Joe Lea has been a trial lawyer for more than 40 years. He represents both plaintiffs and defendants in complex civil litigation at all levels of state, federal and appellate courts. He has extensive experience in matters involving business and commercial disputes, employment, insurance, landlord/tenant disputes, personal injury, professional liability, construction, securities and environmental issues. Since 1991, Joe has served as an arbitrator in complex commercial and employment disputes, including service through the American Arbitration Association. Joe has been selected to the Texas Super Lawyers list, a Thomson Reuters service, (2005-2015).

Complex Business Litigation

Joe’s litigation experience is extensive. He has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal court, from trial through appeals. His work has spanned numerous areas, including business litigation, employment, personal injury, construction, employment, insurance, landlord/tenant disputes, professional liability, real estate, securities, commercial and environmental issues.

Joe’s past work includes:

  • Serving as lead trial counsel to Fortune 500 companies in defense of product liability litigation.
  • Representing the plaintiff in a medical malpractice lawsuit.
  • Representing a publicly traded international semiconductor company in antitrust litigation.
  • Representing an electric cooperative in one of the first cases involving electricity deregulation in Texas.
  • Serving as Texas counsel for the fastest-growing home security system company in the U.S.

Alternative Dispute Resolution

As a litigator, Joe has participated in numerous mediations and arbitrations. He represented an international electric power supplier in arbitration and litigation involving a multi-million dollar purchase agreement. In addition to representing clients in dispute resolution proceedings, he has served as both a mediator and arbitrator since 1991. Joe has experience resolving contract, consumer, employment, personal injury and construction disputes.

Landlord & Tenant Law

Joe has years of experience representing landlords and tenants in commercial matters. He has assisted residential tenants with their claims against apartment complexes and residential landlords. He has also helped commercial landlords pursue claims against tenants for breach of lease, property damages and unpaid rent. Joe serves as regional counsel on litigation matters for the largest international commercial warehouse Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT).

Eminent Domain & Condemnation Law

Joe’s experience in this area includes negotiations with the Texas Department of Transportation, as well as valuation of property and trials to special Commissioner Courts and county courts in Texas.  He also represented Texas’ largest ranching entity in condemnation and property matters.

Joe currently represents the nation’s largest self-storage company on condemnation matters throughout the state of Texas.

Insurance Litigation 

Joe represents policy holders in the prosecution and defense of coverage disputes and lawsuits across Texas. He has represented an international chemical company in a lawsuit against its insurance carriers, regarding environmental coverage on its Texas facilities.

  • Texas Super Lawyers list, a Thomson Reuters service, Business Litigation (2005-2015)

  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • American Bar Association (House of Delegates 1978-80): Litigation and Employment Law Sections
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Life Fellow
  • State Bar of Texas (Director 1975-77)
  • American Arbitration Association (Panel of Arbitrators)
  • Center for Dispute Resolution (Panel of Arbitrators)
  • Caritas of Austin (Board of Directors 2007–present, President of the Board 2012–2013)
  • Texans for the Arts (Board of Directors 2008–2012)
  • Texas Legal Protection Plan, Inc. (Officer/Director 1980)
  • Texas Young Lawyers Association (President 1976)
  • El Paso Young Lawyers Association (President 1972, Outstanding Young Lawyer 1971)
  • Arts and Humanities Commissioner, Texas (1976-78)