Joseph Indelicato, Jr.

Mr. Indelicato is a native Houstonian who became licensed to practice law in Texas by the Texas Supreme Court in 1988. The following year he was licensed by the U.S. District Court, Southern District, and in 1990, he became licensed in the Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia. In 1993, Mr. Indelicato became Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Through his litigation and mediation experience, Mr. Indelicato has a great deal to offer a client involved in a family law dispute. In addition to his litigation experience, his certification and training in mediation and arbitration allow him to offer his services and experience to other lawyers in Alternative Dispute Resolution proceedings.

Dedicated to the development of the practice of family law, Mr. Indelicato often accepts invitations to speak on current family law issues. He has also served in numerous leadership positions and committees to encourage positive developments in family law.

  • EDUCATION
    • South Texas College of Law (J.D., 1988)
    • Sam Houston State University (B.B.A., 1981)
  • LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS
    • State Bar of Texas (1988)
    • Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization (since 1993)
    • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and American Bar Association – trained as arbitrator in matrimonial arbitration Advanced Mediation Training-Family Law, A.A. White Resolution Institute
    • Mediation Training, A. White Dispute Resolution Institute Mediation Training, Texas Council on Family Violence
  • RECOGNITIONS & AWARDS
    • The David A. Gibson Award for Professionalism and Excellence in the Practice of Family Law, 2018
    • The Joseph McKnight, Best Family Law CLE Article, 2013
    • Listed in Texas Super Lawyers, Texas Monthly Magazine
    • Listed H-Texas Magazine, Houston Top Lawyer
    • Listed H-Texas Magazine, Houston Top Family Lawyers Martindale-Hubble, AV Peer Review Rated
    • Best Lawyers in America, Family Law Houstonia Magazine, Top Family Lawyers
  • PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES & ASSOCIATIONS
    • Chair, State Bar of Texas Family Law Section, 2021-2022
    • Course Director, Advanced Family Law Seminar, 2021
    • Course Director, New Frontiers in Marital Property, 2016
    • Course Director, Ultimate Trial Notebook-Family Law
    • Secretary, Family Bar of Fort Bend, 2020 to present
    • Past Director, State Bar of Texas
    • Chair, Professional Development Program, State Bar of Texas 2016-2017
    • Chairperson, Awards and Scholarship Committee, State Bar of Texas Family Law Council 2014-2018
    • Past Director, Texas Family Law Foundation
    • Past President, Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists (officer since 2008);(director 2002 – 2005);(member since 1994)
    • Past President, Gulf Coast Family Law Specialist
    • Past President, Houston Chapter, Burta Rhodes Raborn Family Inns of Court
    • Editor, Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists – Newsletter “Family Law Forum” (2005-2008)
    • Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
    • Fellow, International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
    • Fellow, Texas Chapter of American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
    • Member of the College of the State Bar of Texas
    • Past Director, Houston Bar Association – Family Law Section
    • Former Investigator/Litigator, The Supreme Court of Texas, Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee Past Chairperson, State Bar Grievance Committee 4A-1
    • Member, Family Law Section, State Bar of Texas Member, Gulf Coast Family Law Specialist
    • Member, Family Bar of Ft Bend
    • Member, Ft Bend County Bar Association
    • Sustaining Life Fellow, Texas Family Law Foundation
    • Life Fellow, Houston Bar Foundation
    • Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • LEGAL SEMINARS & PUBLICATIONS
    • Speaker/Author, Discovery Rules and How They are Affecting Your Practice, w/ Hon. Patrick Bulanek and Hon. Kali Morgan Paper presented by Hon. Patrick Bulanek, Hon. Kali Morgan, and J. Indelicato, Jr. at the Advanced Family Law Seminar, San Antonio, August 2023.
    • Speaker/Author, Enforcements, at the 25th Annual Summer School Seminar, Galveston, July 2023.
    • Speaker/Author, Discovery, at the Marriage Dissolution 101 Seminar, Fort Worth, April 2023
    • Speaker/Author, Expert Testimony, at the Advanced Trial Skills for Lawyers Seminar, New Orleans, December 2022.
    • Speaker/Author, Deciphering Tax Returns, at the 24th Annual Summer School Seminar, Galveston, July 2022.
    • Speaker/Author, Basic Inventory, at the Marriage Dissolution 101 Seminar, April 2022.
    • Speaker/Author, Discovery, at the Marriage Dissolution 101 Webinar, April 2021.
    • Speaker/Author, Folsom Prison Blues: Enforcement with Contempt, w/ Hon. G. Tanner at the Advanced Family Law Seminar, San Antonio, August 2020.
    • Speaker/Author, Discovery, at the Marriage Dissolution 101 Seminar, Fort Worth, April 2019.
    • Speaker/Author, Deposition on Written Questions and Non-Party Discovery, at the Advanced Family Law Drafting Seminar, Dallas, December 2019.
    • Speaker/Author, Come and Take It! Objections, Privileges, Motions to Compel and Discovery, with Hon. S. Beauchamp, and G. Nickelson, at the Advanced Family Law Seminar, San Antonio, August 2019.
    • Speaker/Author, Trial Evidence: Getting It In or Keeping It Out, 2020, Advanced Trial Skills For Family Lawyers
    • Speaker/Author, Come and Take It! Objections Privileges, Motion to Compel and Discovery, 2019, Advanced Family Law Seminar
    • Speaker/Author, Proving Up Your Attorney’s Fees, 2019, Marriage Dissolution Institute
    • Speaker/Author, Consulting Experts: Who’s Behind the Curtain?, 2018 Advanced Trial Skills for Family Lawyers Conference Speaker/Author, The Runaway Amicus, 2018 Advanced Family Law Course
    • Speaker/Author, Enforceable Orders, 2018 Family Law Bar Conference Speaker/Co-Author, Limited Scope Representation, 2018 Marriage Dissolution Speaker/Author, Enforceable Orders, 2017 Advanced Family Law Drafting
    • Speaker/Author, Underutilized Discovery Methods and Discovery to Third Parties, 2017 Advanced Family Law
    • Speaker/Author, How to Obtain Social Media Evidence and Get it Admitted in Evidence; Sex, Drugs, and Surveillance Course, State Bar of Texas 2017
    • Moderator, Courtroom Evidence and Demonstration, Marriage Dissolution 2017
    • Speaker/Author, Defending & Excluding Evidence Based on Discovery, 2016 Marriage Dissolution Speaker/Author, Discovery on a Budget, 2015 Advanced Family Law Drafting
    • Speaker/Author, Child Support Outside the Box “When the Guidelines Don’t’ Fit”, 2015 Advanced Family Law Seminar Speaker/Author, Informal and Mediated Settlement Agreements, 2015 Marriage Dissolution 101
    • Speaker/Author, Show me the Money, Using Technology to Create and Present Inventories and Other Financial Documents, 2014 Family Law Technology
    • Speaker/Author, To Bundle or Not to Unbundle, 2014 Advanced Family Law Course
    • Speaker/Co-Author, Phase Three-Pretrial and Trial, Family Law 101 Course, 2014 Advanced Family Law Course Speaker/Co-Author, To Object or Not to Object, That is the Question, 2013 Advanced Family Law Course Speaker/Co-Author, Social Media and Your Clients, Marriage Dissolution Institute, April 2013
    • Speaker/Co-Author, Criminal and Ethical Considerations in the Age of Technology, 2012 Advanced Family Law Course Speaker/Co-Author, Parentage, State Bar College 14th Annual Summer School, July 2012
    • Speaker/Co-Author, Ethical Pitfalls of Social Media, Marriage Dissolution Institute, 2012
    • Speaker/Co-Author, Social Networking and Getting e-Evidence, 2011 Advanced Family Law Drafting Course Speaker/Co-Author, Hearsay, 2011 Texas Advanced Family Law Seminar
    • Speaker/Co-Author, Top Ten Tips in a Custody Case, State Bar College 13th Annual Summer School, July 2011 Speaker/Author, Things Clients Do on Social Media That Get Them in Trouble, Marriage Dissolution Institute, 2011
    • Speaker/Co-Author, Trial Tactics & Evidence, 2011 Parent Child Relationships: Critical Thinking for Critical Issues, January 2011 Speaker/Co-Author, Discovery & Drafting in the Computer Age, Advanced Family Law Drafting Course, 2010
    • Speaker/Author, Electronic Evidence, Marriage Dissolution, 2010
    • Speaker/Author, Witness Preparation and Assessment, The Ultimate Trial Notebook; Family Law 2009 Speaker/Moderator, Electronic Evidence Workshop, Advanced Family Law Course 2009
    • Speaker/Author, Getting Information from 3rd Parties about Kids, Parent-Child Relationships, Critical thinking for Critical Issues, University of Texas, Austin
    • Speaker/Author, The Amicus Attorney, State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting, Family Law Section, Continuing Education Program, 2008
    • Speaker, Harris County Youth and Family Services 5th Annual Conference on Youth and Families, Testimonial Two-Step: What Works in the Courtroom, 2008
    • Speaker, Galveston County Bar Foundation, Child Custody Evaluations, Ethics and Investigating Allegations of Sexual Abuse, 2008 – Direct & Cross Examination of a Custody Evaluator
    • Speaker, South Texas College of Law, Annual Family Law Conference 2008 – Appealing Your Family Law Case Speaker/Author, The University of Texas School of Law: Effective Family Law Practice, The Definitive Short Course on Parent- Child Relationships 2007, The World of Court Appointees: Amicus Attorneys, Attorney Ad Litems, Guardian Ad Litems and Social Studies
    • Speaker/Author, Advanced Family Law Practice for Paralegals: Handling Financial Issues at a Higher Level 2007 – Effective Presentation of Financial Matters – Financial Information Statements, Inventory & Appraisements, and Proposed Property Divisions
    • Speaker/Author, Advanced Family Law Course 2006 – Who Represents the Child? Not Me, I am the Amicus Attorney!
    • Speaker, Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists Trial Institute 2006 – Litigating the Case – The Trial
    • Speaker/Author, Advanced Family Law Drafting Course 2005 – “It Don’t Mean a Thing if it Ain’t Got that Swing” – Tips from the Bench
    • Speaker/Author/Course Director, Advanced Family Law Course 2004 – Law Office Management Boot Camp
    • Speaker/Author, Houston Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Seminar, 2004 – Family Law for the General Practitioner
    • Speaker, 309th Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas 2003, Ad Litem’s Interaction with Mental Health Professional
    • Co-Course Director, 309th Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas, 2003, Ad Litem Course Speaker/Author, 309th Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas 2003, Ad Litem’s Role in Trial Speaker, South Texas College of Law, Family Law Conference, 2003 – Working with Ad Litems
    • Speaker/Author, Advanced Family Law Course, 2002 – ANALYZE THIS! The Use of Mental Health Professionals in Ways Other Than Custody Evaluations
    • Speaker/Author, South Texas College of Law, 2002 – Ad Litem Appointments in Publication Divorce
    • Speaker, State Bar of Texas, Pro Bono Seminar, 2001 – Terminations and Adoptions
    • Speaker, HBA Pro se Drafting Clinic, 2001 – Pro Se Pleadings
    • Speaker, Texas Family Law Practice for Paralegals, 2001 – Handling Custody Disputes
    • Speaker/Author, South Texas College of Law, Family Law Conference, 2001 – Depositions and Other Forms of Discovery “What you Don’t Know Can Hurt You”
    • Moderator, South Texas College of Law, Family Law Conference, 2001 Speaker, State Bar of Texas, Telephone Seminar, 2000 – Value of Real Property