J. Joseph Vale

J. Joseph Vale

McAllen, Texas
Phone 956-632-8221
Fax 956-686-6109
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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.

Joseph was born in Arlington, Texas, but he grew up in the Rio Grande Valley and 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. 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 Court for the Southern District of Texas.

Joseph is a member and on the board of directors for the Hidalgo County Young Lawyers Association. He is also a member of the Hidalgo County Bar Association and its appellate law section, the State Bar of Texas’s appellate and litigation sections, and the Bar Association of the Federal Fifth Circuit.

Joseph also volunteers for Hidalgo County’s Lawyers for Literacy and is a graduate of Leadership McAllen (Class XXXVI). He has also written and given presentations on topics for continuing legal education.

Areas of Practice:
Civil Appeals (Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization)
Civil Appeals
General Civil Litigation
Bar Admissions:
Texas, 2012
Fifth Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, 2014
Baylor University School of Law, Waco, Texas, April 2012, Juris Doctor
Honors: Cum Laude
Honors: William J. Boswell Memorial Award for “High A” in Torts I Honors: Texas Trial Lawyers Association Award for Consumer Protection Article
Honors: Dean’s List (5 Quarters)
Law Review: Baylor Law Review Volume 62, Associate Editor Law Review: Baylor Law Review Volume 63, Technical Editor
Law Review: Baylor Law Review Volumes 63–64, Senior Technical Editor
Baylor University, Waco, Texas, May 2009, Bachelor of Arts
Honors: Magna Cum Laude Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
Honors: Dean’s List (5 Semesters) Honors: Honors Scholar with Distinction
Honors: “Outstanding” Rating on Honors Thesis (Top 5% of Honors Program)
Major: Political Science
Minor: Philosophy
Articles and Publications:
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).

Case Law Update, 2014 Probate, Trust & Guardianship Law Course, Edinburg, Texas

Avoiding Malpractice in PI Cases and Multiple Representation, 30th Annual Advanced Personal Injury Law Course, 2014, Dallas, Texas (co-authored with Sofia A. Ramon)

Hospital Liens, Soaking Up Some CLE: A South Texas Litigation Seminar, 2015, South Padre Island, Texas

Compulsory Medical Examinations, IADC Defense Counsel Training Manual (3d ed.) (2016) (co-authored with Michael Rodriguez of Atlas, Hall & Rodriguez, LLP)

Professional Associations and Memberships:
Hidalgo County Bar Association, Member
Hidalgo County Young Lawyers Association, Member/Director
Hidalgo County Bar Association, Appellate Law Section, Member
Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit, Member
Leadership McAllen, Class XXXVI
Past Employment Positions:
Walker & Twenhafel, LLP, McAllen, Texas (clerk)
Jones, Galligan, Key, & Lozano LLP, Weslaco, Texas (clerk)
Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid, Edinburg, Texas (clerk)
Birth Information:
December 19, 1986, Arlington, Texas, United States of America