involved in state and federal regulatory actions, renewable energy and critical infrastructure development, and emerging issues within the public utility space. These challenges involve distributed energy resources, broadband expansion, and cybersecurity and customer privacy.

Prior to joining Stinson, Josh represented agribusiness and renewable energy developers, small business owners and entrepreneurs―structuring one of the first biomass-fuel cooperatives in the U.S., negotiating commercial contracts and advising on corporate governance, environmental and financial regulatory compliance.

Experience

Josh’s experience in renewable energy development started in the agricultural sector, where he developed the first "521" cooperative marketing association producing agricultural biomass used to co-fire with coal. He then acted as a policy-advisory for commissioner emeritus Robert Kenney of the Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC) and went on to serve as their general counsel. In this role, he defended the commission's orders on appeal and managed a large team of attorneys, accountants and engineers.      

Josh’s legal practice now focuses on representing developers and utility companies in project builds and businesses with acute challenges involving public utility services. His professional experience and knowledge of public utility law and the regulatory development of infrastructure gives his clients an advantage in achieving their goals and overcoming their challenges. Josh has:

  • Represented an investor-owned electric utility on prudency actions, complaints and rate-cases before the Missouri Public Service Commission
  • Defended a "special service contract" for the largest industrial water customer in Missouri
  • Represented multistate operators seeking licensure in Missouri for medical marijuana facilities
  • Represented a large municipal utility in a class-action lawsuit involving electric rates
  • Represented small water and sewer companies with state permitting
  • Negotiated agreements between a wind developer and political subdivisions on Missouri's largest wind farm
  • Represented the largest property owner and customer of a water utility in a rate case
  • Advised one of the largest industrial facilities on "micro-grid" development with public utility
  • Advised large land owners on easements and leases involving wind development
  • Represented a proposed a multibillion dollar HV/DC transmission project for permitting in Missouri
  • Represented the Missouri PSC in state appellate actions and before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
  • Represented state-chartered financial institutions in a number of transactions and corporate governance issues
  • Advised multiple solar developers with respect to financing transactions, EPC contracts and regulatory permitting

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Admissions

  • Missouri
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri 

Education

Kansas City School of Law, University of Missouri, JD

Washburn University, BA 

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