Joseph D. Walker

Biography

Joseph Walker is an attorney in the Houston office of Cokinos | Young. His practice focuses primarily on construction law and commercial litigation. Joseph received his J.D. from South Texas College of Law Houston, where he served as Vice President for the Construction Law Society. While in law school, he also served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Delinda Gibbs-Walker of the 1-A District Court.

Education

  • South Texas College of Law Houston – J.D., 2019
  • Harding University – B.B.A. Accounting, 2016
  • Harding University – B.B.A., Business Management, 2016

Recognitions & Distinctions

  • CALI Award for Academic Excellence in Transactional Skills: Real Estate
  • Best Lawyers – Ones to Watch 2022 – 2024: Construction Law and Litigation – Construction
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star 2024

Memberships & Affiliations

  • State Bar of Texas – Construction Law Section

Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas
  • United States District Court: Southern District of Texas

Alfredo E. Montelongo

Biography

Alfredo Montelongo is an attorney in the Houston office of Cokinos | Young. His practice focuses primarily on construction law and commercial litigation. Alfredo Montelongo received his J.D. from Stanford Law School, where he served on the Civil Rights Civil Liberties Journal and worked in the Immigrants’ Rights Clinic.

Education

  • Stanford Law School – J.D., 2015
  • Harvard University – B.A. English 2011

Recognitions & Distinctions

  • Best Lawyers – Ones to Watch 2023: Litigation – Construction
  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars 2024

Representative Experience

  • Obtained a favorable defense verdict after a two-week bench trial for a mid-stream energy company over multiple competing claims for breach of contract (including contractor’s allegations of fraud and negligent misrepresentations) related to the construction of a 713-mile pipeline in Ohio.

Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas

Philip M. Kinkaid

Biography

For over 30 years, Philip has helped clients structure, negotiate and close real estate and business transactions.

Philip’s real estate practice has primarily focused on acquisitions and divestitures of commercial and industrial real property, leasing transactions (including ground leases and sale-leasebacks), and development projects.  He has assisted clients with many types of real estate, including multifamily properties, shopping centers, office buildings, industrial facilities, ranches, university and municipal properties, and timberland and other unimproved land.

Philip has also represented clients in a broad variety of other business transactions.  In private M&A transactions, he has represented private-equity clients in platform and add-on acquisitions, as well as strategic buyers seeking to enhance their industry position; he has also represented the owners of numerous companies being sold.  He has helped structure and form a wide variety of joint ventures, including for construction projects, energy ventures, and major infrastructure developments.  Philip has significant experience in the use of limited liability companies, S corporations and other business entities, for the formation of start-up companies, the restructuring of existing businesses, and in preparation for generational changes in ownership.

Philip’s clients have included general and specialty contractors, real estate developers, upstream and midstream energy companies, fabricators, distributors, PE funds, investors, professional firms, and non-profits, among many others.  In each case, Philip takes care to ensure his client understands the legal risks and benefits of the transaction.  Many clients are experts in their business but novices in major business transactions.  Clients who have never sold a business before, for example, may be understandably confused by the complex legal and contractual jargon in a typical business-sale agreement.  Philip knows how to translate those terms and concepts into plain English and explain their real-world significance and consequences.  He also helps clients efficiently navigate the transactional process, minimize delays, and best address issues as they arise.

Prior to joining his first firm, Vinson & Elkins, in 1985, Philip served as a judicial law clerk to Hon. Malcolm R. Wilkey of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Education

  • University of Virginia School of Law – J.D., 1984
    – Order of the Coif
    – Articles Development Editor, Virginia Law Review
  • Tulane University – B.A. History, summa cum laude,1981

Recognitions & Distinctions

  • AV rated by Martindale Hubbell Peer Review rating, the highest rating possible
  • Best Lawyers in America 2023, 2024: Real Estate Law

Representative Experience

Real Estate Transactions

  • Represented multifamily property developer in separate sales of three Houston-area apartment complexes and acquisition of tract for future multifamily development.
  • Represented alumni association in ground leases in heart of Texas A&M University campus for development of new park and alumni facility.
  • Represented golf course developer in ground lease and economic development agreement with City of Baytown, Texas for innovative new golf course.
  • Represented specialty engineering firm in sale-leaseback of headquarters complex and other facilities for $39 million.
  • Represented real estate developer in development of shopping center in Fort Bend County, Texas.
  • Represented global energy company with respect to brownfield redevelopments of legacy industrial sites.

Business Transactions

  • Represented major commercial and residential waste collection business in Central Texas in sale of its assets.
  • Represented distributor of specialty industrial products in its equity acquisition of another such company, for $22 million, and in acquisitions of four smaller companies.
  • Represented private equity fund in its platform acquisition of the equity of a national specialty contractor for $32 million.
  • Represented light-industrial products and services company in its asset acquisition of a distributor of such products for $19 million.
  • Represented specialized services company in its equity sale to a non-U.S. buyer for $19 million.
  • Represented a provider of specialized retail services in its equity acquisition of a marketing company for $22 million.
  • Represented private company in contribution of its Eagle Ford shale energy properties in central Texas to joint venture with major institutional investor, in $300 million transaction.
  • Represented major pipeline company in consortium’s development of a cross-border natural gas pipeline from offshore Nova Scotia to Boston area.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • State Bar of Texas:  Business Law Section; Real Estate, Probate, & Trust Law Section
  • Houston Bar Association:  Mergers & Acquisitions Section; Real Estate Section
  • American Bar Association:  Business Law Section

Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas (1985)

Blake E. Jones

Biography

Blake Jones is an attorney in Cokinos | Young’s Houston Office. Blake’s practice is primarily focused on construction law and commercial litigation, and his experience covers a variety of disputes involving breach of contract, differing site conditions, mechanic’s and materialman’s liens, and construction defects.

Blake received his J.D. from Baylor Law School, where he competed as an advocate in the Emory Civil Rights and Liberties moot court competition and won an award for the Top 3 Appellate Briefs. Blake additionally served as Baylor Law Student Ambassador, a member of the Baylor Business Law Society, and a Barrister in Baylor Law’s intra-school moot court competitions. As an undergraduate at The University of Texas at Austin, Blake majored in Energy Finance and earned a Certificate of Energy Management from the McCombs School of Business.

Education

  • Baylor Law School – J.D., 2020
  • University of Texas at Austin – B.A. Energy Finance, 2017

Recognitions & Distinctions

  • Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch 2024- Commercial Litigation and Construction Law

Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas

James S. Richards

Biography

James Richards is a problem solver who serves as a trusted and experienced advocate and advisor for his clients with a focus on construction law and commercial litigation. James is Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Construction Law and is a go-to lawyer for large complex disputes.

James has represented individuals and corporations in a variety of matters ranging from defective construction, to business disputes, to real estate, to director and officer liability. His trial experience includes jury trials, bench trials, and arbitrations. Additionally, James has significant experience representing property owners associations, contractors, developers, energy companies, and business owners throughout the State of Texas. James has been selected to the Texas Rising Stars list each year from 2018 through 2024 and was named to the Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch list for 2021 and 2022. James is also an active mediator, Member in the State Bar College, and serves as a Texas Bar Foundation Fellow.

James received his B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin with highest honors (summa cum laude) and his J.D. from SMU Dedman School of Law, cum laude. While in law school, he was nominated for the Judge John Kennedy Scholarship for Outstanding Contribution to the Law School, served as a Law Review Articles Editor, and was an active participant in the Legal Clinic Program. Through his work in the clinic program, James tried a case in Dallas County Court at Law to a jury verdict while still in law school.

Education

  • Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law – J.D., cum laude, 2011
  • University of Texas at Austin – B.A., Highest Honors (summa cum laude), 2008

Recognitions & Distinctions

  • Super Lawyers Texas Rising Stars: 2018 – 2024
  • Best Lawyers – Ones to Watch 2021 – 2022: Commercial Litigation, Construction Law & Construction Litigation
  • Houstonia: Houston’s Top Lawyers, 2021-2022
  • Board Certified in Construction Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Representative Experience

Litigation

  • Significant experience handling complex commercial and industrial construction matters including productivity claims, delay claims, defective work claims, and payment disputes
  • Represented high-rise condominium community and obtained successful settlement in dispute regarding construction defects resulting in water intrusion via the stucco, windows, and balconies
  • Trial on fraudulent conveyance of real estate resulting in successful verdict for client including the award of attorney’s fees
  • Represented clients in international and domestic arbitrations including under the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
  • Obtained summary judgment finding for client in large multi-party dispute regarding roofing products, warranty claims, installation, and oversight
  • Represented independent energy company in dispute regarding rights pursuant to master services contract
  • Obtained summary judgment finding for communications company in matter regarding the installation of network cabling infrastructure on a government project
  • Advised large hotel in dispute regarding services due under master maintenance agreement
  • Successful resolution via out of court settlement to fraudulent lien matter
  • Represented large multi-state contractor in construction arbitration with subcontractor regarding a delay claim and change order dispute
  • Successfully secured recovery for a client on a prior judgment through garnishment process
  • Obtained summary judgment for client in DTPA and breach of fiduciary duty matter
  • Successfully handled numerous matters for design professionals (architects and engineers)
  • Secured temporary restraining order(s), temporary injunction(s), and permanent injunction(s) for multiple clients
  • Prepared and successfully argued numerous trial and pre-trial motions on behalf of clients and seen numerous cases through resolution, including both via trial, arbitration, and alternate dispute resolution methods

Contractual Agreements/Insurance

  • Negotiated and revised AIA agreements for services on numerous projects
  • Drafted Professional Services Agreement on behalf of engineering and surveying firm including schedule of fees and entitlement to lump sum, scope of services, and all related exhibits
  • Negotiated and incorporated performance bond, indemnity, and liquidated damage obligations into construction contracts
  • Drafted and prepared contracts for the construction of large multi-family apartment complexes including applicable provisions on schedule, progress payments, insurance, indemnification, and warranties
  • Drafted numerous contractual provisions on requisite insurance coverage requirements including as to additional insured status and limitations of coverage
  • Advised clients on coverage positions including under depleting policies, claims made policies, professional liability policies, and as to applicable exclusions

Additional Construction & Real Estate

  • Prepared and advised clients on variety of lien related issues including statutory requirements
  • Handled numerous change order related issues to insure compliance with contractual procedures
  • Handled numerous matters involving bond requirements and surety obligations
  • Handled numerous matters involving bids on government projects and the statutory requirements for such bids including as to competitive bidding as governed by Chapter 2269 of the Texas Government Code
  • Advised client on rights to rescind temporary access to intellectual property (for the concept, design, and renderings) in matter regarding the refurbishment of professional sports stadium

Publications

  • “Experts in Construction Law: Won’t You Be My Expert?” Presented at the 37th Annual Construction Law Conference (3/8/24)
  • “Top Cases Every Construction Lawyer Should Know.” Presented at Texas Construction Law Conference Basic Course (12/10/21)
  • “Know Your Rights: Limitations and the Discovery Rule.” Construction News, The Industry’s Newspaper (January 2021)
  • “The Texas Two Step: Protecting the Ability to Collect a Judgment.” TX Construction Law Blog (10/2/2018)
  • “The 2017 Changes to the AIA A201 and Implementation of the New Insurance Exhibit: One Year Later.” Construction Law Journal, Volume 14, Number 2 (Summer 2018)
  • “Limitations and the Discovery Rule: Revisiting Bayou Bend Towers Council of Co-Owners” TX Construction Law Blog (05/31/18)
  • Construction Issues: Be Wary of Patch Jobs, FACETS The Journal of Community Associations Institute (VOL XXXVIII, 2014)
  • Standards of Care in Community Associations: A Survey of State Standards – co-author, CAI PRESS (2013)

Memberships & Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Houston Bar Association, Member
  • Construction Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, Member
  • Community Association Institute (CAI), Contributing Author
  • Houston Building Owners & Managers Association (BOMA), Member
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Contributing Member
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • State Bar College, Member

Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas
  • The United States District Court: Southern, Northern, and Eastern Districts of Texas

Roger D. Townsend

Biography

Roger Townsend is recognized as one of the founders of the practice of civil appellate law in Texas. He has subsequently earned a national reputation, culminating in his election as president of the by-invitation-only American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. Due to the depth and breadth of his experience, Roger is frequently asked to moderate panels of appellate judges at national seminars.

Roger’s diverse, national practice includes virtually every type of civil appeal, ranging from antitrust to zoning and all subjects in between. He is a noted expert in energy, oil and gas, contracts, fraud, and business torts. His experience on the Pennzoil v. Texaco, Exxon Valdez, and South Texas Nuclear Project cases taught him how to handle the “monster” appeal. His four decades of experience have included managing complex litigation and presenting complex legal issues to trial courts. Roger has taught appellate advocacy at law schools, as well as taught legal writing at law firms, and demonstrated oral arguments for the State Bar of Texas as a recognized “Master.” He has written numerous articles, papers, and book chapters, as well as edited two books on appellate practice and advocacy.

Having begun his practice as a trial lawyer with 30 jury verdicts, Roger not only knows his way around the courtroom but also brings his tenacious advocacy to his appellate work. Many of those trials involved construction litigation and architect/engineer malpractice.

Education

  • Harvard Law School – J.D. 1979
  • University of Texas at Arlington – B.A., with highest honors, 1976

Recognition & Distinctions

  • Past President and Fellow, American Academy of Appellate Lawyers
  • Past Chair, Appellate Practice Section, State Bar of Texas 1989-90
  • Past Vice Chair, Appellate Advocacy Committee, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, American Bar Association 1993-95, 2005-06
  • Leading Individual, Appellate Law, Chambers Guide
  • Named Best Lawyers in America Appellate Lawyer of the Year in 2012 and 2017
  • Best Lawyers in America 2006 – 2024: Appellate Practice
  • Texas Super Lawyers since its inception; listed as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Houston, 2019
  • Awarded Certificate of Merit by the State Bar of Texas in 1993 for “his truly outstanding service to the legal profession of Texas”
  • Board certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since its inception in 1987
  • Charter Member, Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit 1987-2023
  • Life Fellow, American, Texas, and Houston Bar Associations

Publications

  • Editor-in-Chief, Texas Appellate Practice Manual (State Bar of Texas 1993).
  • National Editor, Superseding and Staying Judgments: A National Compendium (ABA TIPS 2007)
  • Author, A Defense Lawyer’s Guide to Appellate Practice (DRI 2004)
  • Author, Appellate Practice in Federal and State Courts (Law Journal Press 2011)
  • Author, Texas Practitioner’s Guide to Civil Appeals (ALM 2014).

Memberships & Affiliations

  • American Academy of Appellate Lawyers
    – Past President 2013
    – Fellow since 1997
  • Texas State Bar
    – Appellate Practice Section, Chair (1989-90)
  • Houston Bar Association
    – Appellate Practice Section

Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Courts of Appeals for the Second, Fourth, Fifth, Ninth & Eleventh Circuits
  • United States District Court: Eastern & Southern Districts of Texas

J. Shannon Gatlin

Biography

Shannon Gatlin is the firm’s sole attorney Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Shannon began his legal career as a Briefing Attorney to Justice William J. Boyce of the Texas Fourteenth Court of Appeals in Houston. Shannon has extensive experience briefing cases before state and federal courts at both the trial and appellate levels, including the United States Supreme Court.

Shannon serves as a mediator for labor and employment cases throughout Texas, having recently obtained the designation of Candidate for Credentialed Mediator, Texas Mediator Credentialing Association, and is available to handle mediations statewide via remote means such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams. Shannon also serves as a member of the American Arbitration Association’s Panel of Employment Arbitrators, where he sits as a neutral party and decides employment law disputes between opposing parties who have chosen to arbitrate rather than go to court.

In addition, Shannon has served as a leader of legal writing and motions practice during his career, while also mentoring young attorneys and law clerks. Shannon has built upon his passions for employment law and mentoring attorneys by developing a novel practical skills course focused on drafting and negotiating employment agreements that he teaches as an Adjunct Professor at South Texas College of Law in Houston. Shannon has also written and presented regularly on a wide variety of employment law topics, ranging from best practices in hiring and promotions to dealing with employment issues related to COVID-19 to the intricacies of requests for medical leave and accommodations. Shannon has considerable experience speaking to clients’ workforces, employer groups, government panels, and trade associations nationwide at events and conventions, providing them with practical insights related to employment law issues relevant to them.

Shannon represents clients with labor and employment issues in both government agency actions and in litigation in state and federal courts nationwide. Shannon also plays a significant role in clients’ efforts to prevent lawsuits and to comply with state and federal employment laws. Prior to law school, Shannon spent seven years in the television news industry, working in the capacities of reporter, anchor, and director over the course of his broadcasting career. Shannon is happily married with two children and lives in Fulshear, Texas.

Education

  • Wake Forest University School of Law – J.D., 2008
  • Duke University – B.A., 1998

Recognitions & Distinctions

  • Best Lawyers – Ones to Watch 2022 – 2023: Labor and Employment Law – Management & Litigation – Labor and Employment

Certifications

  • Board Certified, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Labor & Employment Law
  • Candidate for Credentialed Mediator, Texas Mediator Credentialing Association

Speaking Engagements & Presentations

  • “New Protections for Pregnant & Nursing Workers,” 2023 Gulf Coast Symposium on HR Issues (Houston, TX July 12, 2023)
  • “Austin Wage Theft Ordinance Update,” ABC Central Texas Chapter Legal Series (Austin, TX Feb. 9, 2023)
  • “Employment Law Refresher,” AGC Houston webinar, Aug. 11, 2022
  • “How Much Leave is Too Much Leave, Legally Speaking?”, 2021 AGC Construction HR & Training Professionals Conference (St. Louis, MO Oct. 14, 2021)
  • Adjunct Professor for LAW 569 – Employment Agreements: Basics, Drafting, & Negotiation; South Texas College of Law, Fall 2020 (Houston, TX).
  • “Employment Law Refresher,” AGC Houston webinar, Aug. 5, 2021
  • “How Much Leave is Too Much Leave, Legally Speaking?”, 2021 Gulf Coast Symposium on HR Issues (Houston, TX Aug. 4, 2021)
  • Adjunct Professor for LAW 569 – Employment Agreements: Basics, Drafting, & Negotiation; South Texas College of Law, Fall 2020 & Fall 2021 (Houston, TX)
  • “COVID-19 Legal Issues in the Construction Industry” (panel presentation); Second Annual AGC Houston Employment Practices & Safety Committees Joint Conference; Dec. 3, 2020 (Houston, TX).
  • “Back to School & FFCRA Paid Leave,” webinar (co-hosted with M. Wilson Stoker); Aug. 21, 2020.
  • “Drug Testing in the Age of Marijuana & Opioids,” Inaugural AGC Houston Employment Practices & Safety Committees Joint Conference; Oct. 25, 2019 (Houston, TX).
  • “When Should HR Get Legal Involved?”; 2019 Gulf Coast Symposium on HR Issues; May 16, 2019 (Houston, TX).
  • “A Fleet Safety Manager’s Guide to Surviving Fleet Safety-Related Lawsuits,” 2016 Fleet Safety Conference; July 19, 2016 (Schaumberg, IL).
  • “Wage & Overtime Changes You Need to Know: Taking Care of Business and Working Overtime,” Fulshear Area Chamber of Commerce; July 13, 2016 (Fulshear, TX).
  • “Employers’ Law 101: Which Employment Laws Apply to Me?” Cross Creek Ranch Resident Speaker Series; Mar 28, 2015 (Fulshear, TX).
  • “Case Update: Glatt v. Fox Searchlight Pictures, Inc. (S.D.N.Y. June 11, 2013),” Houston Bar Association Labor & Employment Law Section Luncheon; July 8, 2013 (Houston, TX).

Publications

  • “How Law Firms Can Make ‘Telework’ Work,” The Advocate (Vol. 93)
  • “Rebooting Employment Law Compliance Efforts in a COVID-19 World” (co-authored with M. Wilson Stoker), Construction News (June 2020)
  • “Getting Your I-9 House in Order,” Construction News (Oct. 2018)
  • Quoted extensively in Andy Lundin, “How Fleets Should Handle Liability Exposure,” Fleet Financials (Jan.-Feb. 2017)
  • “Even Judges Make Mistakes: What Recent STAA Whistleblower Cases Can Teach Us,” Employment Law 360 (August 8, 2012)

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Candidate for Credentialed Mediator, Texas Mediator Credentialing Association
  • American Arbitration Association, Panel of Employment Arbitrators
  • State Bar of Texas, Labor & Employment Law Section
  • Adjunct Faculty, South Texas College of Law
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • ABC Houston Talent Practices Committee
  • AGC Houston Employment Practices Committee
  • Houston Bar Association Diversity & Inclusion Committee

Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas
  • United States District Court: Northern, Eastern & Southern Districts of Texas
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

Mitchell R. Powell

Biography

Mitchell Powell is a principal in the Houston office of Cokinos | Young. Mitchell’s practice focuses primarily on complex commercial litigation matters and catastrophic claims for a wide range of clients in the construction, oil and gas, electrical, utility, manufacturing, and trucking industries. He develops close working relationships with clients and acquires an in-depth understanding of their business in order to be in the best possible position to protect their interests through implementation of effective legal strategies.

Mitchell is an Associate Editor of The Change Order, a monthly publication reporting on significant cases affecting Construction Law, which is distributed in connection with the State Bar of Texas Construction Law Section.

Mitchell received his J.D., cum laude, from South Texas College of Law Houston, where he served as an Articles Editor for the South Texas Law Review. While in law school, he also served as a judicial intern for the Honorable David R. Jones, Chief Judge, of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas, and the Honorable David Hittner of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas.

Education

  • South Texas College of Law Houston – J.D., cum laude, 2017
  • University of Texas at Austin – B.A. Economics, 2012

Recognitions & Distinctions

  • Named a Rising Star by Texas Super Lawyers 2023-2024
  • Best Lawyers – Ones to Watch 2022 – 2024: Construction Law, Litigation – Construction & Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
  • Best Litigation Article Award – South Texas Law Review

Representative Experience

  • Obtained summary judgment on personal injury and emotional distress claims made against a manufacturer whose product was alleged to have caused a fire, followed by another summary judgment on the Plaintiffs’ remaining damage claims. The summary judgments were affirmed on appeal by the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • State Bar of Texas – Construction Law Section

Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas
  • United States District Court: Eastern, Southern & Western Districts of Texas

T. Marshall Holmes

Biography

Marshall Holmes is a litigation attorney in the Houston office of Cokinos | Young whose practice focuses on complex matters including premises liability matters, contract disputes, personal injury and wrongful death claims, and construction defect claims.  While he primarily defends businesses in these issues, he has represented employers and employees alike in liability matters and other course and scope issues related to potential employee negligence.  Clients value Marshall’s confidence and competitive nature.  His innate tenacity and purposeful advocacy leads to effective resolutions for his clients, whether that means going to trial or procuring an agreeable settlement.

After graduating cum laude from Texas Christian University, Marshall attended the South Texas College of Law to pursue his passion for “being right” by becoming an attorney.  While there, Marshall was a member of the school’s nationally-recognized advocacy program.  He served on the championship teams in the National Entertainment Moot Law Court Competition and the William B. Spong Moot Court Competition, where he was individually recognized as Best Oral Advocate.  He has also been honored with the South Texas Dean’s Outstanding Advocate Award and is admitted to the National Order of Barristers.

Education

  • South Texas College of Law – J.D., 2013
  • Texas Christin University – B.A. Finance & Real Estate, cum laude, 2010

Recognitions & Distinctions

  • Named a Rising Star by Texas Super Lawyers (2023)
  • Best Oral Advocate, William B. Spong Moot Court Competition (South Texas College of Law)
  • Dean’s Outstanding Advocate Award (South Texas College of Law)

Representative Experience

  • Represented highway contractor in a four day personal injury jury trial with no pre-trial demand and ultimately secured a defense verdict.
  • Successfully defended a Mississippi based construction company in a five day jury trial against a multi-million dollar personal injury suit, ultimately securing a defense verdict.
  • Lead counsel in securing a directed verdict for a crematorium in a suit for breach of contract
  • Represented nationwide furniture manufacturer on a products liability suit resulting in favorable settlement for client.
  • Secured successful dismissal on behalf of a Louisiana transmission construction company for all direct causes of action in a personal injury suit.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • National Order of the Barristers

Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas
  • United States District Court: Southern District of Texas

Community Involvement

  • Family Legacy Child Sponsorship Program
  • K9 Angels Rescue
  • Nick Finnegan Counseling Center

Joshua J. Woods

Biography

Joshua Woods is a litigation attorney in the Houston office of Cokinos | Young, focusing primarily on complex commercial and industrial construction disputes. Joshua has handled construction disputes involving petrochemical plants, pipelines and compressor stations, multi-family residential construction, high-rise apartments and condominiums, large-scale network infrastructure, utility locating services, and healthcare facilities. Joshua has substantial experience and expertise at managing client’s electronic discovery needs as part of the litigation process.

Joshua graduated cum laude from South Texas College of Law, where he served as the Managing Editor of Currents, the Journal of International Economic Law. Joshua was also a member of the school’s nationally recognized advocacy program. Additionally, he represented South Texas College of Law in Vienna, Austria, and Warsaw, Poland, as part of the international arbitration advocacy program. He was honored for best brief at multiple advocacy tournaments.

Education

  • South Texas College of Law – J.D., cum laude, 2013
  • Texas State University – Master of Arts – Legal Studies, 2010
  • Texas State University – B.P.A., 2007

Recognitions & Distinctions

  • Best Lawyers – Ones to Watch 2023, 2024: Commercial Litigation & Litigation – Construction

Judicial Experience

  • Clerked for Chief Justice Kem Thomson Frost and Justice Tracy Christopher for the 14th Court of Appeals in Houston, Texas.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Texas Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas: Construction Section

Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas
  • United States District Court: Northern, Eastern, Southern & Western Districts of Texas

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. By using our site, you provide your consent.

Read More