Joseph Hoelscher

Hoelscher Gebbia PLLC
3030 Nacogdoches Rd Ste 222G
San Antonio, NY 78217
(210) 222-9132

Joseph “Joe” Hoelscher is an award-winning child protection, criminal, and family law trial lawyer based in San Antonio, Texas. Having been involved with the legal system since his mother’s disappearance and murder in 1986, Joe knows how tough court is on clients and families in need of legal assistance.

As a result, Hoelscher Gebbia Cepeda PLLC’s holistic approach to client services integrates the use of experts and counselors to help clients develop their cases while overcoming the problems that led them to be involved with the legal system, whether in civil, criminal, Texas state, or federal court. Hoelscher advocates a client-centered approach to legal representation and an aggressive, trial-oriented approach to the practice of law.

Hoelscher has earned national recognition, having successfully represented clients in high-profile, complex, civil, and criminal cases covered by media outlets such as America’s Most Wanted, Crime Watch Daily with Chris Hansen, Dateline NBC, The New York Daily News, and Washington Times. Journalists often cite his expert commentary on legal matters, including The Washington Post, Reader’s Digest, O: The Oprah Magazine, and U.S. News & World Report.

Joe’s professional recognition is extensive. He is a published legal scholar, author of the “Texas Drunk Driving Law” textbook, and a regular speaker at public events and legal seminars throughout Texas. He is honored to serve, or to have served, on the ABA Advisory Panel, San Antonio Bar Association’s Mentorship Committee, as Co-Chair of the San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association Retention Committee, on a multi-organizational committee raising funds to support the Bexar County Children’s Courts and foster children in San Antonio, and on the Board of Directors for the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. He is a repeat member of the College of the State Bar of Texas and the Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas. In 2020, Hoelscher was voted both the Best Family Lawyer in San Antonio and the Best DWI Lawyer in San Antonio in a poll of San Antonio lawyers conducted by SA Scene Magazine.

A native San Antonian, Joe graduated MacArthur High School in 1994 and has three graduate degrees from St. Mary’s University and Baylor Law School. Outside his legal career, Joe has taught at the Texas Military Institute, was the Assistant Director of Forensics at St. Mary’s University, and worked as an Adjunct Professor at Our Lady of the Lake University. He and his wife, Melissa, have three kids: Louisa, Cecilia, and Wolfgang. Both Melissa and Joe are active in the San Antonio community, serving on non-profit boards and committees and volunteering for or supporting their church, arts organizations, and schools. Joe supports a variety of social causes through his pro bono legal work which focuses on child welfare, the rights of the indigent accused, and First and Second Amendment issues.

After being licensed to practice law, Joe helped locate his mother, missing 30 years, allowing her to be laid to rest and his family to find the peace Joe seeks for all of his clients.

Areas Of Practice
Criminal Law
Drug Charges
Traffic Ticket
Child Protective Services
Family Law
Child Custody & Support
Foster Parents and Grandparents Rights
White Collar Crime
Domestic Violence

Baylor University School Of Law, Waco, Texas

St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas
M.A. – 2002
Major: MA-Communications Studies, MA -International Relations

Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas
B.A. Major: Political Science, Communications Studies, International Relations

Texas, 2007
S. District Court Western District Of Texas, 2007

Speedy Trial: Punishing the System for Making Us Wait
Voice For The Defense Magazine, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyer’s Association, Nov., 2015
“Sealing Criminal Records”, The Defender Magazine, San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Association, Summer, 2012
Contributor, “Foreign Corrupt Trade Practices Act”, Chester’s Practical Guide to International Trade Law, 2008

Top 10 DWI Lawyers in Texas, American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys, 2014 – 2015
Client Distinction Award, Martindale-Hubbell, 2015
Top 30 DWI Lawyers, S.A. Scene Magazine, 2015
Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers, 2014 – 2015
Best Lawyers of 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, S.A. Scene Magazine, 2012 – 2015
Top 30 Criminal Defense Attorneys, S.A. Scene Magazine, 2014
Best Family Lawyers in San Antonio, S.A. Scene Magazine, 2014
Best of the Best – Criminal Practice, Texas Lawyers’ Group, 2012
Top 30 Criminal Lawyers in San Antonio according to Scene in SA Magazine, August 2015 edition

National College for DUI Defense (NCDD), Member, 2014 – Present
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers(NACDL), Member, 2009 – Present
San Antonio Bar Association (SABA) Mentorship Committee, Mentor, 2013 – Present
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) Legal Committee, Member, 2007 – Present
National Trial Lawyers, Top 100 Lawyer, 2014 – Present
Christian Legal Society, Member, 2014 – Present
Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas, Member, 2014 – Present
College of the State Bar of Texas, Member, 2008 – Present
American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys(AIDUIA), Member, 2014 – Present
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Association(TCDLA), Member, 2007 – Present
San Antonio Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Association(SACDLA), Member, 2007 – Present
Pi Kappa Delta Forensics Honors Society, Member, 1996 – Present