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Josh Stearns is a trusted advisor for his clients. Josh has a business and entrepreneurial-focused practice with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, securities, corporate transactions, entity formation and other general corporate advice, including real estate. Josh has represented clients in a wide variety of industries, with a niche for emerging businesses, private equity and venture capital. Josh’s business practice has also included representation of clients in the manufacturing industry.

As a former student-athlete, Josh understands the importance of clear communication and attention to detail and getting deals done. No matter the circumstance, this is what clients get when they work with Josh.

Memberships & Awards

Key Experience

Represented general manager in negotiation of a team management contract with a professional sports league
Represented private equity firm and portfolio company in food and beverage industry in $3 million equity and debt restructuring
Represented HVAC company in $15 million sale to private equity group

Work Experience

2018 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
2017 Legal Extern, IRS Office of Chief Counsel
2016-2017 Summer Associate, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
2015 Legal Intern, Cabinet for Health and Family Services

Speaking Engagements

"Understanding and Protecting Quality Assurance Privilege," Co-presenter for Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities, November 2020

“Navigating the Wild West of Name, Image and Likeness in Collegiate Athletics,” Co-presenter for Steptoe & Johnson PLLC Webinar, July 2021

"The Insurance Industry in the Aftermath of COVID-19," Co-presenter for Stetson Law, October 2019

"CMS' Expanded Revocation Authority Threatens Health Care Providers' Medicare Enrollment," National Law Review, October 2019

"The Harmful Effects of Federal Regulation on Higher Education," 46 J.L. & Educ. 303-312 (2017)