|Office:||100N. Travis, #205
Sherman, TX 75090
Phone: (903) 815-6221
Joe Brown, Attorney (2020- Present) – Solo practitioner engaged in a general trial practice, including state and federal criminal defense, business dispute litigation, and personal injury litigation.
United States Attorney, Eastern District of Texas (2018-2020) – Presidentially appointed, Senate-confirmed. Chief law enforcement official for 43 county federal district. Supervision of 57 assistant United States Attorneys and 50+ staff in the investigation and prosecution of federal offenses.
Criminal District Attorney of Grayson County (2001-2018) – Elected 5 times as chief criminal prosecutor for Grayson County – population 125,467. Manage office of 13 attorneys, with 35 total staff members. Responsible for the administration of budget of $3.2 million. Legal counsel for Commissioners Court. Chief juvenile prosecutor and CPS attorney. Personally and successfully tried more than one dozen felony cases to a jury including capital murder (death penalty), murder, aggravated assault, aggravated sexual assault, aggravated kidnapping, and intoxication manslaughter. Created military veterans diversion program, which ultimately became a regional veteran’s court.
The Law Office of Joseph D. Brown (1999-2000) – Sherman, Texas Solo practitioner engaged in general trial practice, including criminal, civil, and family law.
Cowles & Thompson, P.C. (1995-1999) – Dallas, Texas Associate attorney for civil defense law firm of over 100 lawyers. Representation of physicians, hospitals, nursing homes, businesses and individuals in general civil litigation. First chair attorney in 12 jury trials.
Education and Licensure
- Southern Methodist University School of Law – Juris Doctor, 1995
- The University of Texas at Austin – Bachelor of Arts – Government 1992
- State Bar of Texas, 1995
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, 1999
Professional and Community Involvement
Texas Youth Commission/Texas Juvenile Justice Dept. – Austin TX. Board of Directors. 2009 – 2014. Chairman, Safety and Security Committee. Appointed by Governor Rick Perry to serve on seven member board following legislative re-organization of Texas’ youth prison and rehabilitation system. Responsible for oversight of $330 million budget, 2,500 employees, and the treatment of a daily population of approximately 1,500 youthful offenders.
Texas District and County Attorneys Association – Austin, TX – Secretary/Treasurer 2009-2010. Regional Director and member of board of directors, 2004-2008. Publications committee chairman, 2006-2008. Finance committee 2007 – 2010. Testified before legislature.
Children’s Advocacy Center of Grayson County – founding Board Member, 2002-present. President of Board, 2002-2004, 2006-2007.
State Bar of Texas – Grievance Committee, 2000-2006. Panel Chairman of District 1A Committee, 2004-2006.
Boy Scouts of America – Board Member, Circle Ten Council, 2015-present. Friends of Scouting Chairman, Texoma Valley District, 2015-2016.
Grayson County Bar Association – President, 2009-2010.
Kiwanis Club of Sherman – President, 2005-2006; Kiwanian of the Year, 2006-2007; Director 2004-2007; Member 2000-present.
Texas Association of Counties – Award recipient, 2007 County Best Practices Award, for “Special Prosecutor Program” to alleviate jail overcrowding – awarded for “outstanding achievement and effective management of county government facilities, processes, and programs”
Texas Monthly Magazine – Texas Super Lawyers “Rising Star in Criminal Prosecution”, 2005