Joseph A. Turner

Admitted: 1977, Texas; also admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, and the U.S. District Court, Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas

Law School: University of Texas at Austin, J.D. 1977

College: Sam Houston State University, B.A., Criminology, summa cum laude, 1974

Member: State Bar of Texas; Austin Bar Association; Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association; National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Biography: Lecturer at Law, University of Texas School of Law, 1989. Former: Assistant Travis County Attorney; Assistant Travis County District Attorney; Assistant U.S. Attorney. Certified Criminal Law Specialist by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Texas Super Lawyer in Criminal Defense 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008.

Born: Spokane, Washington, September 24, 1954

Joe Turner graduated summa cum laude from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, where he majored in criminology. During undergraduate school, he worked as a correctional officer in the state prison. He graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in 1977 at the age of 22. He was Chief of the Trial Section for the Travis County Attorney's Office. As an Assistant District Attorney, he was Chief of the Special Crimes Division. He later became an Assistant United States Attorney. He has been a criminal defense lawyer in Austin, Texas since 1982. He has been board-certified in criminal law since 1983, and is a member of both the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He is primarily known for his "two word" verdicts in his many murder trials. As a criminal defense attorney for the past 30 years, he has represented a long list of celebrities and musicians, including Willie Nelson and Matthey McConnaughey.

Our Support Staff


Peter Turner

Peter has been with the firm for over 17 years and works as the firm's accounting manager. He received a BBA in accounting in 1982, graduating with honors from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to joining the firm, Peter worked in the tax department of Peat Marwick Mitchell and as an auditor with the Defense Contract Audit Agency. Peter has also been teaching country dance lessons for over 15 years, having been featured on the Discovery Channel, Travel Channel, and Food Network. He currently teaches at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas.

Nicole Taggart

Nicole has been with the firm since 2009 and works as the office manager and paralegal to Joe Turner and Joan Marron. Nicole has a Bachelor's Degree in criminal justice from Texas State University, with a minor in psychology, and she has a paralegal certification from the University of Houston.

Jose Morales

Jose Morales keeps the office operating smoothly. He is a jack-of-all-trades.  Jose has worked with the firm for over 20 years and is vital to the firm's continued success.

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