Overview

A former Assistant United States Attorney, Josh is a principled and relentless advocate.

In 2013, after practicing healthcare regulation and litigation at a large corporate law firm, Josh joined Reese Marketos. During his time as an associate, Josh tried a jury trial on behalf of a plaintiff financial firm involving debt owed to his client under multiple loan instruments. The case settled just before closing arguments for more than $2 million. In addition, Josh represented two entrepreneurs in a commercial fraud and breach of contract matter that resulted in a favorable judgment for more than $5 million. The Fifth Court of Appeals in Dallas affirmed the judgment in 2016.

In 2015, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Texas offered Josh the opportunity to serve the American public as the Eastern District’s Affirmative Civil Enforcement (ACE) Coordinator. In that role, Josh oversaw and directed most of the Eastern District’s False Claims Act and civil Controlled Substances Act investigations and litigation. In less than five years, Josh’s work contributed to the recovery of more than $85 million in settlements, suspensions, and judgments on behalf of American taxpayers. Josh was also named the Eastern District’s Civil Healthcare Fraud Coordinator, where he worked to develop the district’s parallel proceedings practices in accordance with Department of Justice policy.

For his work, Josh was awarded the Executive Office of United States Attorneys Director’s Award for Superior Performance as a Civil AUSA. Josh frequently lectured internally for the Department of Justice regarding the False Claims Act, the Controlled Substances Act, and parallel proceedings.

In 2018, at the age of 33, Josh was promoted to serve as the Eastern District’s Civil Chief. In that position, Josh supervised all civil litigation across the Eastern District’s six divisions: Sherman, Texarkana, Marshall, Tyler, Lufkin, and Beaumont. In addition to managing the Eastern District’s affirmative False Claims Act and civil Controlled Substances Act dockets, Josh supervised the district’s Financial Litigation Unit as well as defensive litigation against the United States, its agencies, and its personnel.

Josh’s highest priority as Civil Chief became fighting the nation’s devastating opioid crisis. He served as the co-chair of a national Prescription Interdiction and Litigation (PIL) Task Force working group.

In November 2019, Josh rejoined Reese Marketos as a partner, where he leads the firm’s Eastern District office and the firm’s False Claims Act practice. Since returning to the firm, Josh and his team have obtained more than $42 million in False Claims Act recoveries. Some of his cases include:

  • Serving as lead trial counsel in a declined defense procurement False Claims Act case resulting in a $36-million unanimous jury verdict (United States ex rel. Marsteller v. MD Helicopters, Inc.);
  • Serving as lead counsel in a declined healthcare fraud False Claims Act case against a hospital system resulting in the recovery of more than $3.3 million for the United States;
  • Obtaining a more than $1.2-million reward from the SEC for an anonymous whistleblower; and
  • Serving as settlement counsel for a relator in a False Claims Act case resulting in the first settlement under the Department of Justice’s Civil Cyber-Fraud Initiative.
Awards
  • Awarded 35th EOUSA Director’s Award: Superior Performance as an Assistant United States Attorney – Civil, February 2019
  • Nominated for the Attorney General’s Award for Outstanding Contributions by a New Employee, February 2018
  • Top 100 Verdict in 2021, The National Law Journal
Presentations
  • "How to Win an FCA Case Once It's Unsealed: A View from the Trenches" 
    Moderator, ABA Civil False Claims Act and Qui Tam Enforcement Institute (September 2022)
  • "Winning Whistleblower Claims" May 2022
    Panel Member, The 2022 Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute
  • “What We Wish We Knew – Advice From Former Government Attorneys” October 2020
    Panel Member, Taxpayers Against Fraud Education Fund 20th Annual Conference
    Plano, Texas
  • “‘Uh, Houston, We’ve had a Problem.’ — Criminal Law for Civil Lawyers” September 2019
    Panel Member, Eastern District of Texas 2019 Bench Bar Conference
    Plano, Texas
  • "Opioid Enforcement — Pharmacies” September 2019
    Speaker, Western ACE Conference 2019
    Denver, Colorado
  • “Prosecuting Corporations” August 2019
    Instructor, Prosecuting Diversion Cases
    Quantico/Stafford, Virginia
  • “The False Claims Act and Parallel Proceedings” March 2019
    Guest Lecturer, Baylor Law School
    Waco, Texas
  • “Qui Tam. The Growing Role of ‘Private Attorneys General’ in EDTX Under the Federal False Claims Act” October 2018
    Panel Member, Eastern District of Texas 2018 Bench Bar Conference
    Plano, Texas
  • “Civil Remedies in Diversion Cases” October 2018
    Instructor, DEA Academy, Diversion Specialized Training Unit
    Quantico/Stafford, Virginia
  • “Triaging Post-Escobar Litigation Issues” May 2018
    Panel Member, Affirmative Civil Enforcement (ACE) for Attorneys Seminar
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • “Healthcare Investigation Workshop” April 2018
    Guest Lecturer, University of Houston Law Center
    Houston, Texas
  • “Parallel Proceedings” March 2018
    Guest Lecturer, University of Houston Law Center
    Houston, Texas
  • “Healthcare Compliance and the False Claims Act” February 2018
    Guest Lecturer, University of Houston Law Center
    Houston, Texas
  • “Healthcare Compliance, False Claims Act Cases, and Parallel Investigations” February 2017
    Guest Lecturer, University of Houston Law Center
    Houston, Texas
  • “Enforcement Update” October 2016
    Panel Member, Texas Hospital Association 2016 Health Law Conference
    Austin, Texas
  • “Parallel Proceedings” August 2016
    Panel Member, Affirmative Civil Enforcement (ACE) for Attorneys Seminar
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • “Settling False Claims Act Cases” August 2016
    Moderator, Affirmative Civil Enforcement (ACE) for Attorneys Seminar
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • “False Claims Act Cases and Parallel Investigations” June 2016
    Speaker, U.S. – European Fraud Working Group Meeting
    Garmisch, Germany
  • “Parallel Proceedings: Best Practices” May 2016
    Panel Member, Healthcare Fraud Coordinators’ Conference
    Columbia, South Carolina