JOSHUA S. HORTON
Joshua Shane Horton is the Owner and Founder of The Joshua S. Horton Law Firm, PA, practicing primarily in victim’s rights as sufferers from Substance Use Disorder. However, he also practices medical malpractice, complex business litigation, personal injury, and criminal defense. Mr. Horton is licensed to practice law in Florida, the Federal District Courts in the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida, as well as Washington D.C. He is originally from Atlanta Georgia. Mr. Horton received his Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss), and was awarded the Julien Tatum award for outstanding graduating senior in the Sociology Department. He simultaneously graduated from the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College magna cum laude, with his Honors Thesis topic of Rehabilitation vs. Incarceration for nonviolent substance use offenders. Mr. Horton was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa (Beta Chapter Mississippi), and Phi Kappa Phi Honors Societies.
Mr. Horton then graduated cum laude from Ole Miss Law with a certificate in criminal law. He has worked as a drug and criminal justice policy consultant with government officials in both Mississippi and Florida, including the prison commissioner and re-entry council on reform efforts within the MS Department of Corrections. Mr. Horton was appointed to the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics Opiate Task Force by Governor Phil Bryant and works continuously on efforts to improve the lives of citizens suffering from substance use disorder.
His efforts and story have garnered local, national, and international media attention for his innovative policy solutions. Mr. Horton has given TED Talks on Criminal Justice Reform and Substance Use Disorder and his article, DRUG WAR REFORM: Criminal Justice, Recovery, and Holistic Community Alternatives was published in The Criminal Law Bulletin, which has been ranked by Washington & Lee Law as the #2 criminal law journal in the United States. He is also the Founder of Southern Recovery Advocacy, a non-profit based out of Oxford Mississippi and has served in on the Opioid Response Steering Committee, for Palm Beach County, where he chaired the policy and legislation subcommittee from 2018 -2020.
Mr. Horton works tirelessly to give a voice to those who would otherwise remain unheard. Primarily those subjected to the criminal justice system without resources, vulnerable adults who have been neglected, abused, and/or exploited; as well as victims of corporate greed and predatory practices.