Joshua J. Benn 

With over fifteen years experience in litigation and transactional work, my focus is on estate planning, guardianships, probate, real estate, mediation and business matters. I have had the privilege of speaking to a variety of community groups such as the Bryan ISD, The Arc, Texas A&M Project LEAD, The Down Syndrome Association of the Brazos Valley and the Brazos Valley Center for Independent Living on the issues of estate planning and guardianship.

In both negotiation and trial litigation, my firm stands up for our clients' rights and protects their best interests.

We represent clients throughout Texas with offices in two convenient locations — the principal office is located in Bryan/College Station and the second office is located on Lake Conroe. In addition, the firm is completely mobile and we are more than happy to meet with you at your office or even over a cup of coffee. The Benn Law Group offers honest, straightforward legal advice without emptying your bank account.

I grew up in the small Brazos Valley town of Brenham and graduated from Brenham High School in 1991. In 1995, I received a Bachelor of Arts from Sam Houston State University in Political Science. I was then honored to obtain my Doctor of Jurisprudence from the Baylor University School of Law in 1998.

In addition to being licensed in all Texas courts, I am also licensed to practice in the United States federal courts in the Southern District of Texas. Besides practicing law, I have served as both an adjunct faculty member and the Real Estate Program Coordinator at Blinn College and am an owner of Brazos 1031 Exchange Company, LLC.

My family and I are members of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church and are actively involved in the local community. I serve or have served as the Vice-Chairman of the College Station Zoning Board of Adjustments and on the boards of Junction 505, Inc., Bryan/College Station Soccer League, Inc. and Brazos Valley Hockey Club, Inc., in addition to many other civic, nonprofit and church boards and organizations.

Experience

Owner,  Joshua J. Benn, P.C.  2008 – Present

Practice emphasis on guardianship, real estate, probate, small business, mediation, contracts, wills, and trusts and estate planning Experience with residential and commercial landlord/tenant matters, closings, title opinions, contract drafting and disputes, construction agreements, liens, foreclosures, partition suits, employer/employee issues, external general counsel assistance, confidentiality and non-compete agreements, business formations, joint venture agreements, oil and gas leases, surface use agreements, right of way agreements and easements, imminent domain, and regulatory law

Managing Member, Brazos 1031 Exchange Company, LLC  2009 – Present

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Offer complete 1031 Exchange services as a qualified intermediary, facilitator and accommodator for IRS 1031 Exchange. A 1031 Exchange is also known as a Tax-Deferred Exchange or Like Kind Exchange.

Real Estate Program Coordinator, Blinn College 2008 – 2011

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Managed all aspects of the real estate program within the Division of Business, Information Technology, and Public Service
Served as both real estate law and business law instructor Supervised seven faculty members
Developed online course programs
Served on textbook selection committee
Chaired advisory committee featuring leaders in the local real estate community

Partner, Swearingen, Peterson & Benn, L.L.C. 2007 – 2008

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General practice with an emphasis on probate, estate planning, business, real estate, and civil litigation

Partner, Hoelscher, Lipsey, Elmore & Benn, P.C.  1998 – 2007

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General practice with an emphasis on business, real estate, and civil litigation

Certifications

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Texas Real Estate License, Texas Real Estate Commission,

License 627875
2013 – Present

Education

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Baylor University School of Law, Doctorate of Jurisprudence 

Sam Houston State University, Bachelor of Arts, Political Science

Brenham High School

Organizations

  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys 2013 - Present
  • The Arc of Texas 2012 – Present
  • Down Syndrome Association of the Brazos Valley 2013 – Present
  • Brazos County Bar Association 1998 – Present
  • Montgomery County Bar Association 2012 – Present
  • State Bar of Texas 1998 – Present
  • Bryan-College Station Association of Realtors 1998 – Present
  • Bryan/College Station Chamber of Commerce 2014 – Present
    • Legislative Affairs Committee 1998 – 2001
  • Greater Conroe/Lake Conroe Area Chamber of Commerce 2012 – Present
  • Dispute Resolution Center of the Brazos Valley Mediator 2003 – Present
  • Vice - President, Sam Houston Bryan / College Station 
  • Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church
    • Congregational President 1999 – 2001
  • College Station Zoning Board of Adjustments Board Member
  • College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Texas Young Lawyers Association
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Leadership Brazos Alumni Association
  • Pro Bono Attorney, Brazos County Legal Aid
  • Vice-President, Junction 505, Inc.
  • Board Member, Brazos Valley Hockey Club, Inc.

Honors & Awards

  • Region 4 Advisor Elect – Texas Junior College Student Government Association 
  • College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Order of the Barristers -- Harvey M. Richey Moot Court Society
  • 3rd Place -- Spring 1997 Strasburger & Price Moot Court Competition
  • Quarterfinalist -- Fall 1997 Dawson & Sodd Moot Court Competition 
  • Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity
  • Executive Treasurer – Baylor Law School Student Bar Association
  • Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society
  • Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society
  • Scholarship Recipient – Blinn College Speech and Debate
  • National Defense Service Medal – United States Army

Courses

  Hoelscher, Lipsey, Elmore & Benn, P.C.

  • Advanced Real Estate Law
  • Advising Small & Mid-Size Businesses
  • Structured Settlements in a Nutshell
  • Texas Real Title Law: Problems & Solutions
  • Eminent Domain Conference
  • Tax and Legal Issues Related to Bankruptcy
  • Texas Land Use: Current Issues in Subdivision Annexation
  • Title Insurance in Texas-A General Review
  • Tax-Deferred Exchanges: Evolving Rules, New Opportunities
  • Red Flags of Closing
  • Bankruptcy, Easements, Surveys & Probate
  • Advanced Civil Litigation
  • Taking and Defending Effective Depositions in Texas
  • Evictions and Landlord/Tenant Law in Texas
  • Multiple Offers in the Residential Sale
  • Advising Small Business Owners
  • Business & Estate Planning
  • Changes to the Rules of Civil Procedure

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  • Top 5 Myths in Representing Veterans
  • Building Blocks of Wills, Estates & Probate Course

  Joshua J. Benn, P.C.

  • National Firearms Act Trusts
  • The Collision Between Real Estate Law and Elder Law
  • Building Blocks of Wills, Estates & Probate
  • The Returning Veteran
  • Elder Law Symposium: The Many Faces of Abuse
  • Guardian & Attorney Ad Litem Certification Course
  • POA Legislative Update for Real Estate Lawyers: Condos
  • The FAQ's About Patents & Trademarks
  • Advanced Real Estate Law Course