For Attorney Joshua Malher, personal injury is a passion born from his own life experience.
Years ago, as a younger man, Josh was rear-ended by a driver while sitting at a traffic light. Josh escaped without injury, but his then-girlfriend, now-wife, suffered substantial injuries to her neck and back. The young couple sought out an attorney to help them with their claim for personal injury. The attorney they hired was curt, dismissive, and ultimately recovered only a fraction of what their case was worth. He also left them with huge medical bills and a very bad taste in their mouths.
So, Josh did what any rational person would do: he went to law school to become a personal injury attorney.
While in law school, Josh clerked for Judge William Boklund in LaPorte Superior Court and Judge Gregg Donat in Tippecanoe County Superior Court. Josh became a published author, having contributed to the Justices of the Indiana Supreme Court (available at Amazon.com and Google Books). Josh was also a member and Associate Justice of the Moot Court Honor Society.
After graduation, Josh was fortunate enough to work with one of Lake County’s preeminent civil attorneys, Michael Back. When Mr. Back passed away, Josh would spend the next five years honing his skills as a personal injury and civil attorney and focusing on recovering substantial settlements and judgments for his clients. Then, seeking to broaden his experience and sharpen his trial acumen, Josh joined the Lake County Prosecutor’s Office, where he would successfully try misdemeanors and felony cases, including acting as the sole prosecutor in a murder trial, a first in the county in almost fifteen years. While working for the Prosecutor, one of his most challenging cases was against Paul Stracci and his team at Stracci Law Group. Shortly after the trial, Mr. Stracci approached Josh and asked him to join the firm to develop a personal injury practice offering the same kind of relentless advocacy it offered to their criminal clients. Josh happily accepted, anxious to return to working with injured and aggrieved parties in the civil courts, and joined the Stracci Law Group in 2018.
In his spare time, Josh enjoys river-panning for rare earth metals, ice cream sculpting, collecting Faberge toiletries, marinating things, translating the collected works of Marcel Proust into Dothraki, and making up hobbies he doesn’t actually do to sound more interesting.
Valparaiso School of Law, Juris Doctorate
Purdue University, West Lafayette, Bachelor of Arts; graduated with Highest Distinction