Joseph R. Russo


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Practice Areas

Class Action Litigation
Complex Consumer & Business Litigation

  • Securities & Investor Fraud
  • Consumer Fraud
  • Business Piracy
  • Product Liability
  • Employment & Contract Disputes

Joseph Russo, Jr. is a partner in the Galveston office of Greer, Herz and Adams.  He primarily represents companies and individuals in complex lawsuits involving business matters.

Joseph concentrates his practice on insurance, consumer and deceptive trade claims, trade secrets, breach of contract, business misappropriation, business fiduciary litigation, securities and investor fraud, computers and software, and claims by and against homeowner and condominium associations.  Believing that he can best defend a case by knowing how to prosecute one, Joseph made it his mission to represent plaintiffs with claims against businesses and apply that experience to effectively defend his business clients from lawsuits.

Cases requiring efficient management of huge quantities of documents, the ability to maintain and utilize terabytes of data, dealing with tens of thousands of potential class action members, or novel questions of law are nothing new to him.  Mr. Russo possesses the skill, diligence and intellect necessary to pursue, defend and manage complex litigation that other litigators may lack.  His cases usually involve numerous interwoven parties and claims.  Joseph has defended several class actions to either dismissal or amicable resolution.  A few of the types of matters he has handled include,

  • representing individuals seeking class treatment against a power company and vegetation management company for negligently caused real property losses,
  • pursuing an accounting and damages claims against a client’s business partners for breach of fiduciary duties, wrongful exclusion, and tortious interference,
  • pursuing claims against major corporate healthcare entity for breach of lease of multi-million dollar nursing home facilities,
  • representing a large insurer in trade secret protection and corporate misappropriation claims,
  • pursuing several investor and pension fund fiduciary and fraud claims against corporations and individuals involved in securities fraud and non-disclosure schemes,
  • defending a publicly traded company against individual and class wage and hour statutory employment claims,
  • prosecuting employment contract claims against a ship repair company, and
  • representing DIRECTV in thousands of highly technological satellite piracy claims across the United States.

As a native islander, Joseph has seen and dealt with the impacts of hurricane disasters first-hand.  That experience aided in prosecuting numerous hurricane-related property claims, including the multi-million dollar Port of Galveston claim against its insurance companies.  Mr. Russo also has considerable experience in representing local homeowner’s associations and has represented homeowners in construction defect claims.


Joseph joined the firm in 1996 after receiving a business finance degree from the University of Texas at Austin (1994) and his Doctor of Jurisprudence from South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas (1997).  While in law school, he served on the College Board of Advocates and received Dean’s List honors.


  • State of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Texas

Professional Activities and Memberships

  • Member, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Member, State Bar of Texas
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Galveston County Bar Association
  • Nominating committee member, Texas Bar Foundation (2012-2013)
  • President, Galveston County Young Lawyers Association, (2002-2003)

 Civic Involvement

Joseph remains actively involved in his community through roles with Friendswood Little League, including serving as president and secretary, Friendswood Youth Football Association and has served as a Liaison between the Friendswood Parks & Recreation Board and youth sports organizations.  He served as a Director for Prevent Blindness Texas of Galveston between 2002 and 2003.