Joe Miguez

Counsel

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Practices
Education
  • The University of Georgia School of Law, JD, cum laude, 2002
  • University of Maryland University College, BA, 1996
Admissions
  • Oklahoma
  • Texas
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma
  • US District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
Affiliations

Austin Bar Association

Leadership Austin, Essential Class of 2014

Board of Directors, American YouthWorks

Advisory Board, MADD Texas

Film & Food Fundraising Party Committee, Austin Film Festival

Vice Chair, Dallas Bar Association Law Day Committee, 2008-2011

American Mensa

Languages
  • Arabic

Joe is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and has over a decade of combined experience as an employment litigator and in-house employment law counsel. His litigation experience includes both trial and appellate matters spanning the spectrum of workplace law, including state and federal anti-discrimination, wage-and-hour, trade secret, non-compete, and medical and military leave laws and regulations, as well as tort, contract, and equitable claims arising in the workplace. Joe also represents businesses of all sizes before state and federal fair employment practices agencies and commissions, advises employers on the creation of workplace policies and procedures, and is an experienced developer and leader of employment law training for all levels of corporate leadership. Before joining McGuireWoods, Joe worked as senior counsel for employment law at one of the world’s leading providers of end-to-end information technology solutions, a role in which he provided daily guidance and frequent training to corporate leaders, human resources professionals, and ethics and compliance teams on a broad range of legal issues arising in the workplace.

Joe is an active member of the Austin community. He serves on the City of Austin Human Rights Commission, has served on boards for a number of Austin-area non-profit organizations, and is an alumnus of Leadership Austin’s Essential class.

Before becoming an attorney, Joe served two tours in the United States Army as a signals intelligence analyst and Arabic language specialist. He graduated with honors from both the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center and the U.S. Army Professional Leadership Development Course. He was assigned to the National Security Agency for the majority of his time in service, and received numerous awards (including the Joint Services Commendation Medal) for his work there.

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Obtained complete arbitration ruling in client’s favor, plus an award of fees and costs, on behalf of sellers of an oil-and-gas automation solutions company in a fraud and breach of contract case brought against sellers by the company’s purchasers.

Obtained temporary injunction on behalf of national consumer packaged goods sales and marketing agency, prohibiting former employee from soliciting the agency’s clients throughout Oklahoma.

Obtained writ of mandamus blocking trial judge’s order of Rule 202 depositions, and set precedent for pre-suit discovery in potential trade secret litigation under Texas law. In re Hewlett Packard, 212 S.W.3d 356 (Tex.App. - Austin 2006, orig. proceeding).

Obtained summary judgment on behalf of national transportation and logistics services provider in federal race and sex discrimination lawsuit, and successfully argued for affirmation of that ruling before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Obtained bench trial victory on behalf of C-level executive in a multimillion dollar lawsuit by executive’s former employer to claw back stock compensation. Trial victory was preceded by obtaining a complete summary judgment ruling on the former employer’s breach of contract claims against client.

As in-house counsel, managed and oversaw federal jury trial victory in gender and age discrimination lawsuit filed against client by former executive.

Obtained summary judgment on behalf of national retail chain in federal race discrimination and workers’ compensation retaliation lawsuit.

Speaker, "How to Make an Investigation Privileged and How to Bust It," Texas Bar Advanced Employment Law CLE, January 2017
Speaker, "American Policy in the Middle East in the Age of Trump," Capital City Village, November 2016
Speaker, "Staffing Trends (Baby Boomers and Today’s SC) – What it Means for Your Business," CLDA Fall Forum, September 2016
Panelist, "Texas Anti-Discrimination Ordinances & Applying Austin’s Ordinance," Austin LGBT Bar Association CLE, January 2016
Speaker, "ISIS: Radicalism and its Roots," National Charity League, November 2015
Panelist, 2015 Q1 Hot Topics in Labor and Employment Law: Breakfast Briefing, April 2015
Panelist, "In-House Perspectives," South Texas College of Law Employment Law Conference, July 2014
Panelist, "Good Witness, Bad Witness: The Miniseries," South Texas College of Law Employment Law Conference, July 2014
Speaker, "The Growing Use of Unpaid Interns," University of Texas Labor and Employment Law Conference, May 2014
Speaker, "The Middle East in 2014: Roots of Terror and Paths to Peace," Austin Lawyers' Auxiliary, Austin Woman's Club, March 2014
Panelist, "Managing the Suing Employee," South Texas College of Law Employment Law Conference, July 2013
Moderator, "Ethics for In-House Counsel," South Texas College of Law In-House Counsel Conference, July 2013
Panelist, "Cutting Edge Ethics Issues: Ethics Lines and Audit Committee Reporting," South Texas College of Law In-House Counsel Conference, July 2012