Joshua Jarrell

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

$ $$$

Virginia Street East 707
Charleston 25301 WV US

Joshua L. Jarrell concentrates his practice in public and project finance, municipal bonds and economic development. He also has a background in energy law and title-curative issues. His work throughout the region has built valuable relationships nationwide and fostered in-depth knowledge of options available to developers in West Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.

Clients appreciate his focus and accessibility as much as they do his legal experience. Josh is leading the firm’s Opportunity Zones working group and has expertise with advising clients how to structure investments in opportunity zones, entity formation, and compliance with state and federal tax laws and regulations.

Josh is the former Deputy Secretary and General Counsel at the West Virginia Department of Commerce, where he counseled the cabinet secretary, agency officials, and employees on legal issues affecting eight separate agencies. Key aspects of his experience include:

  • Successfully recruiting Fortune 100 corporation to locate and construct significant manufacturing operations in WV
  • Recruiting multi-billion dollar petrochemical investments to the tri-state region
  • Negotiating corporate performance agreements, memoranda of understanding, and incentive packages for automotive, petrochemicals, consumer goods, and information technology companies
  • Advising on Tax Increment Financing, West Virginia Tourism Development Act, and state-sponsored direct/indirect financing strategies
  • Using of synthetic leases, Payment in Lieu of Tax (PILOT) arrangements, and tax incentives
  • Navigating multifaceted areas of state government and key decision-makers
  • Advising on programs at the West Virginia Infrastructure & Jobs Development Council, West Virginia Water Development Authority, and the West Virginia Economic Development Authority
  • Advising on the West Virginia Freedom of Information Act and Open Meetings Act

EXPERIENCE:

  • Counseled the West Virginia Development Office on legal issues affecting business locations or expansion opportunities, financing, tax abatement, and site or facility location decisions
  • Managed department litigation in administrative, harassment, wrongful termination, and tax matters
  • Assisted energy clients in conducting due diligence and acquisition of various leasehold estates in West Virginia and Pennsylvania

Education:

  • J.D. West Virginia University
  • B.S. West Virginia University

Memberships:

  • West Virginia State Bar Association
  • Certificate of Achievement (Spanish), Universidad de Menendez y Pelayo (1999, 2000)
  • Member, Moot Court, Semi-finalist, 2009 George Washington National Security Law Competition
  • Recipient, Patrick Duffy Koontz Scholarship
  • Citizen Review Committee, United Way of Monongalia and Preston Counties (2010-2013)
  • Advisory Board Member, WVU Northern Brownfields Assistance Center (2009-2013)
  • Advisory Board Member, West Virginia Brownfield Revolving Fund (2017-2018)
  • Board Member, West Virginia Land Stewardship Corporation (2014-2018)

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