Joseph W. Varela
Houston Criminal Defense And Appeals

Joseph W. Varela

Joseph W. Varela

Sole Practitioner
Houston, Texas

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Law

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Board Certified, Criminal Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1983
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1984
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 1984
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1998


  • The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas
    • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence - 1983
  • University of Houston, Houston, Texas
    • B.A. cum laude - May, 1980
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Major: Political Science


  • Adjunct Instructor, Houston Community College (US & Texas Government), 1993-1995, 2008 - Present
  • Faculty, Texas Municpal Courts Education Center, 1996 - 2003
  • Faculty, Houston Bar Association Criminal Practice Seminar, 1996 - 1998
  • Faculty, Defender Advocacy Workshop, South Texas College of Law, 1997 - Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association, Board Member, 1989-1990, 1995-1999
  • Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association, Member, 1984 - Present
  • Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Rules Advisory Committee

Past Employment Positions

  • City of Houston Municipal Court, Associate Judge, 1995 - 2003
  • Harris County, Special Prosecutor

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