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Mr. Hoffer’s practice is focused in the areas of (1) civil litigation;
(2) labor and employment; (3) board governance including due process
hearings and grievances, open meetings act and public information act;
(4) business transactions including public procurement and contracting,
False Claims Act, trademark and copyright, and interlocal and shared
services arrangements; (5) student law including special education,
discipline, civil rights and grievances; and (6) administrative law,
including appeals of state agency action.  Mr. Hoffer is admitted to
practice before all Texas Courts, and is also admitted to practice
before the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and U.S. District Courts for the Western and Northern Districts of Texas.

Education and Honors
Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas and Southwest
Texas State University, San Marcos (B.A. summa cum laude 2003); St.
Mary’s University School of Law (J.D. 2006); While in law school, Mr.
Hoffer served on the Editorial Board of the St. Mary’s Law Journal,
serving as Research/Articles Editor his third year and as a staff
writer his second year.  Mr. Hoffer was on the law school Dean’s List
and graduated in the top 11% of his class.

State Bar of Texas (School Law Section, Administrative and Public Law
Section, Labor and Employment Law Section); President, Judson ISD
Education Foundation, Inc., 2008-10 (Vice President 2007-08), Randolph Metrocom Chamber of Commerce, Education
Law Association, Military Child Education Coalition; Texas Council
of School Attorneys, National Council of School Attorneys, Alliance of Public Charter School Attorneys, Texas Municipal League-Texas City Attorneys Association. 

Joseph E. Hoffer, Qui Tam: Survival of the Action and Fate of the
Proceeds Following the Death of the Relator. For the King and For
Himself . . . And His Heirs, 37 St. Mary's L.J. 199 (2005) ((cited by
United States ex rel. Colucci v. Beth Israel Med. Ctr., 603 F. Supp. 2d
677, 683 (S.D. N.Y 2009)); (quoted by United States ex rel. Lemmon v.
Envirocare of Utah, 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 29619 at *25 (D.C. UT 2007);
(cited by Michael Lee, Attorneys' Fees in Environmental Citizen Suits
and the Economically Benefited Plaintiff: When are Attorneys' Fees and
Costs Appropriate? 26 Pace Envtl. L. Rev. 495 n. 148 (S. 2009); (cited
by Dr. Carl Pacini & Michael Bret Hood, the Role of Qui Tam Actions
Under the False Claims Act in Preventing and Deterring Fraud Against
Government, 15 U. Miami Bus. L. Rev. 273 n. 182 (S. 2007)).



(April 2011) National School Board Association, Council of School Attorneys Annual Convention--upcoming.  Presentation on Federal Whistleblower/False Claims Act.


(Nov. 2010) Education Law Association Annual Convention--upcoming presentation on Federal Whistleblower/False Claims Act.


(May 2010) Texas Charter School Conference, Presenter on Federal Whistleblower/False Claims Act and Impact on Charter Schools.


(February 2010) UT School Law Conference, Presenter on Federal Whistleblower/False Claims Act for School Attorney


Resource Center For Charter Schools, 12th Annual Texas Charter Schools
Conference Charter Laws & Rules You May Not be Familiar With – But
Should Be) TASBO ‘09 Annual Conference:  Update on Federal
Whistleblower Laws (False Claims Act)

Judson ISD:  Purchasing Do’s & Don’ts
Resource Center For Charter Schools, ESC Region II, Corpus Christi
Statewide Charter School Board Member & Administrator Training

Principals’ Summit:  FLSA Update

TASA/TASB Annual Conference, Investigative Techniques (Co-Author)


Languages spoken: Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Education: 50%
    11 years, 1.1 thousand cases
  2. Employment: 20%
    11 years, 175 cases
  3. Administrative Law: 20%
    11 years, 200 cases
  4. Litigation: 10%
    11 years, 120 cases



Hourly ($225-275/hour)

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  • James Neil Hollis

    Joe is knowledgeable about the general range of school law matters. But primarily for cases involving school governance and school commercial transactions, there is no one else in our community I would trust to refer a client. Joe is a person of character and a fine lawyer.


    James Hollis Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Schulman, Lopez & Hoffer, LLP

517 Soledad Street
San Antonio, TX, 78205-1508


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 200607/16/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Lawyer 2012 Emploment Litigation DefenseS.A. Scene2012
Editorial Board Member--St. Mary's Law JournalSt. Mary's University School of Law2005
Dean's ListSt. Mary's University School of Law2004
Summa Cum LaudeSouthwest Texas State University2003
Alton Abernathy ScholarSouthwest Texas State University2003
Boys StateAmerican Legion1996
Freedoms Foundation ScholarNational Sojourners Scholar1995
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerSchulman, Lopez & Hoffer, LLP2011 - Present
AttorneyFeldman, Rogers, Morris & Grover, LLP2006 - 2011
Association namePosition nameDuration
Randolph Metrocom Chamber of CommerceTreasurer2010 - Present
Texas City Attorneys AssociationMember2010 - Present
Alliance of Public Charter School AttorneysMember2010 - Present
Military Child Education Coalitionmember2008 - Present
Education Law AssociationMember2008 - Present
Texas Association of School BoardsCouncil of School Attorneys2006 - Present
National School Board AssociationCouncil of School Attorneys2006 - Present
Judson Education Foundation, Inc.Past President2005 - 2012
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Grant v. Shekinahfavorable-FLSA Suit
Garza v. N.E.I.S.D.favorable
Mzyk v. NEISDWon at Federal District Court
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Publication nameTitleDate
NSBA-COSABlowing the Whistle: A Time Out to Discuss the False Claims Act2011
AG DeterminationOpen Records2008
St. Mary's Law JournalQui Tam2005
AG OpinionAG OpinionN/A
AG OpinionAG OpinionN/A
AG DeterminationOpen RecordsN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
St Mary's University of San Antonio School of LawDoctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)JD - Juris Doctor2006
Southwest Texas State UniversityOrganizational CommunicationsBA - Bachelor of Arts2003
Texas A&M UniversityPolitical ScienceN/AN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
TCSA School Finance BootcampTEA Audits and Schools2012
TCSA HR UpdateReductions in Force for Public Schools2011
TCSA Finance BootcampTexas Payday Law for Charter Schools2011
TASBO Summer ConferenceSchool Law2011
Superintendents' PanelCharter School Law2011
Statewide School Legal SummitTEA Audits2011
National School Boards Association, Council of School Attorneys Annual ConferenceWhistleblower Litigation2011
Texas School Law ConferenceFederal Whistleblower Law2010
Texas Charter School ConferenceNonprofit Lobbying and Advocacy2010
Texas Charter School ConferenceFederal Whistleblower Law2010
Education Law Association Annual ConferenceWhistleblower2010
APCSA Attorney SummitSpecial Education Shared Services Arrangements2010
Texas Charter School ConventionCharter School Law2009
Texas Association of School Business OfficersFederal Whistleblower Law2009
Miscellaneous School Districts and Charter SchoolsSchool Law2008
Miscellaneous School Districts and Charter SchoolsSchool Law2007