Joe Roden

Joe Roden

Rusty Hardin & Associates, LLP

Recognized since 2018

Houston, Texas

Practice Areas

Appellate Practice

Criminal Defense: White-Collar

Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

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Joe Roden grew up in Liberty, Texas and attended the University of Texas as an undergraduate, where he graduated in 1988. He then went into the U.S. Marine Corps. Joe attained the rank of 1st Lieutenant and was a decorated officer in the Marine Corps during Desert Storm, the first Gulf War. After leaving the Marine Corps, he graduated from the University of Houston Law Center with honors and then clerked for Justice Murry Cohen on the First Court of Appeals. After clerking for the Court of Appeals, he joined McGinnis, Lochridge and Kilgore, where he did primarily appellate work, an area of concentration he has continued while at Rusty Hardin & Associates.

Joe is considered an excellent appellate attorney by his peers and continues to consider that his primary vocation. He is the immediate past chair of the Houston Bar Association appellate practice section. He proudly refers to himself as an “appellate geek.” In reality, however, he is far more than a one-note artist. He has increasingly taken the lead in developing and managing complex personal injury and business litigation cases that started out with forlorn potential. Through his sheer determination and legal imagination, he has achieved incredibly favorable settlements in several of these thorny cases during the last few years. He has done a remarkable job conducting the discovery for these cases and preparing them for trial. Joe has also been a wonderful asset and resource in assisting the other attorneys in the office with instant high-quality legal research and writing on short notice for a wide variety of cases. Joe concentrates exclusively on civil cases.

Practice Areas:

Appellate, Cases Involving Public Figures, Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury Claims

Contact & Links


  • Five Houston Center, Suite 2250
    1401 McKinney Street
    Houston, TX 77010


  • University of Houston Law Center , J.D., cum laude, graduated 1995
  • The University of Texas at Austin, B.A., graduated 1988

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, State Bar of Texas


  • Houston Bar Association, Appellate Practice Section - Past Chair
  • Houston Bar Association, Appellate Practice Section - Secretary (2009), Treasurer (2010)
  • State Bar of Texas - Member

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth and Ninth Circuits

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • Appellate Practice
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs


  • Best Lawyers in America, 2018-2021
  • Texas Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters, 2009-2021
  • Texas Rising Stars, 2005, as published in Texas Monthly

U.S. Marine Corps

First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, 1988-1992

U.S. Marine Corps:

  • Combat Action Ribbon
  • Navy Commendation Medal
  • Kuwait Liberation Medal

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