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Joseph Adrian Esparza

Joseph Adrian Esparza

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, Military Law, Appeals

About Me


Admitted to the Texas bar in 1994, I am Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 2007 and Board Certified in Criminal Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy since 2008.  I have trial and legal experience handling all levels of civilian and military criminal cases, including death penalty capital murder cases and felony level crimes.  I was a former felony prosecutor for Bexar County, Texas and a former military prosecutor and decorated military defense counsel.  I have trial experience at all levels of courts-martial.


I am an experienced, proven trial lawyer and defense counsel both for civilian and military law offenses with a strong track record of successful outcomes for my clients. When you need help and have been accused, do not trust your life, reputation, and future to a firm without our specific experience and skill set. The right lawyer makes all the difference in the world.


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 A sample of successful outcomes:


6/15 - Saved a Sailor's career.  Convinced Navy to withdraw discharge action against Hospital Corpsman despite prior Capt's Mast and other alleged misconduct and permit continued military service.

6/15 - Obtained an Honorable discharge for Army officer facing a Board of Inquiry and a general under other than honorable conditions discharge sought by Army lawyers at contested Board hearing over multiple 15-6 investigations and GOMOR.

4/15 - Won a verdict of "No Misconduct" and retention for service in an administrative discharge board and saved his Navy client's military career regarding an accusation of drug abuse.

7/14 - Won a "Not Guilty" for an Army Officer M.D. charged with sexual assault and abusive sexual contact.

4/14 - Won a "Not Guilty" on a civilian Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child case.

3/14 - Won a "Not Guilty" for an USAF NCO Medic charged with use of a controlled substance, false official statement, and absent without leave.

2/14 - Won a "Not Guilty" for a enlisted soldier charged with Rape by force, aggravated assaults, damaging property, and interference with a 911 call.

1/14 - My pretrial motion practice convinced State to drop felony injury to a child charge against my client, co-def pled guilty.

1/14 - My pretrial investigation resulted in complete dismissal of aggravated kidnapping charges against out of town client. 

12/13 - Motion to Suppress contesting illegal arrest and search forced civilian prosecutor to drop drug charge against client.

10/13 - Won a 4 year sentence for a high profile federal client who was originally charged with Racketeering and multiple murders with possibility of facing the death penalty, before a later deal was made for a guilty plea to a lesser charge and a 15 year cap.

9/13 - Won a murder appeal and got the conviction reversed and a new trial granted.  

7/13 -   Won no confinement and no punitive discharge at a general court-martial for a USAF NCO instructor accused of an inappropriate sexual relationship with a female trainee.  

4/13 -   Won a "Not Guilty" verdict for an Army soldier charged with larceny and false official statement.  

3/13 -  Won a "Not Guilty" for an USAF trainee charged with indecent exposure.

12/12 - Won a "Not Guilty" for an Army Officer client at a general court-martial for assault and conduct unbecoming an officer.  

10/12 - Won a dismissal of all charges in a rape case on the first day of trial for a USAF NCO enlisted client.  

8/12 -  Won a life sentence in a capital murder case where the State of Texas was seeking the death penalty against my client. 

7/12 - Won an Article 32 hearing, got investigating officer to reject the referral to a general court-martial of rape charges and drug charges against an USAF NCO.

8/ 10 -  Obtained a grand jury no bill in an online computer solicitation of a minor case after investigating the case and filing a motion for an examining trial.

11/09 - Investigated a criminal felony case involving a U.S. Marine in Seattle, Washington and obtained a dismissal of all charges against the Marine

3/09 -  Won a "Not Guilty" in two hours in a capital murder trial.

5/08 - Won a "Not Guilty" in less than thirty minutes in a two count felony indecency of a child case.

5/08 - Defended a senior NCO recruiter charged with sexual harassment in an Art 15 proceeding resulting in the charges being dropped.

4/08 - Won a "Not Guilty" for a senior NCO charged with indecent language against a female NCO subordinate in a special court-martial.



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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1994

  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
  2. Military Law: 40%
  3. Appeals: 10%



Fixed (Always)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

6 total 

  • Miguel Eugenio Najera

    Mr. Esparza is an amazing attorney with the skills and knowledge to fight for his clients.


    Miguel Najera Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Joseph. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Gross & Esparza, P.L.L.C.

106 S. St. Mary's St.
Suite 260
San Antonio, TX, 78205


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 199405/24/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Texas Super Lawyer, Criminal DefenseTexas Super Lawyers Magazine2015
Texas Super Lawyer, Criminal DefenseTexas Super Lawyers Magazine2014
"Top 30" Criminal Defense Lawyers in SAScene in SA Magazine2013
Texas Super Lawyer, Criminal DefenseTexas Super Lawyer Magazine2013
"Top 100" Trial Lawyers in TexasNational Trial Lawyers Association2012
"Best Of" Series - Criminal DefenseSan Antonio Current2012
Texas Super Lawyer, Criminal DefenseTexas Super Lawyers Magazine2012
Best Lawyers in San Antonio (Criminal defense)Scene in SA Magazine2012
Texas Super Lawyer, Criminal DefenseTexas Super Lawyers Magazine2011
Best Lawyers in San Antonio (DWI/DUI)Scene in SA Magazine2011
Best Lawyers in San Antonio (Criminal Defense)Scene in SA Magazine2011
Best Lawyers in San Antonio (Criminal Defense)Scene in SA Magazine2010
Board Certified Trial Advocate, Criminal LawNational Board of Trial Advocacy2008
Board Certified - Criminal LawTexas Board of Legal Specialization2007

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerGross & Esparza, PLLC2007 - Present
Judge Advocate GeneralUnited States Air Force2002 - 2006
AttorneyLaw Office of Joseph Esparza2000 - 2002
Assistant Criminal District AttorneyBexar County District Attorney's Office1995 - 1999

Association NamePosition NameDuration
San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationDirector2011 - Present
San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyer's AssociationMember2007 - Present
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationN/A2000 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
State of Texas v. TaylorLife Sentence for client.
State of Texas v. MorenoNot Guilty, client went free.
State of Texas v. MonroeCharges dropped against client.

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Publication NameTitleDate
Voice for the Defense (Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association)The Constitutional Right to a Public Trial lives on in Presley v. Georgia2010

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Texas School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1994
University of Texas System, San AntonioHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1991

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Nuts and Bolts Course 2012Criminal Jury Charges2012
Gideon's Trumpet SeminarEthics for Criminal Lawyers2012
SACDLA Cross Examination SeminarLegal Ethics2010
Advanced Pretrial/Trial Tactics in Criminal CasesCompetency Trials and Insanity2009
HCBA Criminal Law ConferenceEthics for the Criminal Defense Practitioner2008