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Joseph Marrs

email: jmarrs@jmehlaw.com
phone: (713) 609-9503
fax: (713) 583-5825
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Joe Marrs has cultivated a depth of experience in many areas of commercial litigation, representing Fortune 100 clients as well as individuals in business and tort disputes, trust and will contests, disputes involving fiduciaries, and probate procedure. He has tried multiple cases to jury verdict as lead counsel, represented clients in arbitration and bench trials throughout Texas, and has won many types of cases for his clients.

Mr. Marrs was rated “AV-Preeminent” in 2012 by Martindale-Hubbell, a peer-review system that evaluates an attorney’s ethical and professional standards. In 2016 Mr. Marrs was named a “Super Lawyer” in Texas Monthly’s magazine and has been named as one Houston’s top lawyers in commercial litigation by H-Magazine.

Mr. Marrs is admitted to practice in the United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas. He is a member of the Probate section of the Houston Bar Association and is a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. He served on the board of directors for the Estate Planning and Probate section of the Austin Bar Association from 2011-2012.

Mr. Marrs graduated with high honors from the University of Texas with a B.A. in Plan II Honors and Latin. He returned to the University of Texas for law school, where he served as a member of the Texas Law Review’s editorial board. After earning his J.D., Mr. Marrs served as law clerk to the Honorable Guy Herman in the Travis County Probate Court Number One.

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Education

B.A., Plan II and Latin, with high honors, University of Texas at Austin, 1998.

J.D., The University of Texas School of Law, 2002.

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

& PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

“Remedies for Mismanagement of Trust Assets,” 9th Annual Damages in Civil Litigation, Feb. 16-17, 2017, Houston, Texas.

 “How Not to Invest in a Trust: Pitfalls for Trustees and Brokers,” Bank of Texas and BOK, lunch series for CFP credit, Financial, Jan. 28, 2016.

“Avoiding Liability for Investing Trust Accounts: Trustees, FINRA, and Broker Liability,” Attorneys in Tax and Probate, Sept. 1, 2015.

“Playing the Probate Card: A Plaintiff’s Guide to Transfer to Statutory Probate Court,” 36 St. Mary’s L.J. 99 (2004).

“Wills: What Will You Do?,” Austin Chronicle, Apr. 7, 2004.

“Intestacy: No Will, Several Ways,” Austin Chronicle, May 30, 2004.

“Temporary Guardianships: When Are They Appropriate?” (coauthor), Guardianship Course 2003, Mar. 13, 2003, Dallas, Texas.

 

 

Wellness Wireless, Inc. v. Infopia America LLC,

No. 4:12-CV-02856, In the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas: 

JMEH, with Joe Marrs as lead counsel, successfully defended a healthcare technology firm against the plaintiff’s claim of breach of contract. After a jury trial, the court found the plaintiff’s claim to be baseless and granted a take-nothing judgment in favor of JMEH’s client.


Burks v. XL Specialty Ins.

No. 14-14-00740, 2015 WL 5436884 (Tex. App. Houston [14th Dist] Sept. 15, 2015, no pet. h.)

Chris Johns, Joe Marrs, and Zev Kusin co-authored the winning brief in an appeal in which the Fourteenth Court of Appeals reversed summary judgment in favor of an insurance company that refused to indemnify a CFO’s defense costs.

News coverage here.


J.P.V., et al. v. R.W.D.,

No. C-1-PB-13-001133; in the Probate Court No. 1 of Travis County, Texas (2015):

The firm, with Joe Marrs as lead counsel, represented trust beneficiaries against their former trustee for breach of fiduciary duty.


D.L.B., et al. v. T. Corp., et al.,

Case No. 30-2012-00578962-CU-NP-CJC, in the Superior Court of Orange County, California (2014):

The firm, with Joe Marrs as lead counsel, represented minority shareholders in claims against the president and majority shareholder of a closely held corporation. After two years’ of litigation in California and Colorado state courts, JMEH’s clients recovered $1.2 million in cash and real estate ($800,000 net of attorneys’ fees).

__________ v. __________ [details confidential by agreement] (2012):
Represented a business owner making DTPA and Insurance Code claims against an agency and an insurance carrier for misrepresenting property coverage. All claims were resolved shortly before trial for $500,000, netting the client $300,000.


In re G.A.L. Living Trust,

No.D-1-GN-001084, In the 98th District Court, Travis County, Texas; No. C-1-PB-10-001106, In Probate Court No. 1 of Travis County, Texas; AAA Case No. 70 101 Y 00553 10 (2012):

Successfully tried a trust dispute concerning the management of an inter vivos revocable trust, with the three-member arbitration panel finding that the trustee had breached the trust and her fiduciary duty to Mr. Marrs’s client, ordering disgorgement and damages to the trust and Mr. Marrs’s client and attorneys’ fees to his client. The arbitrators denied any relief to the opposing-party trustee.


Estate of F.E.M.,

No. C-1-PB-10-000626, In Probate Court No. 1 of Travis County, Texas (2011):

Obtained summary judgment for children defending their father’s will and real estate in a will contest and partnership dispute.


Estate of M.A.R.,

In Probate Court No. 2 of Harris County, Texas (2010):

Represented the decendent’s children, who brought claims for breach of contract and tortious interference for the wrongful transfer of real and personal property from the decedent’s estate, obtaining a settlement shortly after suit was filed.


C.J.K. and Four Minor Plaintiffs v. R.F. and C.N.,

No. D-1-GN-10-002656, In the 201st District Court, Travis County, Texas (2010):

Obtained a policy-limits settlement in a wrongful-death action for the children of an accident victim.


State Farm Life Insurance Co. v. M.D.,

No. 09-CA-224 LY, In the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas; Estate of C.K., No. C-1-PB-09-089882, In Probate Court No. 1 of Travis County, Texas (2009):

Represented a surviving wife, who was not a named beneficiary of her deceased husband’s will, obtaining a share of a life-insurance policy, spousal allowance, and estate assets in kind, with the client’s total net recovery totaling $125,000 cash plus the value of the estate assets in kind.


Manor v. Grady,

No. C-1-PB-07-016035, In Probate Court No. 1 of Travis County, Texas (2008):

Obtained summary judgment setting aside a $70,000 wrongful lien for the heirs of a deceased victim of a reverse-mortgage scam and then obtained a judgment for his clients of $50,000 for attorneys’ fees, costs of administration, and punitive damages.


First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Galveston v. C.M.,

No. 84,892-A, In Probate Court No. 1 of Travis County, Texas (2007):

Represented defendant caretaker in a case alleging breach of fiduciary duty and seeking over $1.4 million in damages arising from inter vivos transfers. The case resolved pretrial on terms favorable to the client.


Academy Ltd. v. McKeand,

In the 234th District Court, Harris County, Texas (2006):

Represented a major sporting-goods retailer in a product-liability lawsuit, which alleged injury to a child but was dismissed without consideration before trial.


Binkley v. Binkley II,

No. 360,899, In Probate Court No. 1 of Harris County, Texas (2006):

As lead counsel in a bench trial, won a judgment for his executor client.


Binkley v. Binkley I,

No. 360,899, In Probate Court No. 1 of Harris County, Texas (2006):

Tried a $2-million estate contest to a jury as lead counsel, obtaining a verdict upholding the will and awarding $80,000 in attorney’s fees for his client.


Republic Waste Services v. Pyle,

In Harris County Court at Law No. 1 (2005):

Tried a commercial breach-of-contract case to a jury, which awarded a take-nothing verdict in favor of his client and found in his client’s favor on its DTPA counterclaims.


Tejas Yellow Rose v. 2nd Baptist,

In Harris County Court at Law No. 1 (2005):

Served as lead counsel for a corporate defendant in a breach-of-contract claim by a plaintiff attempting to collect on fraudulent accounts receivable, obtaining summary judgment for the client.


Estate of W. H. Bruyere,

In Probate Court No. 2 of Harris County, Texas (2005):

Represented children of testator in prosecuting a will contest and breach-of-fiduciary claims involving $1.5 million in assets.

Mr. Marrs frequently represents plaintiffs and defendants in temporary injunction proceedings in district courts and temporary-administration proceedings in probate courts.