Joe Kendall's Dallas Trial Attorney Joe Kendall
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Phone: (214) 744-3000
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Former Federal Judge Joe Kendall served as a Federal District Trial Court judge in Texas from 1992 until 2002.  The first President Bush appointed him to the federal bench in 1992, and in 1999, President Bill Clinton, recognizing Judge Kendall’s credentials, appointed him to also be a Commissioner on the U.S. Sentencing Commission, the body that writes the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

Prior to becoming a Federal Judge and Sentencing Commissioner, Joe Kendall spent 5 ½ years as a Texas State District Court Judge in Dallas.  Before ascending the bench, he practiced as a trial lawyer representing individuals and corporations in civil and criminal cases.  As a young man he worked his way through college as a Dallas Police Officer.

As a practicing lawyer Joe Kendall has personally tried over 100 jury trials to verdict.  He has participated in cases which have resulted in the recovery of well in excess of 1 billion dollars.  As the Managing Partner of the Kendall Law Group he is involved in some capacity in most cases the firm takes.

Former Judge Kendall frequently serves as local counsel for out of state lawyers and serves as an Arbitrator, Mediator, and mock trial judge/trial strategy consultant nationwide.  He is also available to conduct internal investigations for clients and he has a forensic team in place to assist with such work.

During his judicial career Judge Kendall presided over approximately 500 jury trials and disposed of in excess of 11,000 cases.  As a federal judge, he wrote more than 250 judicial opinions.  Joe Kendall has decades of firsthand experience observing how juries, and judges, respond to evidence and arguments.

As a member of the U.S. Sentencing Commission, Judge Kendall worked on many important sentencing issues, but focused primarily on the guidelines dealing with white collar fraud, internet fraud and corporate governance and compliance issues. Joe Kendall taught numerous programs presented by the Federal Judicial Center (the entity that teaches federal judges) in Washington, D.C. beginning in the mid-1990′s. He has taught new federal judges at Federal Judicial Center orientation programs and docket management to experienced federal judges from around the country. Judge Kendall has also taught conference workshops for the federal judges of Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi, federal trial and appellate prosecutors from throughout the country at their training center in South Carolina, lawyers of the Federal Bar Association and United States Probation Officers nationwide. Judge Kendall has also been a faculty member of the Texas Center for the Judiciary, the educational entity that teaches Texas State Judges.

While Joe Kendall was a federal judge he was the editor of In Camera, the national newsletter of the Federal Judges Association, where he was also a member of the Board of Directors of that organization of Federal Judges.

Joe Kendall was admitted to the bar in 1980 and has been in the continuous practice of law or served as a Judge, both state and federal, since that time.

The Kendall Law Group’s main practice areas are Securities Litigation, Health Care, White Collar crime, sentencing and appeals.  In addition to those areas, Former Judge Kendall personally serves as an Arbitrator and Mediator with FedArb and the American Arbitration Association, as well as local counsel in all state and federal courts in Texas for out of state lawyers.



  • All State Courts in Texas
  • United States District Court (Federal) – Northern District of Texas
  • United States District Court (Federal) – Southern District of Texas
  • United States District Court (Federal) – Eastern District of Texas
  • United States District Court (Federal) – Western District of Texas
  • United States District Court (Federal) – District of Columbia
  • United States District Court (Federal) – District of Colorado
  • United States District Court (Federal) – Northern District of Illinois
  • United States District Court (Federal) – Southern District of Indiana
  • U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Federal Circuit Court of Appeals
  • The Supreme Court of the United States


  • Southern Methodist University, B.B.A. – 1977
  • Baylor University School of Law, J.D. – 1980


The Kendall Law Group, PLLC – 2008 to Present

            Managing Partner

            Dallas, Texas

Provost Umphrey Law Firm  – 2002-2008

            Managing Partner

            Of the Dallas Office

            Dallas, Texas

United States District Judge -1992-2002

            Northern District of Texas

            Federal Judge – Dallas, Texas

United States Sentencing Commission – 2000-2002


            Washington, D.C.

Kendall and Woodall – 1982-1986

            Private Practice of Law

            Dallas, Texas

Dallas County District Attorney’s Office – 1980-1982

            Asst. D.A.

            Career Criminal Division

            Dallas, Texas