Joseph "Joe" Marrs

Joseph "Joe" Marrs


Marrs Ellis & Hodge LLP

Recognized since 2020

Houston, Texas

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation

Litigation - Trusts and Estates

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Joe Marrs represents clients at trial and arbitration in matters concerning fiduciary, trust, and will contests, as well as other complex disputes in the courts. He is a founding partner of Marrs Ellis & Hodge, a litigation boutique that specializes in high-stakes property disputes.

From 2016 to present, Mr. Marrs has been recognized on the list of Texas Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters in the area of estate and trust litigation. In 2020, he earned recognition in The Best Lawyers in America. He also has been named as one of Houston’s top lawyers in commercial litigation by H-Magazine. Mr. Marrs has an AV-Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell, for the highest level of professional excellence, based on peer-review.

Mr. Marrs earned a B.A. in Plan II Honors and Latin from the University of Texas before attending the University of Texas School of Law. There, he served as a member of the Texas Law Review’s editorial board. After earning his J.D., Mr. Marrs served as law clerk to the Honorable Guy Herman in the Travis County Probate Court Number One.

He is admitted to practice in the State of Texas, as well as the United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas. He is a member of the Probate section of the Houston Bar Association and is a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. He served on the board of directors for the Estate Planning and Probate section of the Austin Bar Association from 2011-2012.

Contact & Links

Location

  • 9811 Katy Freeway, Suite 900
    Houston, TX 77024

Education

  • The University of Texas, J.D., graduated 2002
  • The University of Texas, B.A., with High Honors, graduated 1998

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 2002
  • Texas, State Bar of Texas

Affiliations

  • Austin Bar Association, Estate Planning and Probate Section - Board of Directors (2011-2012)
  • Houston Bar Association, Probate Section - Member
  • Texas Bar Foundation - Fellow
  • Houston Bar Association, Probate section - Member
  • Texas Bar Foundation - Fellow
  • Austin Bar Association, Estate Planning and Probate section - Board of Directors, 2011-2012
  • State Bar of Texas - Member

Court Admissions

  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Texas

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

  • Litigation - Trusts and Estates
  • Commercial Litigation

Awards:

  • Texas Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters, 2016-2020
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2020-2021
  • AV-Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell for the highest level of professional excellence
  • Houston’s Top Lawyers in Commercial Litigation by H-Magazine
  • Texas Rising Stars, as published in Texas Monthly, 2013-2016

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Busting a Trust


by Joseph Marrs

The rules governing trusts and asset distribution are often much more flexible than many might assume. Here’s a primer.

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