Director at Large

Joshua E. Newstat has dedicated his entire legal career to protecting the rights of others, including the disabled and the accused.

Prior to becoming a co-founding partner of the firm, Lessem & Newstat, Joshua spent five years as a deputy attorney in the Ventura County Public Defender’s office.

“I enjoy being an advocate for those who face an uphill climb,” Joshua says, “and I believe in working as hard as possible to get results for them.”

As a student at Loyola Law School, Joshua clerked for United States Federal Magistrate Stephen J. Hillman, which gave him the experience of researching, analyzing and drafting numerous opinions on matters such as writs and appeals and social security appeals.

He went on to intern with the Western Law Center for Disability Rights, where he participated in litigation involving complex civil rights issues in behalf of the disabled. He settled into a role with the Ventura County Public Defender in 2005 where be worked extensively with the mentally Ill population including mental health court and LPS conservatorships. 

“You have to consider the short and long-term effects for your clients, including jail time, the impact on their jobs, educational goals and whether they are in need of treatment to help deal with important issues, such as drug addiction or mental health issues,” Joshua says.

Joshua has worked as a tireless advocate for the rights of the accused, the injured and the mentally ill throughout his career. As a result, he has received an award and special recognition from the Ventura County Criminal Defense Bar Association for his outstanding contributions to the criminal justice system. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Ventura County chapter of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI).

Joshua served as 2010-2011 president of the Ventura County Criminal Defense Bar Association, which involved meeting regularly with judges, prosecutors, probation officers and others to discuss ways to improve the Ventura County criminal justice system.


University of California at Los Angeles, B.A., Political Science, 1999 (Dean’s List); Loyola School of Law, J.D., 2003 (Dean’s List)

Bar Admissions


United States District Court – Central District


Ventura County Criminal Defense Bar Association (2010-2011 President), Los Angeles County Bar Association, Ventura County Bar Association, American Bar Association