Joseph “Joey” Mongaras takes on some of the most challenging criminal cases and vigorously represents his clients in felony charges on the state and federal level. Throughout his career, Joey has handled over 500 cases and is a proven trial attorney. Joey is respected amongst his peers, adversaries, and judges. He has tried federal cases including fraud, robbery, possession of child pornography, and felon in possession of firearms. Understanding that every client’s case is important, he works hard to receive the best possible outcome. Joey has defended clients against charges of murder, negligent homicide, assault, and represents clients federally charged with health care fraud, kidnapping, robbery, and drug conspiracies.
One of his most notable cases led to an appearance before the Supreme Court of the United States. Joey’s client was charged with robbing four convenience stores and using a firearm during the robberies. After trial, Joey appealed the case and argued at the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. After the Fifth Circuit ruled in his client’s favor, the case was brought before the Supreme Court. The main issue at the Supreme Court was whether the residual clause of 18 U.S.C. section 924(c)(3)(B) was unconstitutionally vague.
Joey appeared in front of the U.S. Supreme Court and submitted briefing that argued against the vague nature of the crime of violence statute and overly broad application of the law. SCOTUS judges heard oral arguments in the case and ruled 5-4 in favor of Joey’s client. The statute in question was eliminated and Joey briefed the issue to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in order to get his client a resentencing to reduce the sentence by the 25 years.
He has been involved in numerous other high-profile criminal cases, defending clients against crimes that have received extensive news coverage. Joey’s experience with these newsworthy cases helps him protect his clients’ interests, skillfully navigating public opinion, political perceptions, and the bias that media exposure can create.
Joey stays on top of new developments in the law by actively participating in the legal community. He is an Associate Member of the Patrick E. Higginbotham Inn of Court, a prestigious organization that elects litigation attorneys who are outstanding members of the legal community. Joey was also the chairman of the Dallas Bar Association’s criminal law section. He is a member of the Dallas Bar Association, devoting his time and efforts to these various organizations to further his professional development and to build collaborative relationships with fellow lawyers.
Joey is admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Northern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas.
A Dallas native, Joey earned a B.A. in Economics and Public Policy at Southern Methodist University and a law degree at St. Mary's University. He also spent one term studying International Law at the University of Innsbruck. While at law school, Joey clerked with two prominent criminal defense firms.
Joey is an active Jesuit alumnus and spends many hours helping charitable organizations around the Dallas area.