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 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 serves as Managing Partner for AVantGarde Law, LLC (AVantGarde Law).Prior to AVantGarde Law, Joshua worked for several years as in-house General Legal Counsel for a hospital and clinical healthcare company.Prior to this, Joshua worked in industry (using his business background) and, prior to this, as an attorney at an excellent law firm in Washington State.Joshua attended and graduated from Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) ( a top 50 U.S. Law School & top 30 U.S. MBA program) with dual Juris Doctorate and Masters of Business Administration Degrees, which he simultaneously completed in only three years' time.During his time at CWRU, Joshua was elected president of two fraternities: Delta Theta Phi and the J. Reuben Clark Law Society.Joshua also served as a board officer and committee chairman on the International Board of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society (the governing body for the J. Reuben Clark Law Society; this body usually only allows licensed attorneys to sit).Joshua was also given the distinct honor of being provisionally licensed to practice law by Ohio State's Supreme Court-while still a law student-in order to help and serve needful individuals as part of a prestigious legal clinic.
In this capacity, Joshua represented legal clients as First Chair Attorney.
Joshua graduated Beta Gamma Sigma at the top of his graduate school class.
Joshua attended and graduated from Brigham Young University (BYU) studying political science and business management simultaneously.
While at BYU, Joshua put his theoretical political education to work by running for publicly elected office.
Joshua was elected as a precinct chairman and as a state and county delegate in the Utah State Republican Party.Later, Joshua was asked to run, and was elected as, the executive director for the Utah College Republicans, which oversees all activities for that organization within Utah State as a whole.
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.
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