For 90 years, McGinnis Lochridge has served to protect the interests of our clients in continuously changing landscapes including cutting-edge technology, oil and gas litigation, regulatory matters and more. The quality of our work is reflected in our clients’ long-lasting loyalty and in our top-tier external rankings.
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).
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:
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.
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).
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.
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.