Over the course of his career, Joe has handled the most complex of family law cases including those involving extensive property issues, custody disputes, child custody and support modifications, and property division. His extensive trial experience in numerous trials across Texas, coupled with his work as a mediator and collaborative law practitioner enable him to be an excellent advocate for clients with any family law issue.
Joe’s clients find him to be compassionate, highly responsive, strategic, and thorough, tailoring his handling of their case to meet their needs and best interest. In cases where children are involved, Joe recognizes the need to achieve outcomes that protect the children and keep the family unit as intact as possible. Highly regarded by his peers, Joe is often asked to consult with other law firms on difficult family law issues.
In an effort to meet the unique needs of his clients, Joe became certified as a Collaborative Family Law Attorney in 2001. While the collaborative approach is not for everyone, some parties find that they are able to resolve all aspects of their divorce without going to court. Joe can best help clients determine if this process is appropriate in their particular case.
As a highly recognized Mediator and Arbitrator, Joe has conducted over 2,000 mediations in a wide variety of cases in communities in Texas and over 60 arbitrations. He is a past President of the Association of Attorney-Mediators Cen-Tex Chapter and a past chairman of the Travis County Bar Association ADR Committee. Joe has been a Guest Lecturer and Trainer for Negotiation and Mediation at the University of Texas School of Law.
Joe and the members of the Milner Law Firm are deeply dedicated to our community. Joe has served as President of the Rotary Club of Austin, Assistant District Governor for Rotary International, on the original Board of Hospice Austin, President of the Austin Mental Health Association, Board Member of District Nine Grievance Committee of the State Bar of Texas, and Legal Counsel, Secretary and Board Member for Christina’s Smile for the past 17 years. He has been a volunteer for dozens of local organizations, fundraisers, and projects.