Joseph E. Hoffer

Joseph “Joe” Hoffer’s practice areas include: (1) civil litigation; (2) labor and employment; (3) board governance including due process hearings and grievances, open meetings act and public information act; (4) business transactions including public procurement and contracting, False Claims Act, trademark and copyright, and inter-local and shared services arrangements; (5) student law including special education, discipline, civil rights and grievances; and (6) administrative law, including appeals of state agency action.

Education & Honors

Mr. Hoffer attended Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas and Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos receiving his B.A. summa cum laude. He attended St. Mary’s University School of Law, receiving his Juris Doctor. While in law school, Mr. Hoffer served on the Editorial Board of the St. Mary’s Law Journal, serving as Research/Articles Editor his third year and as a staff writer his second year. Mr. Hoffer was on the law school Dean’s List and graduated in the top of his class.

Admissions & Affiliations

Mr. Hoffer is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court and Supreme Court of Texas. He is licensed to practice to the Texas Bar (2006), Arizona Bar and Arkansas Bar (2021) and also admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas. 

Mr. Hoffer is a member of the State Bar of Texas Administrative and Public Law Section, School Law Section and Labor and Employment Law Section. Mr. Hoffer currently volunteers on the regional board for Teach for America San Antonio. He is or has been a member of the Texas City Attorneys Association/Texas Municipal League, Texas Council of School Attorneys, Randolph Metrocom Chamber of Commerce, Judson ISD Education Foundation, Inc., Education Law Association, the Military Child Education Coalition, National Alliance of Public Charter School Attorneys and he is a Sustaining Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation.


Mr. Hoffer was recognized as:

  • 2021 Best Lawyer for nonprofits and schools in Scene in SA magazine
  • Outstanding Lawyer for Schools by SA Magazine
  • Rising Star by Texas Super Lawyer consecutively for 2015 and 2016 by Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters)
  • San Antonio Best Lawyer in the legal field by Scene in SA magazine (2012)
  • Best Lawyer in Education Law in San Antonio Magazine


Qui Tam: Survival of the Action and Fate of the Proceeds Following the Death of the Relator. For the King and For Himself . . . And His Heirs, 37 St. Mary’s L.J. 199 (2005)