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Joshua J. Caldwell


Joshua J. Caldwell is a board-certified attorney in Civil Appellate Law with experience in civil litigation, as well as extensive research and legal analysis. His work as a senior staff attorney for Justice Gina M. Benavides at the Thirteenth Court of Appeals helped decide appeals across the State of Texas in various areas of the law, including: commercial and business litigation, insurance disputes, procedure, and personal injury.

Prior to his tenure at the Thirteenth Court of Appeals, Josh practiced law for a civil litigation firm that represented injured individuals throughout South Texas. Born in Arkansas, Josh was raised along the Texas-Mexico border in the Rio Grande Valley, where he continues to maintain strong ties. Josh is able to assist Spanish-speaking clients.

Josh received his law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law in 2010 and his Bachelor of Arts in Government with honors from the former University of Texas at Brownsville, now the University of Texas—Rio Grande Valley.  During law school, Josh served as a staff writer for The Scholar: St. Mary’s Law Review on Race & Social Justice, and he also served as a teaching assistant at St. Mary’s University’s School of Law’s Civil Justice Clinic, helping indigent clients receive legal access throughout San Antonio and the Texas-Mexico border.

Prior to attending law school, Josh served as a journalist for a daily newspaper and also interned for the Clinton Foundation at its headquarters in New York City.

Josh is an active member of Law-Related Education at the State Bar of Texas. In 2014, Josh was recognized as a co-recipient of the State Bar of Texas Presidents’ Award by then-State Bar of Texas President Lisa Tatum for his work in promoting law related education programs to elementary students throughout the Rio Grande Valley. Josh has co-authored numerous continuing legal-education papers and presentations on civil and criminal law matters. Alongside Justice Benavides, Josh has co-authored an upcoming article slated for publication in the St. Mary’s Law Journal on Legal Malpractice & Ethics entitled: “An Annotated Guide and Commentary of the Texas Standards of Appellate Conduct.”


  • B.A., University of Texas – Brownsville (now UT- Rio Grande Valley), 2006, with honors
  • J.D., St. Mary’s University School of Law, 2010


  • Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star (2023-2024)
  • San Antonio Magazine Top Attorney – Appellate Law (2022)
  • Scene in S.A. – 2022 Best S.A. Lawyers – Business Litigation (2022)
  • Honorary Leon Jaworski Award for Teaching Excellence, State Bar of Texas (2020)
  • Co-Recipient of the State Bar of Texas Presidents’ Award (2014)


Memberships & Activities

  • State Bar of Texas Law Focused Education Committee, Member
  • Law-Related Education, State Bar of Texas, Inc., Past Officer
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • State Bar of Texas Appellate Section, Member
  • San Antonio Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • San Antonio Bar Association Appellate Practice Section
  • Texas Bar College, Member


  • Probate Considerations in Personal Injury Cases, TexasBarCLE Advanced Personal Injury Law Course (2022)
  • Avoiding Appellate Sanctions,
    • San Antonio Bar Association Appellate Practice Section (2022);
    • Hidalgo County Bar Association Appellate Section (2021)
  • Ethics on Appeal 101, TexasBarCLE Civil Appellate Practice 101 Course (2021)
  • Measure a Year – How the COVID-19 Pandemic is Reshaping the Practice of Law, Texas Bar Journal, (2021)
  • 1006: Reasons to Summarize Your Evidence, Attorney at Law Magazine, San Antonio Edition, 1 No. 3 (2019)
  • An Annotated Guide and Commentary of the Texas Standards of Appellate Conduct, Mary’s Law Journal on Legal Malpractice & Ethics, (2018)
  • A Primer on Handling Your First (Or Next) Parental-Rights Termination Case on Appeal (2016)
  • Taking Exception to the Warrant Requirement, 40th Annual Advanced Criminal Law Course, July (2014)

Admitted To Practice

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • Texas (2010)

Board Certification

  • Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization (2016)

Practice Areas