Josh Zugish
Of Counsel

Josh Zugish provides civil litigation, employment and education services, and practices in state and federal court. He also counsels employers with day-to-day employment matters, policy and handbook development, compliance and trainings, workplace investigations, EEOC charges and litigation. Josh is licensed to practice in Georgia, Colorado, Alabama and Montana.

Josh also serves K-12 and higher education institutions in all areas, including policy and compliance, faculty and student affairs, employment, risk management, board governance, Title IX, Title VII, ADA/IDEA/Section 504, EEOC charges and OCR complaints, open records, education abroad, free speech and related matters. He is currently an instructor for two Title IX certification courses offered through Tulane Law School, and previously taught the Law of Higher Education as adjunct faculty for Colorado State University and the University of Northern Colorado.

Josh utilizes his prior experience as both in-house and private counsel to provide effective, pragmatic solutions to the wide range of client challenges.


University of Montana School of Law (J.D., 2000)

The Evergreen State College (B.A., 1998)

Prior Experience

Of Counsel in the Higher Education, Litigation and Employment practice groups, Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC (2018 – 2021)

Senior Counsel/Special Assistant Attorney General, Office of the General Counsel, Colorado State University System (2008 – 2018)

Associate Attorney, Myatt Brandes & Gast PC (2003-2008)

Publications and Seminars

  • The Colorado Lawyer – Expect the Unexpected: Disaster and Succession Planning for Lawyers – May 2021
  • South Carolina Trade Schools – Title IX: Wait, where are we? And where are we going? – April 2021
  • HR Professionals Magazine – 2020 Rewind and Pending U.S. Supreme Court Cases Impacting Employment Law in 2021 – February 2021
  • HR Professionals Magazine – DOL Update and Return to Work Guidance – September 2020
  • HR Professionals Magazine – Soft Skills a “Good Fit” for 11th Circuit? – March 2019
  • Birmingham Business Journal – What businesses need to know on Alabama’s Data Breach Notification Act” – May 2018
  • NASPA Annual Law Conference – Title IX Litigation Updates – December 2017
  • NASPA Annual Law Conference – ADA/Section 504 Litigation Updates – December 2017
  • FISHER & PHILLIPS Webinar – Autism Support Programs and ADA Compliance – October 2016
  • MAGNA Webinar – Title IX and ADA Compliance for Faculty – February 2016
  • NACUA Workshop, New Orleans – Distressed and Dangerous Persons on Campus – March 2011
  • MAGNA Webinar – Students of Concern: Law and Case Studies – June 2011
  • NACUA Annual Conference, Washington D.C. – Accommodating Student Psychiatric Disabilities in Post-Virginia Tech World – June 2010

Professional Leadership

  • President, Larimer County Bar Association (600+ members) 2017 – 2018
  • Executive Committee, Larimer County Bar Association 2013 – 2018
  • Trustee, Colorado Legal Aid Foundation 2012 – 2018
  • Colorado Bar Association Leadership Training Program (COBALT) 2008
  • COBALT Program Development Committee 2009
  • President, Young Lawyers Division, Larimer County Bar Association 2005