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John is an experienced trial lawyer in Houston, Texas who focuses his practice on commercial litigation, including lender liability suits, real estate-related litigation, and business-to-business breach-of-contract and fraud cases. Tough, smart, honest, and practical, John has tried several cases to juries in both state and federal courts, as well as several bench trials. He has successfully briefed and argued several appeals to the state and federal courts of appeal.


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 90%
    21 years, 300 cases
  2. Appeals: 10%
    21 years, 40 cases



Hourly ($500-550/hour)

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  • Raymond Bell Walker III

    As outside general counsel, our firm often assists clients in selecting litigation counsel. I choose John McFarland at Joyce, McFarland + McFarland LLP because of his tremendous experience and talents in conducting complex commercial litigation and trials. John is unwavering in his efforts to find the best results for his clients. But if trial is necessary, John is who my clients and I want to go to battle with. John is an absolutely tremendous asset for our firm as we work to provide our clients with excellent legal results.


    Raymond Walker Business Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Joyce + McFarland LLP

712 Main Street, Suite 1500
Houston, TX, 77002


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 199507/16/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2015
Super LawyerTexas Monthly Magazine2014
Houston's Top AttorneysHoustonia Magazine2013
Houston's Top LawyersH Magazine2013
AV Preeminent 4.9 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Houston's Top LawyersH Magazine2012
Houston's Top LawyersH Magazine2011
Houston's Best LawyersH Magazine2010
Houston's Best LawyersH Magazine2006
Houston's Best LawyersH Magazine2004
Texas Rising StarN/A2004
Texas Super LawyerN/A2004
Winstead "We Strengthens Me" AwardWinstead PC2001
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerJoyce + McFarland LLP2015 - Present
PartnerJoyce, McFarland + McFarland LLP2009 - Present
Partner/LawyerJoyce & McFarland LLP2008 - 2009
ShareholderWinstead PC2003 - 2008
AssociateWinstead PC1995 - 2002
AssociateMcLeod Alexander Powel & Apffel P.C.1995 - 1997
ClerkVan McFarland & Associates1992 - 1994
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of Texas Litigation Section NewsletterMember, Editorial Board2007 - Present
State Bar of TexasFellow2006 - Present
Caesar Rodney SocietyMember2006 - Present
Texas Bar FoundationMember2005 - Present
Houston Bar FoundationFellow2005 - Present
Fifth Circuit Bar AssociationMember1997 - Present
Houston Bar AssociationMember1995 - Present
State Bar of TexasMember1995 - Present
College of the State Bar of TexasMember2000 - 2002
Houston Young Lawyers AssociationMember1997 - 2007
Texas Young Lawyers AssociationMember1997 - 2007
Galveston Young Lawyers AssociationMember1995 - 1997
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
John McFarland erases $2.1 million in lost profits award against client University General HospitalReformed judgment striking $2.1 million in lost profit damages
Reversed and rendered! Take-nothing judgment reversed and judgment rendered for $10 millionReversed take-nothing judgment and rendered judgment in favor of client for over $10 million.
Take-nothing judgment reversed and remanded for trial.The Fifth Circuit reversed the take-nothing judgment and remanded the case for trial.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Texas State Bar NewsletterArbitration is Destroying the World2008
Texas Busines Litigation JournalThe End of the Arbitration Era2007
State Bar of Texas Litigation Section NewsletterFederal Update2007
State Bar of Texas Litigation Section NewsletterView from the Bench2007
Houston Business JournalBest Defense When Debtor Goes on the Offensive2007
Winstead WireInterview with a Dragon Slayer2004
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Texas School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1995
University of Texas System, AustinPlan II, Honors Liberal Arts (Military History)BA - Bachelor of Arts1991
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
18th Annual Advanced Evidence & Discovery CourseThe Fifth Amendment in Civil Litigation2005
Advanced Evidence & DiscoveryEvidence without Witnesses (by Julie Pruett Crawford)2004
HBA - Westside CLEDefending the Component Supplier in a Products Liability Suit2002
Professional Development ProgramInjunctions and Other Extraordinary Remedies2001
Professional Development ProgramInjunctions and Other Extraordinary Remedies2001
Litigation Section PDP MeetingNegligent Misrepresentation and Attorney Liability1998