Charleston, WV
600 Quarrier Street
Charleston, WV 25301
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  • Law Clerk to The Honorable James A. Matish (Chief Judge of the Circuit Court of Harrison County, West Virginia) (2013-2014)

J.D., West Virginia University College of Law (2013)

  • Marilyn E. Lugar Trial Association
  • Energy Law Society
  • Real Estate Law Society
  • Chesapeake Energy Fellowship
  • Ethics Council Representative
  • WVU Clinical Law Program – Veterans Assistance Project

B.S., magna cum laude, Economics, West Virginia University (2010)

  • Golden Key International Honour Society
  • WVU Economics Club
  • WVU Business Ethics Club
  • Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia
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Joshua A. Johnson


Joshua Johnson is an Associate in Bowles Rice’s Charleston, West Virginia office and focuses his practice on civil litigation defense. Joshua routinely represents clients in state court, federal court and administrative proceedings throughout West Virginia. He has advocated for his clients on a variety of legal issues in commercial litigation, insurance coverage disputes, construction litigation, healthcare litigation, contractual claims, wrongful death claims, medical malpractice claims, and automobile accident claims.

Joshua has first and second chair trial experience and has contributed to several appeals before the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia. He also has significant pretrial litigation experience and has participated in all aspects of discovery. He regularly argues motions, takes and defends fact and expert witness depositions, and participates in mediations. Joshua is a member of the West Virginia State Bar and is licensed to practice in West Virginia and before the United States District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia.

Prior to joining Bowles Rice in 2014, Joshua honed his research and writing skills as a law clerk to The Honorable James A. Matish, Chief Judge of the Circuit Court of Harrison County, West Virginia. His experience also includes work as a land/legal intern for Chesapeake Energy in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and as a personal research assistant to President Emeritus and Professor of Law David C. Hardesty.

Representative Reported Cases

  • Harnish v. Corra, 237 W. Va. 609, 788 S.E.2d 750 (2016)(reversing the circuit court’s order granting a new trial and remanding case for reinstatement of the jury verdict)
  • Minor v. Jones, No. 15-0134, 2016 WL 143904 (W. Va. Jan. 11, 2016)(memorandum decision) (upholding jury verdict finding that defendant’s negligence in striking a parked vehicle did not cause injury to plaintiff)
  • Jackson v. Brown, --- S.E.2d ---, No. 16-0724, 2017 WL 2415331 (June 1, 2017)(reversing the circuit court’s denial of post-trial motion for judgment as a matter of law on the issue of a trust’s liability)

Professional Highlights

  • Graduate Assistant, West Virginia University College of Law Library Reference Desk (2012-2013)
  • Land/Legal Intern, Chesapeake Energy (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) (2012)
  • Personal Research Assistant for President Emeritus and professor of law David C. Hardesty, West Virginia University College of Law (2011-2012)
  • Recipient of CALI Awards (recognition for achieving the highest grade in a particular subject) at West Virginia University College of Law:
    • Analytical Methods for Lawyers;
    • Intellectual Property Seminar; and
    • Sales and Secured Transactions
  • Patrick Duffy Koontz Scholar
  • Chesapeake Energy Fellowship
  • West Virginia Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
  • Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia
  • Vice-Chair, Education Elevators Foundation’s Board of Directors