Josh Tosney

Deputy County Counsel

Josh Tosney joined the Office of the County Counsel in 2022.  He works on legislation and legislative advocacy.  Before joining the Office, he spent a decade as a legislative attorney, first as a Deputy Legislative Counsel at the Office of the Legislative Counsel of California and then as a Staff Counsel to the California Senate Judiciary Committee.  He also served as a Senior Appellate Attorney for the California Third District Court of Appeal.  Before going to law school, Josh served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Chongqing, China.

Josh’s professional expertise includes:

  • Legislative process and advocacy
  • Bill drafting and statutory construction

Education

  • Boston University School of Law, J.D., 2011
    • International Law Journal
    • Pro Bono and Public Service programs
    • Legislative Policy & Drafting Clinic
  • California State University, Sacramento, M.A., Education, 2008
  • University of California, Santa Barbara, B.A., magna cum laude, 2003
    • Outstanding Graduate (Philosophy); Distinguished Graduate (English)

Prior Experience

  • Senior Appellate Attorney at the California Third District Court of Appeal (2021-2022)
  • Staff Counsel to the California Senate Judiciary Committee (2018-2021)
  • Deputy Legislative Counsel at the Office of Legislative Counsel of California (2011-2018)

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