Joshua S. Smith joined A to Z Law in the spring of 2019 and has since developed a diverse legal practice in Ventura County. Joshua assists in the firm’s water, wastewater, and public agency practices where he has become knowledgeable on the California Environmental Quality Act, Proposition 218 procedures and processes, Public Records Act issues, Brown Act compliance, eminent domain, public bidding and contracting, record retention, and other laws related to board governance and government transparency.
In addition to his work in public sector, Joshua also advises and counsels clients on a wide-range of private legal matters, including land use issues, compliance with local and state environmental laws and regulations, landlord/tenant conflicts, neighbor disputes, insurance policies and coverage concerns, small claims, and debt collection. He is also proficient in transactional matters such as contract negotiation and drafting and assisting in the execution of real estate transactions and purchase and sale agreements.
Joshua assists in the firm’s civil litigation and trust litigation practices. He has experience advocating on behalf of clients in the courtroom and in front of legislative bodies, including local city councils, planning commissions, and governing boards.
Joshua is currently the President Elect of Oxnard Rotary and serves on Rotary’s Board of Directors. He is also involved with the Oxnard Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professionals and the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme.
While at Loyola Law School of Los Angeles, Joshua was a Co-Chair of the Public Interest Law Foundation and Co-President of the Environmental Law Society. In February 2018, he participated in the Jeffery G. Miller National Environmental Moot Court Competition where his team earned Best Business Brief and finished as quarter-finalists. He was awarded the Ami Silverman Award in 2016 and received the Gerald T. McLaughlin Scholarship in 2017. Joshua continues mentoring Loyola students and annually volunteers as a guest judge for Loyola’s Environmental Moot Court.
In his free time, Joshua enjoys hiking, surfing, snowboarding, playing softball, and birdwatching. If he is on vacation, he is likely camping with his fiancé and his dog Mando. He is an avid gardener and big Dodgers fan.