Joseph L. Lanza
Joseph L. Lanza is the Managing Attorney for Vethan Law Firm P.C.’s San Antonio, Texas office. Mr. Lanza litigates cases ranging from the enforcement of non-competition provisions in contracts, misappropriation of trade secrets, breaches of contracts and fiduciary duties, and patent and trademark infringement. Since joining the Vethan Law Firm, Mr. Lanza has been closely involved in the litigation of several trade secret misappropriation and non-competition agreement cases, and undertaken several appeals. In 2013, Mr. Lanza successfully protected a $700,000 judgment obtained by the Vethan Law Firm’s client at trial before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Prior to joining the Vethan Law Firm in 2012, Mr. Lanza worked 16-years for Richard “Racehorse” Haynes, where he handled a wide-range of civil and criminal cases at the trial and appellate levels. In 2007, he successfully spearheaded a civil rights case against the City of Houston arising out of the arrests of over 150 people in a K-Mart parking lot. He was also the prevailing attorney in Sims v. State, 99 S.W.3d 600 (Tex.Crim.App. 2003), which has been positively cited over 1380 times since. Between 1993 and 1995, he worked as a briefing attorney for two years for the Fourteenth Court of Appeals in Houston. Mr. Lanza has published and co-published numerous articles in professional and trade journals, and has been a guest speaker at trade conventions in the hospitality industry.
Mr. Lanza graduated from the South Texas College of Law in 1992.
In addition to being admitted to practice before Texas courts, he is admitted before the Fifth and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals for the United States, and the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of Texas, and the District of Colorado. He has also previously been admitted to practice before the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals for the United States.
As a member of The Vethan Law Firm, Mr. Lanza’s practice areas include civil appellate, business and commercial litigation, and intellectual property.