You could say Josh has a God-given ability for sustaining long-term relationships. He and his wife first met in elementary school and went to Gardner Webb University (GWU) together, where they tied for number 1 in their class. Then, they both started law school on the same day of their graduation and got married during their first semester.
He has also known his law partner Blake Caulder since Kindergarten. Theirs is the perfect partnership. “He's the brake; I am the accelerator,” Josh says.
Both Josh and his wife attended an innovative program at Charlotte Law School that allowed them to complete law school in two years instead of the typical three. His wife graduated and passed the North Carolina bar at age 20, becoming one of the youngest attorneys in the state. He readily admits she's smarter than him.
Of course, Josh went on to pass the North Carolina State Bar himself and later the South Carolina State Bar. While in school, he was Associate Editor of the Law Review and received accolades like Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society membership, Order of the Crown, Pro Bono Honors, CALI Awards (highest grade).
Josh primarily practices family law, handling matters of separation, divorce, child custody, property distribution, spousal support, and domestic violence protective orders. In his career as a lawyer, he has been admitted to the United States Federal Court for the Western District of North Carolina, is a member of the American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys, and completed training for DWI Detection & Standardized Field Sobriety Testing.
Community involvement has been important to Josh all his life. In high school, he participated in building a Holocaust museum that has become internationally regarded. He and his wife are actively engaged in animal rescue, which has included many cats, dogs, birds and even a newborn calf. He served in prison ministry and assisted with fundraiser banquets there.
As if all of that weren't enough, Josh also mentors high risk youth and helps with his church's youth group. He participates in other community volunteer projects involving construction, remodeling, drywall, painting, and landscaping. He's an active student of the Bible and has traveled to Israel, Brazil, and Europe for mission work.
No one can say Josh isn't a well-rounded individual. In his spare time, he likes to play softball, basketball, and tennis, and he can play the piano and trombone. Sometimes on weekends, believe it or not, he enjoys pouring and finishing concrete with friends who own a concrete and grading business.
Josh is a person of deep faith. He knows that the established order of our universe and strength of America's Judeo-Christian influenced court system is built on God's word. His passion to serve each client with innovation, excellence and integrity is a byproduct of his faith.
When asked why he became a lawyer, Josh says, “All through my life, I have personally witnessed family members and very close friends endure divorce, child custody battles, bankruptcy, civil lawsuits, and even fraudulent criminal accusations. I both saw and experienced the stress such events can place on an individual, and I realized that everyone, at some point in their life, needs hope, comfort, and encouragement. In each one of those situations, the person who was best situated to provide that vital support was their lawyer. So that's why I became an attorney. I understand what you are going through, and I'm here to help you. Our office is focused on meeting your needs and guiding you through what may be the most difficult time of your life.”
- Charlotte School of Law
- J.D., Magna Cum Laude
- Associate Editor of Charlotte School of Law Law Review
- Certification and Concentration in Employment Law
- Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society
- Order of the Crown
- Pro Bono Honors
- CALI Awards (Highest Grade)—Lawyering Process and Contracts
- Full Scholarship
- Gardner-Webb University
- B.S. in Accounting, Summa Cum Laude
- Distinguished Senior Student Award – Highest GPA
- Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honorary Society
- North Carolina State Bar
- South Carolina State Bar
- United States Federal Court for the Western District of North Carolina
- 2019 Legal Elite - Criminal Defense
- 2018 Top 40 under 40 - The National Trial Lawyers
- 2017- 2018 Ten Best Attorneys in North Carolina - American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
- 2017 DWI Detection & Standardized Field Sobriety Testing - NHTSA
- 2017 Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) - NHTSA
- 2017 Executive Member - American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys
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