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Joshua Fershee

Joshua Fershee

Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Development
Professor of Law


  • B.A., Michigan State University
  • J.D., Tulane Law School


Professor Joshua Fershee joined the faculty at West Virginia University College of Law in fall 2012. His research and scholarship focus is primarily on energy law and business law issues. Recent articles have discussed renewable energy programs in the transportation and electricity sectors, climate policy, geothermal energy, and entity governance. His courses include Business Organizations, Energy Law & Policy, and The Energy Business: Law & Strategy. He is also a co-editor of the Business Law Prof Blog and was a contributor to the Agricultural Law Blog.

Professor Fershee received his J.D. magna cum laude from Tulane Law School, where he was elected Order of the Coif and editor-in-chief of the Tulane Law Review. He is also a graduate of Michigan State University, where he received a B.A. in Social Science, with a focus on economics, psychology, and sociology. Before joining WVU, Professor Fershee served as Associate Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & Research at the University of North Dakota School of Law. Prior to that, he served as a visiting assistant professor of law at Penn State University’s Dickinson School of Law in State College, PA.

Professor Fershee began his legal career with Davis Polk & Wardwell, New York, NY, where he represented clients in corporate and litigation matters including mergers and acquisitions, derivatives transactions, and securities regulation. He then joined the energy practice group at Hogan & Hartson, LLP, Washington, D.C., where he represented energy clients in matters before state and federal regulators, analyzed state and federal legislation, and advised clients on mergers and acquisitions, climate change issues, and renewable portfolio standards.

Before his legal career, Professor Fershee worked for a Washington, D.C.-based trade association comprised of video and computer game companies where he coordinated the media relations program and conducted intellectual property and anti-piracy training sessions for law enforcement officials (e.g., U.S. Customs and FBI), media, and other key audiences. He then served as a public relations professional in the entertainment technology industry specializing in strategic planning, brand management, and crisis communications with two Los Angeles public relations agencies.

Academic Experience

West Virginia University College of Law
Center for Energy and Sustainable Development

  • Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Development 06/2015 – present
  • Professor of Law (with tenure) 07/2014 – present
  • Director, LL.M.: Energy & Sustainable Development Law 12/2013 – present
  • Associate Professor of Law 07/2012 – 07/2014

University of North Dakota School of Law

  • Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & Research, July 2011 – June 2012
  • Associate Professor of Law, August 2010 -June 2011
  • Assistant Professor of Law, July 2007 – August 2010
  • Faculty Development Fellow for Research & Scholarship, April 2009 – June 2011
  • North Dakota Spirit Faculty Achievement Award (2010)

Select Publications

  • The Oil and Gas Evolution: Learning from the Hydraulic Fracturing Experiences in North Dakota and West Virginia,Texas Wesleyan Law Review (2012)
  • LLCs and Corporations: A Fork in the Road in Delaware?, 1 Harvard Business Law Review Online 82 (2011),
  • Changing Resources, Changing Market: The Impact of a National Renewable Portfolio Standard on the U.S. Energy Industry, 29 Energy Law Journal 49 (2008) (peer reviewed), excerpt reprinted in Chris Wold, et al., Climate Change and the Law 699-701 (2009)
  • Misguided Energy: Why Recent Legislative, Regulatory, and Market Initiatives Are Insufficient to Improve the Failing U.S. Energy Infrastructure, 44 Harvard Journal on Legislation 327 (2007)

In the News:

How a scandal-plagued company gave birth to Kinder Morgan - National Observer (Canada) - 11/14/16

Professor says judge's opinion on implied pooling rights marks departure from state oil and gas law - WV Record - 8/11/16

Problems of Marcellus Drilling (w/ Prof. Patrick McGinley) - The Law Works - 9/25/2014

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