Joe is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and has over fifteen years 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, including developing and delivering sexual harassment training. 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.
Obtained defense verdict as first-chair counsel in jury trial on behalf of communication consultant sued for breach of nonsolicitation agreement and various tort claims. Also prevailed at summary judgment on client’s counterclaim against plaintiff for misappropriation/invasion of privacy.
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 summary judgment on behalf of global design and engineering firm in breach of contract case brought by client’s former senior executive to recover alleged unpaid merger proceeds.
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.
Austin Bar Association
Leadership Austin, Essential Class of 2014
Board of Directors, American YouthWorks
Lawyers for Literacy Advisory Board, Literacy First
Advisory Board, MADD Texas
Film & Food Fundraising Party Committee, Austin Film Festival
Vice Chair, Dallas Bar Association Law Day Committee, 2008-2011
Planning Committee, Texas Bar CLE Advanced Employment Law Course, 2017
Member, Defense Council, Truman National Security Project, 2019