Engel is a 1995 graduate, cum laude, of Harvard University Law School. He is a highly respected and experienced former prosecutor, appellate advocate, and civil rights litigator.
Harvard University Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts – J.D. cum laude–1995 University of Pennsylvania – B.A. magna cum laude–1992
Engel began his career as a prosecutor in 2001 by serving as an Assistant District Attorney in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. In 2002, he moved to Ohio and took a position as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney working for Judge Rachel Hutzel in Warren County, Ohio. In Warren County, he handled some of the office’s most challenging and high-profile cases, including death penalty cases and cases featured on national news programs like 48 Hours. Engel rose to lead the office’s appellate division, where he not only handled appeals for the office, but was also called upon by state and national law enforcement organizations to write amicus curiae briefs to the Ohio Supreme Court and the United States Supreme Court.
From 2007 to 2010, Engel served as Chief Legal Counsel for the Ohio Department of Public Safety. In that position, he provided legal advice to the Department to aid in the development of a coordinated, comprehensive state strategy to address public safety and security issues. Joshua Engel started his legal career at Choate, Hall & Stewart, a large Boston law firm known for more than a century as the home of some the nation’s most accomplished litigators. At Choate, he represented clients across and outside of the country in complex litigation matters in federal and state courts, as well as in ADR proceedings. He was quickly given the responsibility to handle litigation matters involving millions of dollars for Fortune 500 companies, including Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, and Travelers.
Engel is a frequent lecturer and author on cutting-edge constitutional law issues. In 2017, Engel was asked to consult with the Department of Education on revisions to the Title IX process for handing allegations of sexual assault on colleges and universities. Engel has taught criminal law and other courses at Wilmington College and has been a featured speaker for various organizations on constitutional law issues