2022 Keynote Speaker

Josh Hodges

Josh Hodges balanced work, family, and classes on the journey that led to the establishment of his own law practice in Hamilton. After graduating from Hamilton High School he began working a series of factory jobs. It was while working third shift at one of these jobs that he began taking classes at the Miami Hamilton campus, often with only a brief nap in his car between getting off work and reporting for class.

Through his perseverance he earned his Associate of Arts in 2010, followed by his Bachelor’s of Integrative Studies cum laude in December 2011. He then attended the Salmon P. Chase College of Law where served as Student Bar Association President before graduating summa cum laude in 2015 in the top 5% of his class.

He was hired at Frost Brown Todd, one of the largest and most prestigious firms in the Midwest, where he gained experience in many types of cases, including representing large corporations and governmental agencies. He also gained experience in litigation defense, including the defense of personal injury claims.

After assisting clients throughout the country and internationally, he opened his own practice in Hamilton. Today he is a partner in Kruger and Hodges, Attorneys at Law, with a practice focused on personal injury, and what began with a single office in Hamilton has now expanded to serving clients at three locations with a team of seven associates.

In addition to his work, Josh participates in Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and is a member of the Board of Directors of Parachute Butler County, Court Appointed Special Advocates, working with abused, neglected or dependent children in the Juvenile Court system.

He lives in one of Hamilton’s great historic neighborhoods with his wife Heather, son Isaac, and daughter Lila.