Joyce, McFarland & McFarland LLP
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Houston, TX 77002
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Jeff Joyce


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Jeff Joyce protects the critical business interests of his clients with almost 40 years of experience in commercial litigation and the essential ingredients of sound judgment and a tenacious mindset. His representation of loan servicers, loan originators, financial institutions, real estate-based entities, energy and oil and gas companies, insurance companies, manufacturing and distribution companies, and technology-based enterprises has earned him a strong reputation as a business lawyer.

Recognized as a leader in the legal community, Jeff matches his experience and background with the entrepreneurial practice of law and the flexibility that affords his clients the opportunity to reach a reasonable business solution for their legal problems. Jeff was associated for over 25 years with a 300 lawyer firm where he served as one of its leaders, chairing the firm’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group of over 50 professionals and serving on its Executive and Compensation Committees.

  • Representative Experience

    • Focus on litigation (trial and appeals) involving loan defaults, recourse carve outs under Commercial Mortgage Backed Securities loans
    • Work out guidance, planning and strategy for lenders and borrowers on real estate secured and personal property secured loan transactions
    • Complex commercial litigation (trial and appellate), including secured lender representation, energy and oil and gas transactions, royalty disputes, patent and trademark disputes, antitrust, securities and bank stock financing
    • Litigation for banking regulatory-related issues, contract claims, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, debt collection, RICO claims, false advertising claims, public utility regulation, foreclosures, real estate developments and investments, construction, bankruptcy and insurance disputes
    • Presentation of business disputes before arbitration panels and state and federal courts
    • Matters involving disputes between wholesalers and retailers, insurers and reinsurers, and financial institutions including matters relating to banking operations and loan participations
  • Presentation Topics

    • Foreclosures
    • Real Estate Loan Workouts
    • Lender Liability and Other Complex Litigation Involving Financial Institutions
    • Injunctions and Other Non-Damage Creditor Remedies
    • Collecting the Loan After Default
    • Expert Witnesses in Commercial Litigation
    • Bad Faith and Fair Dealing
    • Discovery and Evidence Issues in Commercial Litigation
    • Venue and Forum Non-Conveniens
    • Recognizing and Resolving Boundary Disputes
  • Education and Admissions

    • The University of Texas School of Law, J.D. cum laude, 1981 (Order of the Coif)
    • Texas A&M University, B.B.A., magna cum laude, 1978 (Honors Graduate, School of Business)
    • Admitted to Practice: Texas, U.S. District Court for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth and Second Circuit, U.S. Supreme Court
  • Professional & Community Involvement

    • Member: State Bar of Texas, American Bar Association, Houston Bar Association
  • Awards & Recognition

    • Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization
    • Associate Member, American Board of Trial Advocates
    • Texas Super Lawyer, Business Litigation, Law & Politics Magazine, published in Texas Monthly, 2002-2020.
    • “The Best Lawyers in America,” 2009 – 2021.
    • Houston’s Top Lawyers, Commercial Litigation, Business Litigation, H Texas, 2004-06, 2008-15
    • Top Lawyers, Houstonia, 2013, 2014
  • Representative Cases

    • Pinto Technology Ventures, LP v. Sheldon, 526 S.W.3d 428 (Tex. 2017)
    • Abdullatif v. Choudhri, 561 S.W.3d 590 (Tex.App.(14th Dist.) 2018)
    • Cardoni v. Prosperity Bank, 2015 WL 410589 (S.D. Tex. 2015)
    • Wells Fargo Bank, N.A v. Konover, 2014 WL 3908596 (U.S. Dist. Conn. 2014)
    • U.S. Bank, Nat. Ass’n v. Kobernick, 454 Fed. Appx. 307 (5th Cir. 2011)
    • Wells Fargo Bank, N.A v. Konover, et al., 259 F.R.D. 206 (U.S. Dist. Conn. 2009)
    • Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. v. Diamond Point Plaza Limited Partnership, et al., 971 A.2d 360 (Md.Ct.Sp.App. 2009)
    • Diamond Point Plaza Limited Partnership, et al. v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., 929 A.2d 932 (Md.App. 2007)
    • City of Houston v. United Water Services, Inc., 201 S.W.3d 690 (Tex. 2006)
    • Madisonville State Bank, N.A. v. Citizens Bank of Texas, N.A., et al., 184 S.W.3d 835 (Tex.App. Beaumont 2006)
    • Wells Fargo Bank Minnesota, N.A. v. Diamond Point Plaza L.P., et al., 908 A.2d 684 (Md.Ct.Sp. App. 2006)
    • United Water Services, Inc. v. The City of Houston, 137 S.W.3d 747 (Tex.App. (1st Dist.) 2004)
    • In re Wells Fargo Bank Minnesota N.A., 115 S.W.3d 600 (Tex.App. (14th Dist.) 2003)
    • Fetter v. Wells Fargo Bank Texas, N.A., 110 S.W.3d 683 (Tex.App. (14th Dist.) 2003)
    • Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s London, et al., v. Smith, 93 S.W.3d 657 (Tex.App. (14th Dist.) 2002)
    • Margraves v. State, 56 S.W.3d 673 (Tex.App. (14th Dist.) 2001)
    • Margraves v. State, 996 S.W.2d 290 (Tex.App.(14th Dist.) 1999)
    • Carpenter (Texas) Realty Corporation v. Allen Center Co. # 4, 974 S.W.2d 808 (Tex.App. (14th Dist.) 1998)
    • Tamez v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s, London, et al., 999 S.W.2d 12 (Tex.App. (14th Dist.) 1998)
    • Pickell v. Guaranty National Life Insurance Company, 917 S.W.2d 439 (Tex.App. (14th Dist.) 1996)
    • Cornerstones Municipal Utility District v. Monsanto Company, et al., 889 S.W.2d 570 (Tex.App. (14th Dist.) 1994)
    • Cornerstones Municipal Utility District v. Monsanto Company, et al., 865 S.W.2d 937 (Tex. 1993)
    • Gulf States Land & Development Inc., et al., v. The Ouachita National Bank in Monroe, 612 So.2d 1031 (La.Ct.App. (2nd Cir.) 1993)
    • Gulf States Land & Development, Inc., et al., v. Premier Bank N.A., et al., 956 F.2d 502 (5th Cir. 1992)
    • Texas-New Mexico Power Company v. Texas Industrial Energy Consumers, 806 S.W.2d 230 (Tex. 1991)
    • Ouachita National Bank in Monroe v. Gulf States Land & Development, Inc., 579 So.2d 1115 (La.Ct.App. (2d Cir.) 1991)
    • Ouachita National Bank v. Palowsky, 570 So.2d 114 (La.Ct.App. (2d Cir.) 1990)
    • United States v. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, 881 F.2d 207 (5th Cir. 1989)
    • Ouachita National Bank in Monroe v. Palowsky, 554 So.2d 108 (La.Ct.App. (2d Cir.) 1989)
    • Huston v. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, 800 S.W.2d 845 (Tex.1990)
    • Leach, et al., v. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, et al., 860 F.2d 1266 (5th Cir. 1988)
    • Unites States v. Lemaire, 826 F.2d 387 (5th Cir. 1987)
    • Matter of Brio Petroleum, Inc., Abilene National Bank v. Fina Supply, Inc., 800 F.2d 469 (5th Cir. 1986)
    • Continental Savings Association v. United States Fidelity and Guaranty Company, 762 F.2d 1239 (5th Cir. 1985)
    • Beckham v. City Wide Air Conditioning Company, Inc., 695 S.W.2d 660 (Tex.App. Dallas 1985)
    • Financial Universal Corporation v. Mercantile National Bank at Dallas, 683 S.W.2d 815 (Tex.App. Dallas 1984)
    • Holly v. Cannady, 669 S.W.2d 381 (Tex.App. Dallas 1984)
    • Delaporte v. Preston Square, Inc., 680 S.W.2d 561 (Tex.App. Dallas 1984)
    • Matrix, Inc. v. Provident American Insurance Co., et al., 658 S.W.2d 665 (Tex.App. Dallas 1983)
    • Huston v. Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., et al., 663 S.W.2d 126 (Tex.App. Eastland 1983)
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