Josh Rohrscheib is a partner at Bolen Robinson & Ellis, LLP, practicing in the firm’s Bloomington and Decatur offices. Josh is a personal injury lawyer, dedicated to helping those who have been injured by the carelessness of others. Josh has been recognized by Martindale-Hubble with an AV Preeminent Rating, by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star, and by the National Trial Lawyers, as a Top 40 Under 40 Illinois Plaintiff’s lawyer.
Prior to joining BRE Law, Josh served as an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of a global law firm, as General Counsel of a mid-sized trucking company, and practiced with other firms in the Decatur area, including his own.
After receiving his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, Josh served as a policy staffer in the Illinois General Assembly. He attended the University of Illinois College of Law where he earned Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, and served as an Associate Editor of the University of Illinois Law Review. At the U of I, he was elected Student Body President and created the Legacy of Service Scholarship, which provides hundreds of students with scholarships for each year that they participate in community service. The endowment of the scholarship was projected to reach $15M by 2020.
Following graduation, Josh was an Associate in the Washington, DC office of a global law firm, practicing primarily in their Government Affairs Group, where he was engaged in legislative and regulatory advocacy at the federal and state level. While there, he co-authored “National Australia Bank and the Threat of Global Class-action Securities Suits,” a white paper published by the Washington Legal Foundation.
In 2009, Josh returned to Central Illinois to gain experience in general law practice. He practiced with two small firms in Central Illinois — providing legal representation and counsel to clients in a variety of areas, including municipal law, commercial litigation, real estate transactions, business law, insurance law, labor law, estate planning, and family law. He also served as General Counsel to a $100+ million privately-held trucking company, where he provided legal counsel to their leadership team, drafted lease agreements and other contracts, led various negotiations, and advised the Company on employment disputes.
After briefly returning to Washington in the fall of 2011 to serve as a Policy Fellow for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Josh returned to his hometown area of Decatur. He felt he now had the professional experiences in the law, public policy, and government affairs to open his own firm. In 2015, Josh joined the Decatur firm of Bolen Robinson & Ellis, LLP, representing plaintiffs in high stakes, complex litigation in Central Illinois and throughout the country.
In addition to his legal practice, Josh enjoys teaching. While at the U of I, he served as a Public Speaking Instructor in the Department of Communications, and was recognized by the students for teaching excellence. In Decatur, Josh taught at Millikin University and Richland Community College, in law, political science, and political communication.
Josh has a strong interest in public policy and public service. Prior to law school, he worked as a policy analyst in the Illinois State Senate. In 2008, he was selected by the Obama campaign to join a small team of attorneys to conduct sensitive background investigations and prepare extensive vetting reports on prospective Vice Presidential nominees, Cabinet members, and Executive Branch senior staff. He also provided research assistance to the Transition Team working group on Technology, Innovation and Government Reform, helping to develop policy proposals for the administration. Josh served as the chairman of the Macon County Young Democrats, as a Member of the Macon County Jefferson-Jackson Club, and as a Democratic Precinct Committeeman in Macon and McLean County.
Josh is very active in the community. Josh currently serves on the Board of Directors of the McLean County Museum of History. He previously served on the Boards of Decatur Area Arts Council, Decatur Public Library Foundation, the Decatur Celebration, and the Young Philanthropists’ Giving Circle, and as President of the Decatur Chess Club. His service was recognized when he was named to the Central Illinois Business Journal’s list of 20 People Under 40 Who Make a Difference in Central Illinois. In 2014, he was nominated for the Greater Decatur Chamber of Commerce’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
Josh is admitted to practice in Illinois (2006), the District of Columbia (2008)(inactive), and the District Court for the Central District of Illinois (2009).
Josh and his wife Ciarra live in Normal, with their son Graham, and three very good little dogs.