Joel Israel has been practicing law since 2003, and joined Sayles Werbner in 2006. He has been involved in all aspects of litigation from investigation through trial, with representative cases in the areas of mass tort on behalf of victims of international terrorism, products liability defense, commercial and real estate disputes, fiduciary and contractual breaches, employment discrimination and harassment, and securities matters. He has represented both individuals and Fortune 500 companies in an array of state and federal matters.
Joel’s litigation experience includes taking and defending several hundred depositions of fact and expert witnesses, preparing and examining expert and other witnesses at trial, and drafting and arguing all types of evidentiary and dispositive motions. He has argued successfully in state and federal court in Texas, California, and New York on numerous motions, including obtaining summary judgment in federal bankruptcy court on behalf of the former owner of a major fast-food chain. Joel’s successful track record has earned him recognition multiple times on the Texas Rising Stars list of the state’s top attorneys published in Texas Monthly magazine (2009, 2012-2015).
Prior to joining Sayles Werbner, Joel gained valuable experience and training with Paul Hastings’ Employment Law Department in Los Angeles, as well as with Latham & Watkins’ Litigation Department in Washington, D.C. While at Latham, Joel and a small team of lawyers earned the 2005 Washington Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights Outstanding Achievement Award on the firm’s behalf for successfully handling an asylum matter. He is licensed to practice in Texas and California.
Joel earned his law degree, with honors, from Duke University in 2003. While at Duke, he was an executive board member of the Moot Court Board, as well as a staff editor of the Duke Journal of Gender Law & Policy. Prior to law school, Joel earned a BA degree in psychology at Duke in 1999. He grew up in Dallas, where he resides with his wife, Elizabeth, and their two children, Evan and Lauren.