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Attorney Josh Lee2018-11-25T02:56:09+00:00

Josh D. Lee, J.D., M.S., NREMT

Founding & Managing Partner

Attorney Josh Lee is one of Ward Lee & Coats’ Criminal Defense Attorneys. He focuses his practice on only a few particular areas: 1) Forensic Science related matters like DUI, DWI, Drug Possession, and DNA; 2) Open Government related cases like violation of the Open Records Act and Open Meetings Act; and 3) representing Oklahoma law abiding gun owners.

Attorney Josh Lee is a new breed of lawyer known as the lawyer-scientist. In addition to his law degree Josh has a Master of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Florida. In todays world of criminal defense, it is no longer good enough to just be a good trial attorney. It is imperative that your lawyer be trained in and understand various areas of forensic science. Josh was among the first few attorneys in the US to realize this importance and is a pioneer in learning and in training defense attorneys across the US how to better understand forensic science and how to use it in the courtroom.


Northeast Oklahoma A&M

  • Associates | Criminal Justice – 2000

Rogers State University

  • Bachelor of Science | Business & Computer Programing – 2004

University of Tulsa College of Law

  • Juris Doctor – 2007

University of Florida

  • Master of Science in Pharmacy – 2016


  • 2018 Recipient of the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Fern Holland Courageous Lawyer Award
  • Oklahoma Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 Young Leaders in Oklahoma for 2018
  • Lawyer-Scientist as Recognized by the Chemistry and the Law Division of the American Chemical Society
  • Nationally Recognized Speaker having lectured over 230 times in 22 states and 2 countries
  • Forensic Chromatography Instructor for the American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • Forensic Science Co-Chairman for the Chemistry & the Law Division of the ACS
  • 2018 Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers Association President’s Award Honoree for Outstanding Advocacy
  • 2013 Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers Association President’s Award Honoree for Outstanding Advocacy
  • Federally licensed Firearms Manufacturer (FFL Type 07)
  • Licensed to manufacture and sell National Firearms Act items like silencers, short barrel rifles, short barrel shotguns, and fully automatic weapons
  • NRA Lifetime Member
  • NRA Certified Pistol Instructor
  • Certified Glock Pistol Instructor
  • Certified Glock Armorer
  • Published Author
  • NHTSA Certified on the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFST)
  • NHTSA Certified Instructor of the SFSTs
  • Independent Operator Certification on the Intoxilyzer 8000 & 5000 by the state of Oklahoma
  • Trained on the Drug Recognition Expert protocol
  • Charter Member DUI Defense Lawyers Association
  • President of the DUI Defense Lawyers Association Justice Foundation
  • Sustaining Member of the National College for DUI Defense
  • Member of the Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Licensed to Practice Law in Oklahoma and Texas


  • DUI/DWI Defense
  • DNA Criminal Defense
  • Open Government Cases
  • Gun Owner’s Rights


2007-Present – Partner Ward & Lee, Vinita, Oklahoma
2007-2007 – Clinton M. Ward, P.C. – Licensed Legal Intern
2005-2007 – Tulsa County District attorneys Office – Licensed Legal Intern
2005-2005 – Ward & Lair, P.L.C. – Law Clerk
1999-2001 – Vinita Police Department – Police Office / Dispatcher


State of Oklahoma – 2007


Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association – Member
American Chemical Society – Member
National College of DUI Defense – Member
Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers Association – Member
Oklahoma Bar Association – Member