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J. Joseph Vale

  • Joseph’s Biography

    Joseph Vale is a partner with Atlas, Hall & Rodriguez, LLP, and began working with the firm in September 2012 shortly after taking the bar exam.

    He is board certified in civil appellate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and he handles the firm’s appeals as well as providing trial and other litigation support. Joseph has represented clients in appeals and mandamus proceedings involving a broad array of legal issues in state and federal appellate courts. He successfully served as lead appellate counsel and presented oral argument in the Texas Supreme Court for the defendant-petitioner in Mo-Vac Serv. Co. v. Escobedo, 603 S.W.3d 119 (Tex. 2020).

    Joseph was born in Arlington, Texas, but he grew up in the Rio Grande Valley, spending kindergarten through high school at Sharyland I.S.D. His family has deep roots in the region. In 2009, Joseph graduated magna cum laude from Baylor University with a bachelor of arts in political science and a minor in philosophy. Joseph is also a graduate of the Baylor Honors Program and is a fifth generation Baylor graduate. In 2012, Joseph graduated cum laude from the Baylor Law School where he published a law review article (Not More than Dicta? Whether the DTPA’s Additional Damages Can Quadruple Economic and Mental Anguish Damages Under Tony Gullo Motors I, L.P. v. Chapa, 63 Baylor L. Rev. 934 (2011)) and served as Senior Technical Editor for the Baylor Law Review. Joseph is licensed to practice law in the State of Texas, in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and in the United States District Courts for the Southern and Western Districts of Texas.

    Joseph serves his local and state bar associations in several capacities. On the Hidalgo County Young Lawyers Association, he is a member and has been on the board of directors since 2014. He has served on the Hidalgo County Bar Association’s board of directors since 2019 and is the co-chair of its Appellate Section. With the State Bar of Texas, Joseph is a member of its Appellate, Litigation, and Hispanic Issues Sections. He is co-chairing the State Bar Appellate Section’s Diversity Committee for the 2020-2021 term. He is also a member of the Bar Association of the Federal Fifth Circuit.

    Joseph is also a founding member of the Hidalgo County Lawyers for Literacy program where he volunteers. He also graduated from Leadership McAllen (Class XXXVI) in 2017 and is a member of Leadership State Bar’s 2020–2021 class. He frequently writes and gives presentations on topics for continuing legal education.

  • Bar Admissions

    • Texas (2012)
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (2014)
    • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas (2018)
    • United States District Court for the Western District of Texas (2019)
  • Education

    • Baylor University, Waco, Texas, Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude and Graduate of the Honors Program (2009)
    • Baylor Law School, Cum Laude (2012)
  • Legal Specializations

    • AV Martindale Hubbell Preeminent Rating
    • Appellate Law
    • Litigation
    • Complex Commercial Litigation
    • Will Contests
  • Honors and Awards

    • 2012, Texas Trial Lawyers Association Award for Consumer Protection Article
    • 2010–2012, member of Baylor Law Review, Senior Technical Editor from 2011–2012
    • 2011, published Not More than Dicta? Whether the DTPA’s Additional Damages Can Quadruple Economic and Mental Anguish Damages Under Tony Gullo Motors I, L.P. v. Chapa, 63 Baylor L. Rev. 934
    • 2009, William J. Boswell Memorial Award for “High A” in Torts 1
    • 2009, Phi Beta Kappa member
    • 2009, “Outstanding” rating on Honors Thesis (Top 5% of Honors Program)
    • 2009, Honors Scholar with Distinction
  • Professional Associations & Memberships

    • Hidalgo County Bar Association, Member and Director
      Appellate Law Section Co-Chair
    • Hidalgo County Young Lawyers Association, Member and Director
    • Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit, Member
    • State Bar of Texas, Appellate, Litigation, and Hispanic Issues Sections, Member
      Appellate Section’s Diversity Committee Co-Chair (2020–2021)
    • Leadership McAllen, Class XXXVI (2016–2017)
    • Leadership State Bar (2020–2021)
  • Community Involvement

    • Lawyers for Literacy, volunteer and founding member
    • Writes and presents continuing legal education articles
  • Articles and Presentaions

    • Common Problem Areas in Civil Appeals: Adventures in Keeping Appeals on Track and Derailing Others, Appeals from the Rio Grande Valley: A State Bar Civil and Criminal Appellate CLE Interactive Webinar (2020)
    • Appellate Issues in Estate Administration, Hidalgo County Bar Association and Corpus Christi Bar Association Appellate Sections, McAllen and Corpus Christi, Texas (2018)
    • Compulsory Medical Examinations, IADC Defense Counsel Training Manual (2016) (co-authored)
    • Hospital Liens, Soaking Up Some CLE: A South Texas Litigation Seminar, South Padre Island, Texas (2015) (co-authored)
    • Avoiding Malpractice Pitfalls Representing Multiple Clients, Advanced Personal Injury Law Course, Dallas, Texas (2014) (co-authored)
    • Case Law Update, Probate, Trust & Guardianship Law Course, Edinburg Texas (2014)
  • Languages

    • Spanish