JOY M. BRENNAN received her Bachelor of Arts degree with University and Foundation Honors from Texas A&M University in 2000, and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Texas School of Law in 2003. While in law school, Ms. Brennan was a member of the ABA Moot Court Team and a Notes Editor for the Review of Litigation. Ms. Brennan previously practiced in the areas of real estate and bankruptcy litigation with a law firm located in Dallas, Texas.
Ms. Brennan is licensed to practice law in the State of Texas. She is also admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, and Southern Districts of Texas, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of the United States. Ms. Brennan joined Smith & Carr, P.C. in 2008. In her time at Smith & Carr, P.C. she has worked extensively in litigation and appellate practice.
Ms. Brennan specializes in cases that involve complex legal issues, significant document production and discovery issues, and briefing before a trial court and court of appeals. She is able to address litigation needs of our clients in both subscriber and nonsubscriber litigation cases.
Ms. Brennan was the winning briefing attorney in Caldera v. The Insurance Company of the State of Pennsylvania, in which the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals held that a workers’ compensation claimant is required to exhaust his state administrative remedies before seeking recovery under the Medicare Secondary Payer Act (Case No. 12-40192). She has successfully argued multiple charge conferences at trial to obtain favorable jury charges that led to winning jury verdicts. Ms. Brennan also has substantial experience in dispositive motions practice. In addition to obtaining numerous judgments in state court via summary judgment, she obtained summary judgment in federal court on a variety of nonsubscriber ERISA claims. Additionally, she has extensive experience successfully arguing a variety of pretrial motions, including handling attempts to seek broad discovery against carriers in workers’ compensation cases.
She also volunteers her time as a member of the Houston Bar Association’s Campaign for the Homeless Committee. Mrs. Brennan's e-mail is email@example.com