Joe’s practice is devoted to civil litigation, with a focus on business
litigation, employment matters, and tax litigation and controversies.
Joe’s training and experience fosters his representation of clients
in these areas.
While earning his degree in accounting, Joe trained as a revenue agent
with the Internal Revenue Service. This experience gave Joe an understanding
of investigation and enforcement procedures by a government agency, which
Joe applies in representing clients in dealing with government agencies
such as the Department of Labor, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission,
and the Texas Workforce Commission. This experience is especially helpful
to Joe’s efforts on behalf of taxpayers in dealing with government
agencies. Joe has represented clients in proceedings involving the Internal
Revenue Service, Texas Comptroller’s Office, and local taxing authorities.
After law school, Joe completed a two-year clerkship with the Honorable
Terry R. Means, United States District Judge for the Northern District
of Texas. During this clerkship, Joe worked in all areas of the federal
practice, with a significant portion of the docket being business litigation
and employment matters. This experience gave Joe insight into the workings
of a trial court, helping him represent clients in trial and guide clients
through the trial process.
Joe also represents clients in appellate matters. During law school, Joe
interned with the Honorable Priscilla R. Owen, United States Court of
Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Joe has briefed and argued cases before
Texas appellate courts and the United States Court of Appeals for the
In addition to his work at Naman Howell, Joe teaches as an adjunct professor
at Baylor University School of Law and Tarleton State University. At Tarleton
State, Joe has taught the employment law course for undergraduate business
majors. At Baylor, Joe teaches in the classroom and has coached some of
the school’s mock trial teams, including the American Bar Association
Labor Law team. Joe has presented employment-law topics at various professional
education events, and has provided anti-discrimination and anti-harassment
training to firm clients.