Joe Lovell

Joe L. Lovell


Joe Lovell is an experienced trial lawyer and partner with Lovell, Lovell, Isern & Farabough, LLP, focusing his practice on complex civil litigation, including catastrophic personal injury and a wide variety of civil and business claims. He began his legal career in Amarillo, Texas in 1987 after working in commercial banking. With over 35 years of trial experience, Joe is one of only a very small number of Texas lawyers to qualify as double Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law and Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Joe has also had an extensive civil appellate practice, with many published opinions from state and federal trial and appellate courts.  He is licensed to practice law in Texas, New Mexico, and Colorado

Joe loves to try cases.

Of his work, his peers respect his tenacity and his ethics, saying, “Joe always provides his clients with outstanding representation,” and “he is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.”

No stranger to hard work, Joe graduated both undergraduate and graduate school with academic honors. He graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics, magna cum laude, in 1980. After working four years as a commercial banker, he returned to school and earned his law degree from Texas Tech University School of Law in 1987, cum laude. During law school, Joe earned numerous accolades, including representing his law school on two intercollegiate mock trial competition teams, one of which was regional tournament champion and national tournament quarterfinalist.  Joe was also a three-time champion of intra-school advanced mock trial competitions, served as Associate Editor of the Texas Tech Law Review, selected to the invitation-only Order of Barristers and the Order of the Coif, and earned several other awards for writing, advocacy, and academic excellence.

He has been selected by his peers for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers every year since 2006 and earned a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rating. Texas Watch honored him as a “Champion of Justice” from 2005-2006. His professional affiliations include membership in the State Bar of Texas, American Board of Trial Advocates, Amarillo Area Bar Association, Texas Trial Lawyers Association, American Association of Justice, and the Panhandle Trial Lawyers Association.

Outside of work, Joe is devoted to the Amarillo area community and proudly supports a variety of local causes, including serving on the boards of Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch and the Armstrong County Museum and Goodnight Historical Center.

  • Texas Tech University School of Law, Juris Doctorate, cum laude, 1987
    • National Trial Competition, Mock Trial Team, Regional Champion, National Quarter Finalist, 1987
    • Association of Trial Lawyers of America (AAJ) Mock Trial Team, 1986
    • Three-time Champion, Intra-School Advanced Mock Trial Competitions, 1985-1987
    • Texas Tech Law Review, 1985-1987, Associate Editor
    • Order of Barristers, 1987
    • Order of the Coif, 1987
    • Multiple awards for legal writing and academic excellence, including an award for a law review article
  • Texas Tech University, Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics, magna cum laude, 1980
  • Texas, 1987
  • Colorado, 2016
  • New Mexico, 2018
  • The U. S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • The U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico
  • The U. S. District Court for the District of North Dakota
  • The Board of U. S. Immigration Appeals
  • Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1994
  • Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1993
  • Civil Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • TEX-ABOTA, Inc., Texas Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates,
    • Amarillo Chapter, Past President, 2020
    • Amarillo Chapter, Treasurer 2018
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Associate Member
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association
    • Amicus Committee member
    • Former member of Board of Directors
    • Former CLE Committee member
    • Former Nominating Committee member
    • Former Membership Committee member
  • Panhandle Trial Lawyers Association, Past President
  • South Plains Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • American Association of Justice, Member
  • State Bar of Texas, Member
  • Amarillo Area Bar Association, Member
  • The State Bar of New Mexico, Member
  • New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • A Practical Guide to Fee Shifting for Texas Lawyers,Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Midyear Conference, 2017
  • Texas A&M AgriLife Western Anadarko Energy Conference, October 2015, 2016, 2018
  • The Thomas Jefferson Hour radio program and podcast (guest host), 2016 (two episodes)
  • Theodore Roosevelt Symposium, Bismarck State College, Prosecutor, 2015
  • The Hemphill County Mini Ag Conference, September 2015
  • Paid or Incurred Medical Expense Recoveries, State Bar of Texas 23rd Annual Advanced Personal Injury Law Course, Dallas, 2007
  • Proving Gross Negligence/Malice, Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Annual Meeting, 2005
  • Litigating Cessations of Production and Lease Termination – Back to the Basics, State Bar of Texas – 18th Annual Advanced Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Course, 2000
  • Los Barrios de Amarillo
  • Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch, Board of Directors
  • Armstrong County Museum and Goodnight Historical Center, Board of Directors

Personal Injury

  • Gore v. Faye, 253 S.W.3d 785 (Tex. App.–Amarillo 2008, no pet.).
  • Diamond Shamrock Refining Co. v. Hall, 168 S.W.3d 164 (Tex. 2005).
  • Hall v. Diamond Shamrock Refining Co., 82 S.W.3d 5 (Tex. App.–San Antonio 2001), rev’d, 168 S.W.3d 164 (Tex. 2005).
  • Lee Lewis Const., Inc. v. Harrison, 64 S.W.3d 1 (Tex. App.–Amarillo 1999), aff’d, 70 S.W.3d 778 (Tex. 2001).

Medical Negligence

  • In re Covenant Health System, 223 S.W.3d 423 (Tex. App.–Amarillo 2006, orig. proceeding).
  • In re Covenant Med. Center, 167 S.W.3d 919 (Tex. App.–Amarillo 2005, orig. proceeding).
  • In re Woman’s Hosp. of Texas, Inc., 141 S.W.3d 144 (Tex. 2004).
  • In re Barker, 110 S.W.3d 486 (Tex. App.–Amarillo 2003, orig. proceeding).
  • Kimber v. Sideris, 8 S.W.3d 672 (Tex. App.–Amarillo 1999, no writ).

Oil & Gas Disputes

  • B.P. Am. Prod. Co.v. Laddex, Ltd., 513 S.W.3d 476 (Tex. 2017).
  • Crawford v. XTO Energy, Inc.,  509 S.W.3d 906 (Tex. 2017).
  • Crawford v. XTO Energy, Inc., 455 S.W.3d 245 (Tex. App. –Amarillo 2015), rev’d, 509 S.W.3d 906 (Tex. 2017)
  • BP Am. Prod.Co. v. Laddex, Ltd., 458 S.W.3d 683 (Tex.App.–Amarillo February 17, 2015) aff’d, 513 S.W.3d 476 (Tex. 2017).
  • BP Am. Prod. Co. v. Red Deer Res., LLC, 466 S.W.3d 335 (Tex. App. 2015), rev’d, BP Am. Prod. Co. v.Red Deer Res., LLC, 526 S.W.3d 389 (Tex. 2017)
  • Phillips Petroleum Co. v. Yarbrough, 12-0198, 2013 WL 3119574 (Tex. June 21, 2013)
  • Petro Pro, Ltd. v. Upland Resources, Inc., 279 S.W.3d 743 (Tex. App.–Amarillo 2007, pet. denied).
  • Natural Gas Pipeline Co. v. Pool, 124 S.W.3d 188 (Tex. 2003).
  • Anadarko Petroleum Corp. v. Thompson, 94 S.W.3d 550 (Tex. 2003).
  • Natural Gas Pipeline Co. v. Law, 65 S.W.3d 121 (Tex. App.–Amarillo 2001, pet. denied).
  • Anadarko Petroleum Corp. v. Thompson, 60 S.W.3d 134 (Tex. App.–Amarillo 2000), rev’d, 94 S.W.3d 550 (Tex. 2003).
  • Krabbe v. Anadarko Petroleum Corp., 46 S.W.3d 308 (Tex. App.–Amarillo 2001, pet. denied).
  • Natural Gas Pipeline Co. v. Pool, 30 S.W.3d 639 (Tex. App.–Amarillo 2000), rev’d, 124 S.W.3d 188 (Tex. 2003).
  • Natural Gas Pipeline Co. v. Pool, 30 S.W.3d 618 (Tex. App.–Amarillo 2000), rev’d, 124 S.W.3d 188 (Tex. 2003).
  • Axelson v. McIlhaney, 798 S.W.2d 550 (Tex. 1990).
  • Axelson v. McIlhaney, 755 S.W.2d 170 (Tex. App.–Amarillo 1988, orig. proceeding).

Real Property Disputes

  • Abraham Inv. Co. v. Payne Ranch, Inc., 968 S.W.2d 518 (Tex. App.–Amarillo 1998, writ denied).


  • McMorde v. Sanchez, 2021 WL 5137552 (Tex.App—Amarillo 2021, pet pending).
  • Sullivan v. Abraham, 472 S.W.3d 677 (Tex. App.—Amarillo 2014, pet. granted).
  • Abraham v. Greer, 07-12-00494-CV, 2014 WL 3732893 (Tex. App.—Amarillo July 25, 2014, pet. granted)
  • Sullivan v. Abraham, 07-17-00125-CV, 2018 WL 845615 (Tex. App.—Amarillo Feb. 13, 2018, no pet.)
  • Greer v. Abraham, 489 S.W.3d 440 (Tex. 2016), reh’g denied (June 3, 2016)
  • Sullivan v. Abraham, 488 S.W.3d 294 (Tex. 2016)
  • Guest v. Phillips Petroleum Co., 981 F.2d 218 (5th Cir. 1993).
  • In re SAV and KEV, 837 S.W.2d 80 (Tex 1992).
  • In re SAV, 798 S.W.2d 293 (Tex. App.–Amarillo 1990), aff’d in part, rev’d in part, 837 S.W.2d 80 (Tex. 1992)

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