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Chief Executive Officer and Managing Attorney
President, Chairman and Editor In Chief
Chief Executive Officer
General Legal Counsel and Executive Level Administrator
Prowers County Hospital District
General Legal Counsel, Chief Operating Officer Administrator and Outside Corporate Counsel
40 under Forty: Joshua R. Kotter, managing attorney, AVantGarde Law
Kotter, a Billings native, has worked both in the legal profession and in health care since graduating from Case Western University where he earned both a master's of business administration and a law degree. He worked as general legal counsel for a health care organization in Utah, then moved to Salt Lake City to open his own law firm. After a few years, he decided to give health care another try and went to work for a hospital in rural Colorado. Then, he became chief executive officer of a hospital in rural eastern Nebraska. After resolving what he described as a long-standing problem, Kotter was again ready for a change. He and his wife decided to bring their family back to their native Billings. "Through this experience, I learned that I am an attorney at heart and at my core," Kotter said.
Joshua R. Kotter
Joshua serves as Managing Partner for AVantGarde. He obtained his Juris Doctorate, MBA, and Baccalaureate degrees from several prestigious universities, graduating with honors (including graduating Beta Gamma Sigma (top 1-3% of class), while simultaneously completing dual graduate and doctoral degrees). Joshua has been involved in the practice of law in Ohio, Washington State, and Utah since 2003. Joshua previously worked as general legal counsel for a sizeable hospital and clinical healthcare company with 5 sites, approximately 200 employees, and nearly $115 Million in annual budget/revenue. In this capacity, Joshua was responsible for all legal matters, including corporate governance & board advisement, regulatory compliance, management of outside counsel, heading, managing, and negotiating many multi-million dollar transactions, projects, negotiations, contracts, debt vehicles, and complex mergers and acquisitions (involving multiple U.S. federal agencies). Joshua was also at the forefront of partnering a federally qualified health center and tribally designated entity with a critical access hospital, to achieve greater organizational efficiencies and financial success. Joshua's conception and implementation of this new model represented the first such partnering between such entities, and it opened federal legislators' eyes to a new and very beneficial model in the healthcare industry. Joshua also drafted and presented a multi-million dollar proposal to Utah's U.S. congressmen, regarding what organization should take over trusteeship from Utah State, for the Utah Navajo Trust Fund (which is charged with managing the profits from oil production on the Aneth Extension of the Navajo Nation, for the benefit of Navajo people living in Utah State). Initially, this proposal was accepted and drafted into legislation to be presented in Congress, as an act of Congress is required to alter the trusteeship. Ultimately, the proposal and legislation was amended. Given his experience, Joshua has a strong background in corporate and business law, healthcare law, and general civil litigation. Prior to working as an attorney, Joshua worked in industry as a member of executive management. This experience compliments Josh's understanding of businesses and corporations. Beyond the practice of law, Joshua enjoys serving his community. While still in school, Joshua served as president of two fraternities, as well as a member, board officer, and committee chairman for the International Board of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society. Joshua was first elected to publicly elected political office (at the local level) in 2002; he has served as the board chairman for a community development corporation; he was requested to serve, and did serve, as a board member for his city's planning and zoning commission; and he is an appointed and approved adjunct professor for Utah State University (in the areas of business and law).
Joshua R. Kotter(Managing Attorney)
Members Courtney Ostrander, Josh Kotter, Pastor Elzroth, Joe Patrluck, Retail Committee member Rachael Lambley, Tourism Committee members Jean Hess & Rich Hoffman, guestâ€™s Rose & Donnie Chappell and daughter, Board Members Lisa Johnson, Mike Shald and Director Bea Lou Hardin.
Members Pam Eaton, Chuck Hinn, Jean Hess, Rich Hoffman, Carolyn Green, Jordon Heuther, Rachael Heuther, Valorie Mann, Courtney Ostrander, Kathy Dohse, Josh Kotter, June Dudek, Darla Mulnix, Amber Sasse and special guests Rose, Donnie and Tiffany Chappell and Director Bea Lou Hardin. Treasures Report: Motion by Josh Kotter to accept the April Treasures Report be accepted, second by Carol Langer. Carol Langer made the motion that the Chamber provide 1 of the meals, second by Josh Kotter. Present were Chamber Board members Mike Shald and Sam Bolden, Members Josh Kotter, Pam Eaton, Nancy Scherr, Pastor Elzroth, Keshia Jensen, Rich Hoffman and Director Bea Lou Hardin. Josh Kotter informed us that a Boy Scout Troup has been formed and the Troup would be willing to volunteer any help the Chamber may need during any promotional events. Present were Chamber Board members Lisa Johnson, Carol Langer, Members Josh Kotter, Pam Eaton, Carolyn Green, June Dudek and Director Bea Lou Hardin. The members welcomed Josh Kotter to our Chamber family. Josh is the new Hospital Administrator. Josh Kotter made the motion that the 2014 budget be ratified, Carolyn Green second. Motion passed.
Members Courtney Ostrander, Josh Kotter, Pastor Elzroth, Joe Patrluck, Retail Committee member Rachael Lambley, Tourism Committee members Jean Hess & Rich Hoffman, guest's Rose & Donnie Chappell and daughter, Board Members Lisa Johnson, Mike Shald and Director Bea Lou Hardin.