Joseph Marrs

Top rated Estate & Trust Litigation attorney in Houston, Texas

Marrs Ellis & Hodge LLP
Joseph Marrs
Marrs Ellis & Hodge LLP

Practice Areas: Estate & Trust Litigation; view more

Licensed in Texas since: 2002

Education: The University of Texas School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2024 Selected to Rising Stars: 2013 - 2016

Marrs Ellis & Hodge LLP

9811 Katy Freeway
Suite 900
Houston, TX 77024 Visit website


A highly regarded civil trial lawyer, Joseph Marrs is a partner at Marrs Ellis & Hodge LLP. From the firm’s offices in Houston, Texas, he represents businesses and individuals throughout the state. Admitted to practice in Texas since 2002, Mr. Marrs is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas as well as before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit. He has received numerous awards and honors from his colleagues in recognition of his successful track record and high degree of ethics, including an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and being selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America.

A significant portion of Mr. Marrs’s practice is centered on probate, estate and trust litigation. He has represented trustees, executors, estate administrators, heirs, beneficiaries, and trust settlors in a variety of actions in court and before arbitration panels. Mr. Marrs’s cases in this regard have included will contests, allegations of breaches of fiduciary duties, mismanagement of trust assets, and other complex matters, and he has been able to obtain positive results for his clients.

Mr. Marrs has handled several types of cases outside of the trusts and estates area. His experience has included personal injury and wrongful death litigation, contract breaches, reverse-mortgage scams and other types of fraud, tortious interference, and life and property insurance policy coverage claims.

As an undergraduate, Mr. Marrs attended The University of Texas at Austin, majoring in Plan II honors and Latin and receiving a Bachelor of Arts with high honors in 1998. He remained on campus for his legal studies at the University of Texas at Austin School of Law, and he served on the Texas Law Review before being awarded his Juris Doctor in 2002.

* AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Estate & Trust Litigation

Focus areas

Will Contests

First Admitted: 2002, Texas

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Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • “Temporary Guardianships: When Are They Appropriate?” (coauthor), Guardianship Course 2003, Mar. 13, 2003, Dallas, Texas
  • “What the New ‘Fiduciary Rule’ Means for Trustees and Investment Advisors,” Fiduciary Litigation, Texas Bar CLE, Nov. 30-Dec. 1, San Antonio Texas
  • “Intestacy: No Will, Several Ways,” Austin Chronicle, May 30, 2004
  • “Wills: What Will You Do?,” Austin Chronicle, Apr. 7, 2004
  • “Playing the Probate Card: A Plaintiff’s Guide to Transfer to Statutory Probate Court,” 36 St. Mary’s L.J. 99 (2004)
  • “Avoiding Liability for Investing Trust Accounts: Trustees, FINRA, and Broker Liability,” Attorneys in Tax and Probate, Sept. 1, 2015
  • “How Not to Invest in a Trust: Pitfalls for Trustees and Brokers,” Bank of Texas and BOK, lunch series for CFP credit, Financial, Jan. 28, 2016
  • “Remedies for Mismanagement of Trust Assets,” 9th Annual Damages in Civil Litigation, Feb. 16-17, 2017, Houston, Texas
Educational Background:
  • B.A., Plan II and Latin, with high honors, University of Texas at Austin, 1998.

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

“Very knowledgeable, professional and of the highest integrity.”

“Joe is one of the best fiduciary, trust and estates lawyer in the State.”

“One of the best emminent domain lawyers in the state.”

“Joe is an excellent fiduciary litigator. He is a thoughtful advocate that looks for creative solutions but is also a terrific trial lawyer.”

“Joe is a leader in the field of probate and estate litigation.”

Office location for Joseph Marrs

9811 Katy Freeway
Suite 900
Houston, TX 77024

Phone: 888-671-9659


9 Years Super Lawyers
4 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2024
  • Rising Stars: 2013 - 2016

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