Charleston, WV
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Charleston, WV 25301
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J.D., West Virginia University College of Law (2014)

  • President, Energy Law Society
  • Environmental Law Society
  • Moot Court
  • Chief Justice of the National Energy and Sustainability Moot Court Competition
  • Chesapeake Energy Fellow/Fellowship

B.A., cum laude, Political Science, Marshall University (2011)

  • John Marshall and Dan O'Hanlon Scholarship Recipient
  • Pi Sigma Alpha
  • Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
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Joshua A. Cottle


Joshua Cottle is an associate in the Bowles Rice Energy department and is involved in both transactional and litigation matters. His previous experience as a certified coal miner gives him a unique perspective among Energy lawyers.

Josh earned his law degree from the West Virginia University College of Law in 2014. He was president of the Energy Law Society, a member of the Environmental Law Society and the Moot Court, and Chief Justice of the National Energy and Sustainability Moot Court Competition. He was the recipient of several CALI Awards, given to the student with the highest academic standing in each class.

Josh previously worked with the West Virginia Attorney General’s Civil Rights Division and was selected for the Judith A. Herndon Legislative Fellows Program.

Professional Highlights

  • Legal research and writing teaching assistant (2013-2014)
  • Law Clerk, Bowles Rice (2012, 2013)
  • Herndon Fellowship (2011)
  • Cliffs Natural Resources (2010)
  • Coal miner, Patriot Coal (2008-2009)
  • Recipient of CALI Awards (recognition for achieving the highest grade in a particular subject) at West Virginia University College of Law:
    • American Legal History
    • Civil Rights Litigation
    • Economics and the Environment
    • Land Use and Sustainable Law
    • Natural Resources Law