Joseph A. Turner


Biography: Lecturer at Law, University of Texas School of Law, 1989. Former: Assistant Travis County Attorney; Assistant Travis County District Attorney; Assistant U.S. Attorney. Certified Criminal Law Specialist by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Texas Super Lawyer in Criminal Defense 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008.

Joe Turner graduated summa cum laude from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, where he majored in criminology. During undergraduate school, he worked as a correctional officer in the state prison. He graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in 1977 at the age of 22. He was Chief of the Trial Section for the Travis County Attorney's Office. As an Assistant District Attorney, he was Chief of the Special Crimes Division. He later became an Assistant United States Attorney. He has been a criminal defense lawyer in Austin, Texas since 1982. He has been board-certified in criminal law since 1983, and is a member of both the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He is primarily known for his "two word" verdicts in his many murder trials. As a criminal defense attorney for the past 30 years, he has represented a long list of celebrities and musicians, including Willie Nelson and Matthey McConnaughey.


1504 West Avenue
Austin , Texas , 78701
United States

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