Joe Rivera
Naman, Howell, Smith & Lee, PLLC

Joe's practice is devoted to civil litigation, with a focus on business litigation, employment matters, and tax litigation and controversies. Joe's training and experience fosters his representation of clients in these areas.

While earning his degree in accounting, Joe trained as a revenue agent with the Internal Revenue Service. This experience gave Joe an understanding of investigation and enforcement procedures by a government agency, which Joe applies in representing clients in dealing with government agencies such as the Department of Labor, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the Texas Workforce Commission. This experience is especially helpful to Joe's efforts on behalf of taxpayers in dealing with government agencies. Joe has represented clients in proceedings involving the Internal Revenue Service, Texas Comptroller's Office, and local taxing authorities.

After law school, Joe completed a two-year clerkship with the Honorable Terry R. Means, United States District Judge for the Northern District of Texas. During this clerkship, Joe worked in all areas of the federal practice, with a significant portion of the docket being business litigation and employment matters. This experience gave Joe insight into the workings of a trial court, helping him represent clients in trial and guide clients through the trial process.

Joe also represents clients in appellate matters. During law school, Joe interned with the Honorable Priscilla R. Owen, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Joe has briefed and argued cases before Texas appellate courts and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

In addition to his work at Naman Howell, Joe teaches as an adjunct professor at Baylor University School of Law, teaching in the classroom and coaching some of the school's mock trial teams, including the American Bar Association Labor Law team. Joe has presented employment-law topics at various professional education events, and has provided anti-discrimination and anti-harassment training to firm clients.


Employment Law
Tax Controversies and Litigation
Civil Litigation


Texas, 2008
U.S. District Court Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western District of Texas
U.S. Bankruptcy Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas
U.S. Tax Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit


Baylor University School of Law, Waco, Texas
J.D. (Summa Cum Laude) - 2008
Law Review Technical Editor
Order of Barristers

University of North Texas
Bachelor of Science (Magna Cum Laude)
Major: Accounting Control Systems


Steven J. Willis, Marcus J. Brooks, and Joe Rivera, Transferee Liability: Fifth Circuit’s Opportunity to Stop Injustice, Tax Analysts – Tax Notes Today, 2014 TNT 14-4, (January 22, 2014)
Joe Rivera, NOTE AND COMMENT: Comment: When is Good Faith Good Enough?–The History, Use, and Future of Texas Code of Criminal Procedure Article 38.23(b), Baylor Law Review, 59 Baylor L. Rev. 919 (Fall 2007)


Waco-McLennan County Bar Association
Texas Young Lawyers Association
Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit
Defense Research Institute


Adjunct Professor, Baylor University School of Law
Hon. Terry R. Means, United States District Judge for the Northern District of Texas, Law Clerk
Hon. Priscilla R. Owen, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, Intern
Internal Revenue Services, Revenue Agent Intern


Joe Rivera

Courses Taught
Criminal Law
Post Conviction Procedure: Sentencing
Telephone: 254.755.4100
Fax: 254.754.6331