Josh Duden has been practicing law in Iowa since 2019 and started at Hopkins & Huebner as an associate in 2020. Josh’s primary focus is workers’ compensation defense.
After graduating from Drake University with both his undergraduate and juris doctor degrees, Josh served as a judicial law clerk in the Polk County District Court in Des Moines, Iowa. There, he assisted the judges with legal research and writing, including the drafting of orders and rulings on a wide variety of cases. Much of his work addressed complicated workers’ compensation issues raised on appeal from the Iowa Workers’ Compensation Commission.
Josh is a member of the Iowa State and Polk County Bar Associations. He serves on the Section Council for the Administrative Law Section of the Iowa State Bar Association.
Workers' Compensation Defense
Member, Administrative Law Section Council, 2020-CurrentMember, Young Lawyer’s Division, 2019-Current
Juris Doctor, with Honors, 2019 Certificate: Legislative Practice, 2019Dean’s Scholar, 2016-2019Principal Financial Scholarship Recipient, 2016-2017Larry Pope Scholarship Recipient, 2018-2019
Drake Journal of Agricultural Law, 2017-2019 Junior Staff, 2017-2018Note Editor, 2018-2019
First Place, C. Edwin Moore First-Year Appellate Oral Advocacy Competition, 2016 (Winner following oral arguments in front of the Iowa Court of Appeals)
Finalist (3rd Place), First-Year Oral Arguments, 2017
American Bar Association (ABA) Moot Court Team Best Oral Advocate (2nd Place), American Bar Association National Appellate Advocacy Competition (Chicago, IL), 2018Semifinalist, American Bar Association Appellate Advocacy Competition (Portland, OR), 2019
American Bar Association National Arbitrations Team Team Member, 2017-2019 Quarterfinalist, American Bar Association Regional Arbitrations Competition, 2018Semifinalist, American Bar Association Regional Arbitrations Competition, 2017
Texas Young Lawyers Association (“TYLA”) National Trial Competition Mock Trial TeamCompetitor, 2017-2018
Drake Law School Student Bar Association University Representative, 2017-2018Treasurer, 2018-2019
Drake Law School Moot Court Board Board Member, 2017-2018Vice President, 2018-2019
Delta Theta Phi International Law Fraternity Member, 2016 and 2019Academic Co-Chair, 2017-2018
Bachelor of Arts, Magnum Cum Laude with University Honors, 2016
Quadruple-Majors in: Politics; Law, Politics, and Society; International Relations; and Rhetoric with a concentration in Leadership, Education, and Development
Kansas Recipient, United States Senate Youth Program Scholarship, 2012 (Awarded by the United States Senate (Hon. Pat Roberts & Hon. Jerry Moran, U.S. Senators for the State of Kansas) and the Hearst Foundation)Presidential Scholarship Recipient, 2012-2016Thibodeaux Scholarship Recipient, 2013-2014Knox Scholarship Recipient, 2013-2014Balanced Man Scholarship Recipient, 2012-2013
Inductee, Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honor Society, 2016
Inductee, Order of Omega National Greek Honor Society, 2015-2016
Inductee, Order of the Barristers National Honorary for Excellence in Brief Writing and Oral Advocacy, 2019
Outstanding Note Award Honorable Mention, Drake Journal of Agricultural Law, 2019
Best Oral Advocate (2nd Place), American Bar Association National Appellate Oral Advocacy Competition, 2018
Josh Duden currently resides in West Des Moines, Iowa, with his dogs Cooper and Baxter and his cat Maui. In his free time, Josh enjoys cheering on the Kansas City Chiefs, swimming, going to concerts, and spending time with his friends and family.
Joshua A. Duden, Note, Unreasonable Exemptions: Analyzing the Agricultural Worker Exemptions to Workers’ Compensation Laws in Light of Rodriguez v. Brand West Dairy, 24 DRAKE J. AGRIC. L. 1, 75-95 (Spring 2019).
Taylor Larson & Joshua Duden, Article, Vying to be King of the Jungle: Where Top-Two Primaries Fall Short, 4 CONCORDIA L. REV. 1, 176-197 (2019).
Taylor Larson & Joshua Duden, Article, Breaking the Ballot Box: A Pathway to Greater Success in Addressing Political Gerrymandering through State Courts, 22 CUNY L. REV. 1, 105-123 (2019).