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.