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As a teenager in the mid-1980s, attorney Josh Smith fell under the spell of the 1986 action blockbuster Top Gun, set in the world of combat aviation. With that as his motivation, Josh obtained an appointment to the Air Force Academy after high school and went on to attend pilot training in Arizona, learning to fly in the T-37 and T-38.Read More
When Josh’s commitment to the Air Force ended, he wasn’t quite ready to give up his wings and went on to work for United Airlines for a year and half, flying as a flight engineer on the 727 and as First Officer on the 737. After the tragedy of 9/11 drastically contracted the airline industry, Josh enrolled in Lewis & Clark Law School. As he pursued his law degree and began building his thriving entrepreneurial services practice, Josh remained as a pilot in the Air Force Reserves and retired after a total of 20 years of service.
Josh has found that the rigorous training, discipline, and adherence to regulations required of pilots served him well, first in law school and now in his legal career. In his free time, he continues to pursue his passion for flight, renting small planes to take friends and family flying and introducing the world of aviation to his kids.