Josh Russ

“There are a lot of good baseball players but there are only a few who the experts describe as ‘five tool guys’; those rare players are the ones who are excellent in all phases of the game – hitting for power, hitting for average, throwing, running and fielding.  The same is also true for lawyers.  There are plenty of good attorneys, but the really excellent ones combine a rare combination of gifts and hard work that separates them from the pack.  Josh Russ is one of those rare few that has ‘it’ – he is a brilliant legal tactician; he has an outstanding work ethic as well as tremendous compassion; and perhaps most importantly, Josh has honed an uncanny ability to understand and solve problems for his client.  Simply put, Josh is a Hall of Fame advocate in all respects.” – Malcolm Bales, Former United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas


A former Assistant United States Attorney, Josh is a principled and relentless advocate.

In 2013, after practicing healthcare regulation and litigation at a large corporate law firm, Josh joined Reese Marketos. During his time as an associate, Josh tried a jury trial on behalf of a plaintiff financial firm involving debt owed to his client under multiple loan instruments. The case settled just before closing arguments for more than $2 million. In addition, Josh represented two entrepreneurs in a commercial fraud and breach of contract matter that resulted in a favorable judgment for more than $5 million. The Fifth Court of Appeals in Dallas affirmed the judgment in 2016.

In 2015, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Texas offered Josh the opportunity to serve the American public as the Eastern District’s Affirmative Civil Enforcement (ACE) Coordinator. In that role, Josh oversaw and directed most of the Eastern District’s False Claims Act and civil Controlled Substances Act investigations and litigation. In less than five years, Josh’s work contributed to the recovery of more than $85 million in settlements, suspensions, and judgments on behalf of American taxpayers, most of which involved enforcement of the Anti-Kickback Statute and the False Claims Act. Josh was also named the Eastern District’s Civil Healthcare Fraud Coordinator, where he worked to develop the district’s parallel proceedings practices in accordance with Department of Justice policy.

For his work, Josh was awarded the Executive Office of United States Attorneys Director’s Award for Superior Performance as a Civil AUSA. Josh frequently lectured internally for the Department of Justice regarding the False Claims Act, the Controlled Substances Act, and parallel proceedings.

In 2018, at the age of 33, Josh was promoted to serve as the Eastern District’s Civil Chief. In that position, Josh supervised all civil litigation across the Eastern District’s six divisions: Sherman, Texarkana, Marshall, Tyler, Lufkin, and Beaumont. In addition to managing the Eastern District’s affirmative False Claims Act and civil Controlled Substances Act dockets, Josh supervised the district’s Financial Litigation Unit as well as defensive litigation against the United States, its agencies, and its personnel.

Josh’s highest priority as Civil Chief became fighting the nation’s devastating opioid crisis. He served as the co-chair of a national Prescription Interdiction and Litigation (PIL) Task Force working group.

In November 2019, Josh rejoined Reese Marketos as a partner, where he leads the firm’s Eastern District office and the firm’s False Claims Act practice. Since returning to the firm, his experience includes:

  • Serving as lead trial counsel for two False Claims Act relators in a defense procurement action in the Northern District of Alabama, which resulted in a unanimous jury verdict awarding the government more than $36 million in single damages (United States ex rel. Marsteller v. MD Helicopters, Inc.);
  • Representing an anonymous whistleblower who obtained an award of more than $1.2 million from the SEC;
  • Representing a healthcare compliance professional in a False Claims Act action against a hospital system resulting in a settlement of more than $3 million;
  • Representing a whistleblower who helped the Department of Justice obtain a $930,000 False Claims Act settlement in a defense procurement and cyber-security fraud action, which was the first settlement of a civil cyber-fraud case under DOJ’s Civil Cyber-Fraud Initiative.


  • “Winning Whistleblower Claims” May 2022
    Panel Member,
    The 2022 Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute
    Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • “What We Wish We Knew – Advice From Former Government Attorneys” October 2020
    Panel Member,
    Taxpayers Against Fraud Education Fund 20th Annual Conference
    Plano, Texas
  • “‘Uh, Houston, We’ve had a Problem.’ — Criminal Law for Civil Lawyers” September 2019
    Panel Member,
    Eastern District of Texas 2019 Bench Bar Conference
    Plano, Texas
  • “Opioid Enforcement — Pharmacies” September 2019
    Western ACE Conference 2019
    Denver, Colorado
  • “Prosecuting Corporations” August 2019
    Instructor, Prosecuting Diversion Cases
    Quantico/Stafford, Virginia
  • “The False Claims Act and Parallel Proceedings” March 2019
    Guest Lecturer, Baylor Law School
    Waco, Texas
  • “Qui Tam. The Growing Role of ‘Private Attorneys General’ in EDTX  Under the Federal False Claims Act” October 2018
    Panel Member, Eastern District of Texas 2018 Bench Bar Conference
    Plano, Texas
  • “Civil Remedies in Diversion Cases” October 2018
    DEA Academy, Diversion Specialized Training Unit
    Quantico/Stafford, Virginia
  • “Triaging Post-Escobar Litigation Issues” May 2018
    Panel Member,
    Affirmative Civil Enforcement (ACE) for Attorneys Seminar
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • “Healthcare Investigation Workshop” April 2018
    Guest Lecturer, University of Houston Law Center
    Houston, Texas
  • “Parallel Proceedings” March 2018
    Guest Lecturer, University of Houston Law Center
    Houston, Texas
  • “Healthcare Compliance and the False Claims Act” February 2018
    Guest Lecturer, University of Houston Law Center
    Houston, Texas
  • “Healthcare Compliance, False Claims Act Cases, and Parallel Investigations” February 2017
    Guest Lecturer, University of Houston Law Center
    Houston, Texas
  • “Enforcement Update” October 2016
    Panel Member, Texas Hospital Association 2016 Health Law Conference
    Austin, Texas
  • “Parallel Proceedings” August 2016
    Panel Member, Affirmative Civil Enforcement (ACE) for Attorneys Seminar
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • “Settling False Claims Act Cases” August 2016
    Moderator, Affirmative Civil Enforcement (ACE) for Attorneys Seminar
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • “False Claims Act Cases and Parallel Investigations” June 2016
    Speaker, U.S. – European Fraud Working Group Meeting
    Garmisch, Germany
  • “Parallel Proceedings: Best Practices” May 2016
    Panel Member, Healthcare Fraud Coordinators’ Conference
    Columbia, South Carolina


  • Awarded 35th EOUSA Director’s Award: Superior Performance as an Assistant United States Attorney – Civil, February 2019
  • Nominated for the Attorney General’s Award for Outstanding Contributions by a New Employee, February 2018


  • Rachel V. Rose and Joshua M. Russ, "Whistleblowing, Separation Agreements, and the Enforceability of Contractual Limitations," American Bar Association, The Health Lawyer (June 2020),


University of California, Berkeley School of Law

Juris Doctor, 2010

Prosser Prize, Torts, Spring 2008
Prosser Prize, Property, Fall 2007

University of Miami

Bachelor of Arts, 2006

Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society


Supreme Court of Texas; United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; United States District Courts for the Eastern, Northern, Southern, and Western Districts of Texas