A relatively recent arrival to the Lone Star State, Joseph C. LaValley III is originally from the Saratoga–Capital region of Upstate New York. He received his Bachelor of Science from Empire State College in 1999, and his Juris Doctor from Albany Law School of Union University in 2002. While in law school, Mr. LaValley was Editor-in-Chief of the Albany Law Review (the nation’s oldest law review); competed in the ABA’s National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC), placing in the top three oral advocates; and, as Vice President of the Environmental Law Society, introduced the law school community to the Ambassador Wolves of Mission: Wolf. He earned a number of merit-based scholarships, grants, and awards, ultimately graduating summa cum laude.
Following law school, Mr. LaValley gained essential trial experience working in the Manhattan office of Dallas-based litigation powerhouse Bickel & Brewer. Mr. LaValley was then honored to serve for two years as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Roger J. Miner, Senior Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. While at this Court, Mr. LaValley was exposed to a vast array of substantive legal issues—federal as well as state-law-based—and immersed deeply in federal procedure. His education and experience prepared him well for his next role, as an Associate in the nationally renowned firm of Boies, Schiller & Flexner.
Mr. LaValley practiced for the next five years in the high-profile “BigLaw” world—honing his skills as an attorney and, in particular, as a litigator—before embarking on the challenging path of the solo practitioner. In that capacity, Mr. LaValley served in several court-appointed roles, including as court-appointed counsel in U.S. District Court, at the special request of a federal magistrate, and as court-appointed mediator, in various landlord-tenant disputes, at the city court level.
Mr. LaValley’s notable professional achievements include obtaining vindication for a Fortune 500 client, after two years facing a U.S. Dep’t of Justice–initiated, federal grand jury investigation; winning a favorable jury verdict for a national data networking firm, following a month-long plenary trial in N.Y. State Supreme Court; and securing appellate reversals in various state tribunals, for clients large, small, and of virtually every size in between.
Mr. LaValley credits his accomplishments, primarily, on having learned the key fundamentals of the law early and well—first, in law school; later, under the mentorship of one of the truly great jurists of the twentieth century. Ultimately, Mr. LaValley’s philosophy is simple: take care of the small details, while never losing sight of the big picture, and success will inevitably follow—not only for oneself, but for one’s family, clients, and community.
Mr. LaValley is admitted to practice in the state courts of Texas and of New York, and in the U.S. District Courts for the Southern District of Texas and for the Northern District of New York.
In his spare time, Mr. LaValley enjoys cycling, tennis, movies, books, and—above all—simply spending time with his family and friends (of both the homo sapiens and canis familiaris varieties). He is dedicated to promoting animal welfare and has volunteered extensively in animal shelters and for canine rescue organizations across the country.
- New York
- U.S. District Courts for the Southern District of Texas
- U.S. District Courts for the Northern District of New York