Joel Hayter



Joel received a BA in Mathematics from the University of Washington in 2004.  He received a JD from South Texas College of Law in 2011. His wife, Paula, received a Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in 2016 and is a clinical research associate.  They have two sons, Austin and Ashton.



Joel began working for Randy as a law clerk in 2008 and became an associate when he was licensed in 2011.



Joel is licensed to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas; and the Texas state courts.



Joel is a member of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and the Harris County Criminal Lawyers Association. 



Joel presented a packet to a grand jury that resulted in a no-bill for a military veteran who was charged with assault on a public servant.

Joel obtained a dismissal for a restaurant manager charged with possession of a controlled substance.

Joel obtained a dismissal for an oil and gas well site manager charged with terroristic threat.

Joel obtained a dismissal for an oil and gas sales manager charged with public intoxication.


Joel obtained dismissals for a high school student charged with public intoxication, minor in possession of alcohol, and possession of drug paraphernalia.


Joel obtained a dismissal for a high school student charged with possession of marijuana.


Joel obtained dismissals for high school students charged with theft.



A mother whose son was arrested for an out-of-state felony possession of a forged instrument wrote the following email to Joel after he obtained an expunction of her son's arrest:

"Our whole family agrees that you've been exactly what anyone could hope for in an attorney, the whole package.  We are extremely grateful to have found you and for your assistance throughout this stressful experience."

Floyd Blount, serving a 30-year sentence for aggravated assault, wrote the following letter to Joel after the conclusion of his habeas corpus proceeding:


"I just want to thank you for all your hard work that everyone did for me in this case.  I believe each and every one of you are tremendous lawyers.  Thank you, and may God bless you and your families greatly.  I believe He already has, because y'all are truly gifted."


Joseph Flores, serving a life sentence for attempted capital murder of a police officer and 60 years for aggravated robbery, wrote the following letter to Joel while his habeas corpus proceeding was pending:


“I am writing you these few lines just to wish you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.  I also wanted to thank you for all the wonderful work you are doing on my behalf . . . .  You seem to be a very sincere man with integrity and honor, which is something you don’t find too much anymore on either side of the justice system.  I am very thankful to have you representing me and even more thankful to have met you.”


John Gillum, serving a 65-year sentence for murder, wrote the following letter to Joel after receiving the habeas corpus application, brief, and exhibits that he filed on his behalf:


“Please allow me to commend you on such a well done job.  It is ‘short and sweet’ as the saying goes, straight to the point, nothing unnecessary, long, and drawn out . . . .  Thank you very much for your time and help.  I really appreciate it.  God bless you, your endeavors, and your family.”


An oil and gas well site manager wrote the following email to Joel after she obtained a dismissal of her terroristic threat case on the eve of trial.

"Sincere thanks and gratitude for your work done on my case. It feels so good to be reaching the end of this fiasco! You are fantastic."