Charleston, WV
600 Quarrier Street
Charleston, WV 25301
T: (304) 347-1108
F: (304) 347-1746

J.D., West Virginia University College of Law (2017)

B.A., summa cum laude, Political Science, West Virginia University (2014)

  • 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. Lanham


Josh Lanham is a member of the Bowles Rice Litigation Department.  He practices in the firm's Charleston, West Virginia office and represents his clients’ interests in front of many adjudicatory bodies throughout the State of West Virginia, including administrative proceedings, arbitration proceedings, Magistrate Courts, Circuit Courts, the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia and the United States District Courts for the Southern and Northern Districts of West Virginia.

Josh focuses his practice on commercial litigation; construction litigation; professional licensing disputes; will, trust, and estate litigation; bad faith litigation; and insurance defense.  He has successfully resolved matters for his clients through dispositive motions, favorable settlements, and at trial. 

In 2017, Josh earned his law degree from the West Virginia University College of Law, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif (a distinction given to the top ten percent of the graduating class), an associate editor of The West Virginia Law Review and a student attorney for the College’s General Legal Clinic. He received his bachelor's degree, summa cum laude, in political science from West Virginia University.

Additionally, in his spare time, Josh enjoys spending time with his fiancée, Brooke, and his dog, Sirius. Josh is also a published children's book author. In 2022, he donated over 100 copies of his newest book, A Dog Named Frog, to local elementary schools for the holiday season and volunteered time to read his book to local classrooms throughout Kanawha and Putnam Counties.   

Professional Highlights

Representative Matters: 

  • Secured a complete defense verdict in business-owner client’s favor after a three-day jury trial in a civil action relating to claims of conversion of business equipment and subsequent loss of use.
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of landowner client on RCRA, CERCLA, nuisance, and other environmental claims in a civil action filed by a municipality with potential seven-figure exposure.
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of clients on their claims for breach of fiduciary duty and tortuous interference with testamentary bequest resulting in a six-figure special damage award against the executors of the estate that wrongfully withheld probate proceeds from clients.  
  • Secured dismissal of negligent hiring claim asserted by plaintiff against business-owner client.
  • Prevailed before the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals to enforce business-owner client’s forum-selection clause contained in the parties’ contract.
  • Obtained judgment on the pleadings in a debt collection action and successfully garnished the amount owed to creditor client.
  • Obtained motion for summary judgment in favor of employer client against two former employees’ wrongful termination and West Virginia Wage Payment and Collection Act claims. 
  • Obtained dismissal of an insurer defendant in an insurance bad faith action under Rule 12(b) of the West Virginia Rules of Civil Procedure.
  • Secured professional licenses for various clients that were being withheld by the licensing authority.
  • Obtained a favorable ruling after a bench trial entitling his creditor client to the entire sum of debt owed by debtor.
  • Recognized by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in Business Litigation (2024)
  • Recognized by The Best Lawyers In America: Ones to Watch in Litigation – Banking and Finance and Litigation – Construction (2024 Edition)
  • Order of the Coif, West Virginia University College of Law
  • Recipient of CALI Awards (recognition for achieving the highest grade in a particular subject) at West Virginia University College of Law:
    • Constitutional Law
    • Renewable Energy and Alternative Fuel Law
  • Kanawha Pastoral Counseling Center (Prior President, Past Secretary, Board of Directors)
  • Legal Aid of West Virginia (Volunteer)