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Joshua Bade, 33

Administrative Director and Assistant General Counsel, CoxHealth

Josh BadeLocation: Springfield

Practice Area(s): Physician compensation and contracting, Stark and anti-kickback investigations/compliance, general contracting, corporate transactions, leases, board and governance, litigation management, regulatory compliance

Law School: University of Arkansas

A pet-food scare propelled Josh Bade to law school. He was a writer and graphic designer at Nestle when customers became concerned about a possible large-scale contamination. Bade helped to come up with messaging to allay their fears, and in doing so, worked with the company’s legal department. He decided a lawyer is what he would rather be.

Today, at CoxHealth, he manages a wide range of matters and duties. For example, this year, he helped with the launch of docXchange, a physician practice-management app.

He also developed a multimillion-dollar facilities plan for ambulatory expansion. It was approved by the Board of Directors, and crews already have broken ground on three new facilities that will each be around 30,000 square feet.

Said Bade: “I enjoy strategizing and building things.

What advice do you have for young lawyers?

You can’t steal second base with your foot still on first. Calculated risks are necessary to drive improvement and create change.

What is something that would surprise people about you?

I once shot free throws with Michael Jordan.

What has been your favorite moment as an attorney?

I‘ve been fortunate enough to work on multiple mergers since I joined CoxHealth. It takes the coordinated effort of multiple attorneys and departments to get these completed. That team effort leads to good memories and a joint sigh of relief when the deal goes through. Watching our team work together and succeed during hard times has created many great memories.

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