Joseph M. Schreiber

Joseph M. Schreiber

Attorney
Location:
Houston, Texas
Phone:
281-949-8904
Fax:
281-949-8914
Email:

About Me

As a former jail guard and amateur boxer, I’m not afraid of a fight and I don’t back down. As a former teacher of high school special education – as part of Teach for America – I like to speak in front of people and am good at taking complex ideas and making them understandable to people of a variety of backgrounds and education levels. As a volunteer tutor for inner city kids, I have compassion and patience.

I spent my first decade practicing law working for and being trained by some of the largest and most prestigious law firms in Houston and the United States, including Fulbright & Jaworski, LLP (now Norton Rose Fulbright), Bracewell & Guiliani, LLP, and Vorys Sater Seymour & Pease, LLP.

I wasn’t just sitting in the office billing hours. I tried lawsuits in state and federal court and in front of arbitration panels. I took hundreds of depositions and presented clients, fact and expert witnesses in depositions and at trial. I worked on huge cases with millions of pages of documents and made them easy to understand, and represented individuals and small businesses with the same effort and attention to detail. My experience ranged from product liability litigation, mass torts, business litigation, bankruptcy litigation and construction law, among others. I advised individuals and small businesses as well in the drafting of their contracts and assisted them in negotiations. (representative experience listed below)

In 2014, I left the large law firms and started a boutique law firm serving both individuals and businesses. At Schreiber | Knockaert, PLLC, our motto is Law Done Right. This applies to how we treat our clients and how we practice law. We believe first and foremost that our clients’ interests come first and we are here to serve. We offer the skill and expertise that clients expect of large law firms and provide the personal touch associated with a boutique law practice.

My Experience Working With Erik Knockaert

Erik Knockaert and I have been friends since the first week of law school at the University of Texas, where we both graduated with honors. We worked together in the 2000’s when we were trained as big-firm litigators. Each of us is a capable first-chair attorney with the humility and personal relationship to support each other in all that we do.

Representative Career Business Law Experience Includes:

  • First-chair trial experience in a multi-part business-fraud case in bankruptcy court involving alleged fraudulent transfers between businesses
  • Co-trial counsel in jury trial defending claims of breach of partnership agreement, breach of contract and unjust enrichment
  • Co-trial counsel to three-judge arbitration panel winning valuation dispute involving recycled aggregates, including cross-examining other side’s expert and key fact witnesses and presenting client’s key fact witness and expert at arbitration trial
  • Co-trial counsel to three-judge arbitration panel winning dispute in a post-closing purchase price adjustment in the sale of a construction company, including presenting and cross-examining key witnesses at arbitration trial
  • Trial counsel defeating injunction and forcing dismissal of $11 million business tort claims regarding sale and disputed ownership of real estate
  • Successfully represented trucking company facing loss of DOT operating authority
  • Successfully represented health-care company in enforcement action with State of Texas, maintaining license and significantly decreasing proposed fine
  • Handled multiple construction litigation claims for owners and contractors
  • Set up and organized multiple businesses in diverse business areas Representative Career Personal Injury Experience Includes:
  • Lead trial counsel for truck driver injured in industrial accident, reaching favorable settlement in personal injury arbitration
  • Lead counsel in oxygen-fed fire case against hospice company
  • Lead trial counsel in serious auto and workplace injury claims
  • Handled hundreds of toxic tort claims involving premises liability and products liability
  • Handled claims for injury due to truck accident, tire tread separation

Other litigation

  • Successful representation of male administrative employee sexually harassed by female boss
  • Represent jail officer wrongfully terminated by sheriff after tragic death of prisoner in politically charged case.
  • Represent oilfield employees wrongfully denied overtime in FLSA class-action
  • Represent male employee harassed by male supervisor and defamed by supervisor

Areas of Practice

  • Business and Commercial Law
  • Business Litigation
  • Personal Injury Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of Texas

Education

  • The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas
    • J.D. - May, 2002
    • Honors: With Honors
  • Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota
    • B.A. cum laude - 1997
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Honors: Semester study-abroad in Venice, Italy (4.0 GPA)
    • Major: Anthropology
    • Major: Urban Studies

Honors and Awards

  • AVVO Client Choice Award
  • AVVO rated “Superb” 10 out of 10
  • Houstonia 2015 Top Lawyers in Litigation by Houstonia Magazine
  • Eleven-time “Texas Rising Star,” 2005 – 2015, a Thomson Reuters service, printed in TEXAS MONTHLY magazine

Past Employment Positions

  • Vorys Sater Seymour and Pease, LLP, 2009 - 2013
  • Bracewell & Guiliani, LLP, 2008 - 2009
  • Porter & Hedges, LLP, 2004 - 2007
  • Fulbright & Jaworski, LLP (now Norton Rose Fulbright), 2002 - 2004