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     Former Federal Judge Joe Kendall served on the federal bench in Texas from 1992 until 2002. The first President Bush appointed him to the federal bench in 1992 and in 1999 President Bill Clinton, recognizing his credentials, appointed him to also be a Commissioner on the U.S. Sentencing Commission, the body that writes the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.


     Prior to becoming a Federal Judge and Sentencing Commissioner, Judge Kendall spent 5 1/2 years as a Texas State District Court Judge in Dallas. He served as a trial lawyer in the Dallas District Attorney's office. After leaving the D.A.'s office he practiced as a trial lawyer representing individuals and corporations in civil and criminal cases before ascending the bench.


     As a practicing lawyer Joe Kendall has personally tried over 100 jury trials to verdict. In his judicial career Judge Kendall presided over approximately 500 jury trials and disposed of in excess of 11,000 cases. He has, as a lawyer, handled numerous federal appeals, representing corporations and individuals in federal civil and criminal appeals. As a federal judge he wrote more than 250 judicial opinions.


     During Judge Kendall's public service he was editor of In Camera, the national newsletter of the Federal Judges Association, where he was also a member of the Board of Directors. As a member of the U.S. Sentencing Commission he worked on many important sentencing issues, including guidelines dealing with white collar fraud cases, penalties in drug and immigration cases, internet fraud and pornography guidelines, as well as corporate governance and compliance issues under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.


     Judge Kendall has taught in numerous programs presented by the Federal Judicial Center (the entity that teaches federal judges) in Washington, D.C. beginning in the mid-1990's. He has taught the Federal Sentencing Guidelines to new federal judges at Federal Judicial Center orientation programs and docket management to experienced federal judges from around the country. Judge Kendall has also taught conference workshops for the federal judges of Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi, federal trial and appellate prosecutors from throughout the country at their training center in South Carolina, lawyers of the Federal Bar Association and United States Probation Officers at conferences and workshops nationwide. Judge Kendall has also been a faculty member of the Texas Center for the Judiciary, the educational entity that teaches Texas State Judges.


     Joe Kendall has a national law practice based in the center of the country. His practice includes providing Texas local counsel and strategy assistance to out-of-state lawyers in all federal and state courts in Texas, as well as federal appeals and federal sentencing guidelines consultation and representation nationwide.

A member of the United States Supreme Court bar, Judge Kendall takes cases in any federal trial or appellate court in the nation.


Languages spoken: Spanish

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  1. Investment Fraud: 20%
    16 years, 50 cases
  2. Patent Infringement: 20%
    16 years, 60 cases
  3. Criminal Defense: 10%
    36 years
  4. Federal Crime: 10%
  5. Other: 40%
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Kendall Law Group, LLP

3232 Mckinney St Ste 700
Dallas, TX, 75204


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 198001/09/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell2006
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell2005
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell2004
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell2003
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell2002
Commissioner, USSCPresident of the United States2000
FellowCollege of the State Bar1981
Board Certification in Criminal LawTexas Board of Legal SpecializationN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerKendall Law Group, LLP2008 - Present
Managing PartnerProvost Umphrey Law Firm, LLP2002 - 2008
CommissionerUnited States Sentencing Commission1999 - 2002
JudgeUnited States District Court, Northern District of Texas1992 - 2002
Judge195th District Court1987 - 1992
PartnerKendall & Woodall1982 - 1986
Assistant District AttorneyDallas County District Attorney's Office1980 - 1982
Police Officer, Patrol DivisionDallas Police Department1972 - 1978
Association namePosition nameDuration
In CameraEditor1995 - 2002
Federal Judicial Center FoundationDirector1995 - 2002
National Association of Metropolitan CourtsMember1992 - Present
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers' AssociationMember1982 - Present
Texas Association of Board Certified Criminal Law SpecialistsMember1982 - Present
Texas County and District Attorneys' AssociationMember1980 - 1982
Dallas County Criminal Bar AssociationMember1980 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1980 - Present
College of the State Bar of TexasMember1980 - Present
Federal Bar AssociationMember1980 - Present
State Bar of TexasMember1980 - Present
Dallas Association of Young LawyersMember1980 - Present
Dallas Bar AssociationMember1980 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In re UICI Securities LitigationSettled after motion to dismiss was denied
In re Enron Corporation Securities LitigationMotion to Dismiss denied
In re TXU Securities LitigationSettled for $145 million
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Publication nameTitleDate
176 F. Supp. 2d 668United States v. Morris2001
145 F. Supp. 2d 794Martin Marietta Materials Southwest Ltd. v. St. Paul Guardian Insurance Co.2001
140 F. Supp. 2d 712Weinberg v. Silber2001
141 F. Supp. 2d 645Johnson v. City of Dallas2001
108 F. Supp. 2d 672Doherty v. Center for Assisted Reproduction, PA2000
81 F. Supp.2d 688Jones v. Fujitsu Network Communications1999
71 F.Supp.2d 605United States v. Hughes1999
53 F. Supp.2d 909American Airlines, Inc. v. Allied Pilots Association1999
39 F. Supp.2d 795Seawright v. Charter Furniture Rental Inc.1999
27 F.Supp.2d 723Golman-Hayden Co. v. Fresh Source Produce1998
891 F.Supp. 342DSC Communications Corp. v. DGI Technologies1995
9 F.Supp.2d 666Richardson v. ApfelN/A
991 F.Supp. 794Hanafy v. United StatesN/A
981 F. Supp. 996SBC Communications v. FCCN/A
994 F. Supp. 759Gonzales v. JohnsonN/A
943 F. Supp. 685Richie v. American Council on Gift AnnuitiesN/A
933 F. Supp. 610United States v. GrantN/A
926 F. Supp. 582Calmes v. United StatesN/A
914 F. Supp. 1421Roberts v. Dayton Hudson Corp.N/A
914 F. Supp. 1421Roberts v. Dayton Hudson Corp.N/A
932 F. Supp. 163McDaniel v. Southern Pacific TransportationN/A
905 F.Supp. 367Holdbrook v. California Federal BankN/A
898 F. Supp. 409Nelson v. ReddyN/A
898 F. Supp. 399Maxus Energy Corp. v. United StatesN/A
In CameraEditorN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Baylor University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1980
Southern Methodist UniversityN/AOther - Bachelors1977
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Federal Judicial CenterU.S. Sentencing Guidelines2001
Federal Judicial Center OrientationFederal Judge Oreintation2000
Federal Judicial CenterSentencing2000
Texas Center for the JudiciarySentencing Guidelines1999
Federal Judicial Center OrientationFederal Judge Orientation1999
Federal Judicial CenterU.S. Sentencing Guidelines1999
Texas Center for the JudiciarySentencing1998
Federal Judicial Center OrientationFederal Judge Orientation1998
Federal Judicial Center OrientationFederal Judge Orientation1997
Federal Judicial Center OrientationFederal Judge Orientation1996