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.
AREAS OF PRACTICE:
- Employment Law
- Tax Controversies and Litigation
- Civil Litigation
- State Bar of Texas
- United States District Court Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western District of Texas
- United States Bankruptcy Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas
- United States Tax Court
- United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Baylor University School of Law, Waco, Texas
- Juris Doctor (With Highest Honors)
- Law Review Technical Editor
- Order of Barristers
University of North Texas
- Bachelor of Science (With High Honors)
- Major: Accounting Control Systems
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS:
- 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)
EMPLOYMENT AND EXPERIENCE:
- 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
- Honorable Terry R. Means, United States District Judge for the Northern District of Texas, Law Clerk
- Honorable Priscilla R. Owen, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, Intern
- Internal Revenue Services, Revenue Agent Intern