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Josh Traeger

But Josh knew that in order to serve others well, he needed to have a clear competitive edge. So, he focused relentlessly on improving and refining his trial advocacy skills. In law school, he was awarded a Trial Advocacy Fellowship. This competitive program required Josh to train for hundreds of hours to develop his verbal and written advocacy skills. After graduating law school, and in the first few months of his legal career, Josh received the American Association for Justice’s “Excellence in Trial Advocacy Award,” reserved for the single military officer who demonstrated the highest level of skill in criminal trials. Then, for more than six years, Josh served as an Air Force Senior Trial Counsel, traveling the world and prosecuting the military’s most difficult cases. All told, Josh has prosecuted or defended more than 200 criminal trials, including more than 150 jury trials. He leverages his refined advocacy skills and mountain of trial experience to deliver fantastic results for his clients.

As the Founding Attorney of True North Legal Group, Josh believes in a simple mantra – “always choose the hard right over the easy wrong.” Whether fighting for a client’s rights, presenting a case to a jury, or helping out in his community, Josh is continually focused on providing value and expertise to his clients.

When he’s not busy leading True North Legal Group, Josh enjoys all the outdoor activities that Northern Michigan has to offer – mountain biking, skiing, and camping.


  • Bachelor of Arts, Wake Forest University
  • Juris Doctor, Loyola University Chicago School of Law
  • Philip H. Corboy Fellow in Trial Advocacy


  • Excellence in Trial Advocacy Award, American Association of Justice
  • Two-Time Recipient of Meritorious Service Medal