Joseph F. Brophy

Top rated civil litigation attorney in Austin, Texas

Brophy & Devaney
Joseph F. Brophy
Brophy & Devaney

Practice Areas: Civil litigation, Business & corporate, Family law; view more

Licensed in Texas since: 1993

Education: St. Mary's University School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2011, 2021 - 2023 Selected to Rising Stars: 2004 - 2005

Brophy & Devaney

317 Grace Lane
Suite 210
Austin, TX 78746 Visit website


As partner at Brophy & Devaney, PLLC, Joseph F. Brophy has almost three decades of litigation and transactional experience and currently represents clients in Texas. His practice areas include family law, corporate work and transaction law, strategic counsel, FINRA arbitration, securities litigation, construction law, shareholder representation and litigation, commercial and residential real estate, labor and employment law, and civil and business litigation.

In 1989, Mr. Brophy graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance. He then attended St. Mary’s University School of Law, where he graduated magna cum laude with his Juris Doctor. While attending law school, he was a member of the John Harlan Academic Honor Society and Senior Associate Editor of St. Mary’s Law Journal.

A Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, Mr. Brophy has been named one of Texas’ Best Lawyers in several publications, including the following: The Wall Street Journal, the San Antonio Express-News, the Dallas Morning News and the Houston Chronicle. Named as one of America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators, he was also one of the Top 100 Lawyers in America named by Princeton Global Network.

Mr. Brophy is actively involved in a wide variety of legal organizations. These include The State Bar of Texas, the San Antonio Bar Association, the Austin Bar Association, the San Antonio Young Lawyers Association, the American Bar Association, the Dallas Bar Association and the Texas Trial Lawyers Association. He also participates on several committees within those organizations and gives back to the community by volunteer with Volunteer Legal Services and with the Texas Bar Foundation.

Practice areas

Civil litigation: plaintiff, Business/corporate, Family law

Focus areas

Business formation and planning, Business organizations, Child support, Custody & visitation, Divorce

  • 70% Civil litigation: plaintiff
  • 20% Business/corporate
  • 10% Family law

First Admitted: 1993, Texas

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Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Volunteer Legal Services, volunteer at legal clinics for the poor (2000-2003)
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Austin Bar Association (Litigation, Business Law & Real Estate Sections)
  • Board of Directors, Austin Young Layers Association (1998-2000)
  • Texas Delegate, American Bar Association (1999)
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation (2002-present)
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Nominations Co-Chair for District IX (2003)
  • Co-Chair and Vice-Chair, TYLA/ACTL National Trial Competition (2000-2004)
  • Board Member, Texas Young Lawyers Association (2000-2004)
  • TYLA Liaison, State Bar of Texas Litigation Council (2001-2004)
  • Editorial Board Member for “The Advocate” published by the State Bar of Texas Litigation Council (2003-2006)
  • Barrister, Robert W. Calvert American Inn of Court CXVIII (2004-2007)
  • Chair and Co-Chair, Austin’s Ultimate Trial Notebook Seminar (2005-2008)
  • Austin Bar Association Litigation Council: Past Chair (2009-2010), Chairman of the Board (2007-2008), Vice-Chair (2006-2007), Board Member (2001-2005)
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Senior Associate Editor, St. Mary’s Law Journal, St. Mary’s University School of Law
  • , Princeton Global Networks’ Top 100 Lawyers in America (2013-2014)
  • , Phi Delta Phi Academic Honor Fraternity, St. Mary’s University School of Law
  • , John Harlan Academic Honor Society, St. Mary’s University School of Law
  • , Texas’ Best Lawyers in the Houston Chronicle, Dallas Morning News, San Antonio Express-News, the Wall Street Journal
  • , Thomson Reuter's Texas Super Lawyers Top Rated Business & Securities Litigation Lawyers-Austin (2016)
  • , BL Ranking's Best Lawyers, Texas Best Lawyers (2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019), Austin and San Antonio editions
  • , America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators
  • , BL Ranking's Best Lawyers in America in Commercial Litigation (2013-2020)

Office location for Joseph F. Brophy

317 Grace Lane
Suite 210
Austin, TX 78746

Phone: 512-764-3895


4 Years Super Lawyers
2 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2011, 2021 - 2023
  • Rising Stars: 2004 - 2005

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