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|TX||Eligible To Practice In Texas||1998||04/01/2017|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Board Certified - Criminal Law||Texas Board of Legal Specialization||2010|
|Texas Super Lawyers - Rising Star 2009||SuperLawyer||2009|
|Lawyer of the Year||Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association||2008|
|Member of the Year||N/A||2007|
|Juvenile Board Certification||Texas Board of Legal Specialization||2005|
|Member of the Year||N/A||2004|
|Partner||Musick & Musick LLP||2003 - Present|
|Attorney||JoAnne Musick, attorney||2003 - 2003|
|Assistant District Attorney||Harris County District Attorney's Office||1998 - 2003|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Fort Bend County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association||Member||2007 - Present|
|Texas Board of Legal Specialization||Juvenile Exam Commission||2006 - Present|
|Montgomery County Bar Association||Member||2005 - Present|
|Texas Board of Legal Specialization||certified - Juvenile Law||2005 - Present|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||2004 - Present|
|Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association||Board Member, VP, President Elect, President, Past President||2003 - Present|
|Texas District and County Attorneys Association||Alumni Member||2003 - Present|
|HBA - Criminal Law & Procedure Section||Chair-Elect||2003 - Present|
|Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association||President||2015 - 2016|
|Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association||President-Elect||2014 - 2015|
|Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association||President||2009 - 2010|
|Houston Bar Association, Criminal Law and Procedure Section||Chair||2008 - 2009|
|Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association||President-Elect||2008 - 2009|
|Texas District and County Attorneys Association||Member||1998 - 2003|
|USA v. E.J.||NOT GUILTY|
|State v. Pitts||NOT GUILTY|
|State v. Pyron||NOT GUILTY|
|See all legal cases|
|The Defender, (Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association)||Editor||2015|
|The Defender, (Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association)||Editor||2014|
|The Defender, (Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association)||Editor||2013|
|The Defender, (Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association)||Editor||2012|
|The Defender, (Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association)||Editor||2011|
|South Texas College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1998|
|Sam Houston State University||Accounting||Bachelor of Business Administration||1991|
|Juvenile Law Nuts & Bolts||Dispositions and Modifications||2008|
|Defending Juveniles||Overview - Adjudication, Disposition, Modification||2008|
|TCDLA Defending Juveniles||Juvenile Dispositions and Modifications||2007|
|TCDLA Juvenile Law Seminar||Juvenile Dispositions and Modifications||2006|
|In-House CLE||MRPs and MAJs||2001|
|In-House CLE||Felony Court - Role & Responsibilites||2000|
Posted by anonymous
If you find this woman or are referred to her....run like the wind.
I hired Joanne without doing the requisite due diligence. I don't know what I was thinking, other than I wasn't. Anger, stress, family problems....all were causing me to just "go" with the lawyer who appeared to have my best interest at heart. That was Joanne. She certainly can present as the caring, committed criminal lawyer. I can tell you that is a facade.
I was charged with three felonies, and the case included a substantial issue regarding police misconduct. As an educated business owner, father, member of the community, I needed an aggressive lawyer who was uncompromising and could aggressively litigate my case. That meant going after the cops who fabricated a great deal of their "evidence." Joanne, I believed, was that woman. She sold me on her years as a DA (which I will discuss later), and apparently was the head of the local criminal defense bar (more on that later).
However, when it came to working on the case, pressing the cops, addressing tough issues in court, I can describe her abilities as "tepid" at best. In short, she was completely ineffective, and I believe she chose to be so.
And so, after having hired her having listened to her hard sell and experience, I concluded that she was a great sales person, but that's all. I made it clear from the beginning, that the cops lied. She wanted nothing to do with that issue AFTER she got my money.
And so after my initial shock at the arrest and charging decision, and becoming disillusioned with her "tepid" defense in court, I did a little more investigation. I did not know it at the time, but her "partner" was her dad. He dad was a life long cop, turned criminal attorney in his old age. Not good.
And so it began to gel. Joanne grew up in a house run by a cop, surrounded by cops. She chose to prosecute people and never had it in her to become a criminal defense lawyer. At the end of Dad's career, he saw dollar signs and he and his daughter went out on their own to "become" criminal defense lawyers. Got it. Therefore, the "tepid" defense in a police misconduct case. Had I know the extent of her law enforcement entanglements, I never would have hired her. She should stick to cases not involving allegations of bad police conduct.
Ultimately, I hired a bulldog outsider lawyer - someone who wasn't raised in the law enforcement community of Houston, who warned me that the Houston Bar was far too intertwined and connected to cops and former DA's on the bench.
I chose wisely. After much time, effort and aggressive advocacy from my outsider bulldog lawyer, I resolved my case for a misdemeanor. The comparison to Joanne's aggressive salesmanship in her office to her tepid advocacy in the courtroom, to my bulldog lawyer's "no bull" pitch at his office and aggressive advocacy in the courtroom is shocking. I made the right decision to end the relationship with the woman who grew up with Dad The Cop, surrounded by cops, working with cops, and prosecuting and then partnering with Dad The Cop.
Never, hire this lawyer.
Posted by anonymous
I consulted and hired Joanne to represent me in one of the roughests moments of my life years ago. Joanne took my case and was able to protect not only my freedom, but my name and reputation. Joanne dealt with the facts and put me at ease . I am now a successful police officer and was able to put this incident behind me thanks to Joanne!
Stephen Baxley, Government Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
I have known Joanne since the late 1990s when she was a prosecutor. She had a well deserved reputation as a gifted trial lawyer. While this is true, it isn’t the whole story. I’m not sure I have ever met someone more dedicated to justice than Joanne. She is knowledgeable, creative, and trust-worthy. I endorse her with no hesitation.
Robert Fickman, Criminal defense Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
Joanne Musick is a past president of the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association. I do not know one single person who has contributed more toward the criminal defense bar and the fight to improve the criminal justice system in Harris County. Joanne has a powerful personality, a gifted intellect and a determination that make her an outstanding criminal defense lawyer. Joanne is held in high regard by the Defense Bar because she Has consistently demonstrated her fidelity to the Constitution and her dedication to her clients.
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