Joe Tanguma
Counsel

T:     (512)580-5730
jtanguma@thompsonhorton.com

Education
  • J.D., The University of Texas School of Law, 2000
  • B.A., The University of Texas at Austin, 1997

Bar Admissions

  • Texas

Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of the United States of America
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern, Eastern, Southern, Western Districts of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit

Affiliations and Honors

  • Bar Association of the Fifth Circuit
  • Texas Association of School Boards – Council of School Attorneys
  • State Bar of Texas, School Law Section, Labor and Employment Law Section, Appellate Section, and Litigation Section
  • American Bar Association
  • College of the State Bar of Texas

 

 

 

Joe R. Tanguma hails from a family of lifetime educators and has been zealously working for public school districts and colleges since 2000. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in History from University of Texas and graduated with his law degree from the University Of Texas School Of Law

Joe’s practice is diverse; he has assisted schools on a broad range of legal issues, including those relating to general school law, board governance, employment law, constitutional rights, business transactions and litigation. The wide array of knowledge and experience that he has is cost-effective for schools and allows him to give timely, accurate and practical advice that allows the client to make informed decisions and cost/risk assessments with their options.

He is also sought out for legal advice and assistance by other lawyers and school district associations on complex litigation issues reaching the highest levels. For example, he has successfully argued multiple times for school districts before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on special education matters and defended those favorable decisions before the Supreme Court of the United States of America. The National School Board Association retained him to serve as their legal counsel on behalf of a Colorado school district before both the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, as well as the United States Supreme Court. He has similarly been retained to serve as legal counsel for the Texas Association of School Boards Legal Assistance Fund on behalf of multiple Texas public schools and the UIL. His work as an appellate litigator has helped create favorable law for schools throughout the state and nation.

In 2004 and 2006, he was selected as a Texas Rising Star in Education Law and was recognized in Texas Monthly and the Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star edition. Joe has provided training for administrators and educators in a myriad of public education topics at the national, state and local level, and has provided continuing legal education for attorneys in the area of school law at the state and national level as well.

PUBLICATIONS AND SPEECHES

  • National School Board Association Council of School Attorneys Annual Conference, Armed Guards in Schools (2014)
  • Texas Association of School Boards/Texas Association of School Administrators Conference, Transgender Issues for School Districts (2014)
  • Texas Association of School Boards/Texas Association of School Administrators Conference, Superintendent Contracts (2013)
  • Texas Association of School Boards National School Board Association Council of School Attorneys, Liability Standards for Violence (2013)
  • Texas School Administrator’s Legal Digest Lead Article: What Every School Administrator Should Know About Retaliation Claims (2013)
  • Texas School Administrator’s Legal Digest Lead Article: Dealing with Student Off-Campus Conduct and First Amendment Rights (2012)
  • LRP Special Education School Attorneys Conference, Attorneys Fees in Special Education Litigation (2013)
  • LRP Special Education School Attorneys Conference, Ethics in Special Education Litigation (2013)
  • LRP Special Education School Attorneys Conference, Remedies (2012)

REPRESENTATIVE CASES

  • RR by his next friend ER v. El Paso Independent School District, Case No. 09-1127, in the Supreme Court of the United States of America
  • R.H. by his next friends Emily and Matthew H. v. Plano Independent School District, Case No. 10-436, in the Supreme Court of the United States of America
  • Jefferson County R-1 v. Elizabeth E., Case No. 12-1175, in the Supreme Court of the United States of America (served as Amicus Counsel for the National School Board Association, Colorado School Board Association, Kansas School Board Association, New Mexico School Board Association, Oklahoma School Board Association, Utah School Board Association)
  • El Paso Independent School District v, Richard R., et. al., Cause Nos. 08-50830, 08-50906, 08-51314, in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (included oral argument)
  • Unidentified Party, et. al. v. Plano Independent School District, Cause No. 09-40369, in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (included oral argument)
  • Richardson Independent School District v. Z., et. al, Cause No. 08-10604, consolidated with Cause No. 08-10605, in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (included oral argument)
  • Gary G. v. El Paso Independent School District, Cause No. 09-50965, in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (included oral argument)
  • M.L. v. Frisco Independent School District, Cause No. 10-40976, in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (included oral argument)
  • S.H. v. Plano Independent School District, Cause No. 11-40518, in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (included oral argument)
  • J.C. v. Northside Independent School District, Case No. 10-51046, in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • A.O. v. El Paso Independent School District, Cause No. 09-50332, in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • Ruben A. v. v. El Paso Independent School District, Cause No. 09-50966, in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • A.L. v. El Paso Independent School District, Cause No. 09-50436, in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit