Born in 1975 and raised in Waco, Texas, Joey Messina founded The Messina Law Firm, PC in 2009. Before that, Mr. Messina practiced with a prominent mid-sized litigation firm in Dallas. Mr. Messina’s practice has focused on litigation in Texas State and Federal District Courts with various types of cases, representing both Plaintiffs and Defendants. Having had numerous jury and bench trials in various jurisdictions, Mr. Messina leverages his experience and comfort in the courtroom, along with his own business and real estate investment experiences, to provide clients competent assessments of their cases. This skill is important because it allows the client to make informed decisions at all stages, and to assess risk all the way through trial. Mr. Messina was a feature in the Wall Street Journal in 2011 (https://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424053111904233404576458514107499084)
Mr. Messina’s practice in the liquor liability (“Dram Shop”) practice area has flourished over the past five years. He has developed a strategy of prosecuting cases against providers of alcohol. Results speak for themselves and his services have benefited clients in need ranging from those who have been permanently disabled by a drunk driver, left without a spouse due to a drunk driver, and more importantly the children who have lost a parent due to drunk driving. Along these same lines, Mr. Messina has extensive experience in automobile accident cases, wrongful death cases, and premises liability cases. In 2013, Mr. Messina was part of a legal team that obtained the 8th largest settlement of the year per The National Law Journal October 21, 2013 publication, a top ten settlement in Texas for 2013, and the largest settlement in Panola County, Texas history.
In addition to the personal injury cases, Mr. Messina handles various business litigation cases involving breach of contract, fiduciary duties, partnership disputes, real estate and construction litigation, trade secrets, shareholder derivative claims, business fraud, and non-competition/non-solicitation. Comfort in the courtroom and willingness to try the case sets Mr. Messina apart from his adversaries in these areas.
Mr. Messina also advises clients in their general business dealings. Litigation experience, a former career in public accounting at Ernst & Young, and personal business and real estate investment history provide perspective his clients appreciate.
Mr. Messina is licensed to practice law in the State of Texas and is a member of the State Bar of Texas. Mr. Messina is admitted to practice in Texas and the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Federal District Courts of Texas. Mr. Messina is a member of the Dallas Bar Association, Texas Trial Lawyers’ Association, Dallas Trial Lawyers Association, American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, and both the Texas State Board of Public Accountants and the AICPA.
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