State Bar of Texas
Board Certified - Estate Planning and Probate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Certified Attorney Ad Litem by the State Bar of Texas Professional Development Program
Joe received a B.B.A. degree in Accounting from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana in 1984. He received his law degree from Baylor University School of Law in Waco, Texas in 1988. He is a certified court ad litem by the State Bar of Texas Professional Development Committee.
Joe was appointed to the Pattern Jury Charge - Family Committee for the State Bar of Texas for 2011-14. His other professional activities have included service on the Guardianship Advisory Board on appointment by the Statutory Probate Courts of Texas and as a director of the Southeast Texas Economic Development Foundation, Inc. He is active in the Beaumont community and recentlyserved as the Chairman of the Diocese of Beaumont Retirement Committee. He is a frequent writer and speaker on various estate planning and tax topics. Joe is active in many community, and charitable organizations as well as local businesses, including his current position as President of the Neches River Festival, Inc., and as a board member for: Southeast Texas Emergency Relief Fund, Beaumont Rice Mills, and the Advisory Board of Directors for Capital One Bank.
Memberships and Honors:
While at Baylor University School of Law, Joe was active in mock trial and the Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity.He is a member of the State Bar Foundation, Jefferson County and American Bar Associations, State Bar of Texas (Real Property Probate and Trust Law and Business Law Sections,) College of the State Bar, Southeast Texas Estate Planning Council, and the Rotary Club of Beaumont, Texas. He has been recognized as a "Texas Super Lawyer®," by Law and Politics in Texas Monthly magazine since 2005. He has also been selected as a "Best Lawyers in America® in Trusts and Estates" since 2009.
Joe is an "AV" Peer Review Rated Attorney listed in Martindale-Hubbell.
Joe's experience includes work with numerous closely-held and family owned businesses, residential and commercial real estate developments, convenience stores, petroleum fuel jobbers, real estate transactions involving both surface and mineral interests, oil and gas transactions, wills, trusts, estate tax, gift tax and generation skipping tax planning.