Josh advises cannabis businesses on corporate matters, including mergers and acquisitions, and real estate transactions.

He is also well-versed in guiding clients through the industry’s highly regulated landscape. Working closely with regulatory authorities, Josh authored key parts of Washington State’s hemp legislation, which was related to the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (SB 5276; 2018 Farm Bill).

Recognized by The National Law Journal as a "Trailblazer" in cannabis law, Josh writes and speaks frequently on cannabis topics and is sought after by news organizations for analysis on regulatory developments. 

Josh also regularly advises startups and emerging companies on business strategy and corporate planning. He is experienced in negotiating manufacture and wholesale agreements from Europe to South America, and previously lived in East Asia.

Before Fox Rothschild

Prior to joining Fox, Josh was with a Northwest regional law firm as the Co-Chair of its Cannabis Law practice, which garnered DOPE Magazine’s Best Law Firm Award during his time leading the practice. 

Josh previously lived in East Asia and is fluent in Japanese. 

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized by Chambers USA for Cannabis Law - Nationwide (2020)
  • Named a Cannabis Law Trailblazer by The National Law Journal (2018)
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