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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. Josh’s business practice also frequently involves commercial real estate transactions, where he advises lenders, purchasers, borrowers and commercial real estate funds on matters related to title, transfers and debt and equity financing arrangements. Josh has represented clients in a wide variety of industries, with a niche for emerging businesses, private equity and venture capital, manufacturing and construction. As a Kentucky native and former student-athlete, Josh has a special interest in the food, beverage and dietary supplement industries where he works with clients on corporate matters, as well as regulatory compliance with the FDA, and other state and international regulatory bodies. Josh also represents clients on the front-end of adversarial disputes to help them stay out of court and keep business going. 

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

Venture Connectors, Board of Directors
University of Louisville Family Business Center, Member
Louisville Bar Association
Kentucky Bar Association

Key Experience

Represented food and beverage startup in $20 million Series A financing
Represented a nationwide tank construction company in an $18 million asset purchase of a welding and fabrication company
Represented commercial real estate fund in $20 million restructuring and new equity financing

Speaking Engagements

“Real Estate Investment: Choice of Entity & Structure,” Co-presenter for Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM), Kentucky Chapter’s Annual Kentucky Commercial Real Estate Conference, October 2022

“Lunch and Learn with Steptoe Johnson: Protecting Your IP,” Co-presenter for Amplify Louisville Webinar, January 2022

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