Joshua W. Mermis is a founding partner of West Mermis, PLLC. He has broad experience in litigation, construction, energy and business matters. Joshua has extensive trial experience having conducted jury and bench trials, as well as arbitrations involving significant multi-million-dollar commercial projects throughout Texas. He represents operators, general contractors, subcontractors, developers, suppliers, product manufacturers, businesses and individuals in a variety of disputes. Joshua is licensed in Texas.

Joshua is board certified in construction law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He has been selected as a Texas Super Lawyer by Thompson Reuters, which is an honor conferred upon only on 5% of the total lawyers in Texas.  He has been recognized as a BestLawyer. He was also selected by his peers for inclusion in H Texas Magazine Top Lawyer and Houstonian Top Lawyer. Joshua is the past Chair of the Houston Bar Association Construction Law Section. West Mermis, PLLC has been rated a Best Law Firm by US News & World Report.




  • University of Texas School of Law, J.D. 2002
  • University of Kansas, B.A. 1999


  • State of Texas
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • United States District Court, Western District of Texas
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas


  • Commercial Litigation, Construction, Energy, Insurance Defense, Products Liability


  • Board Certified Construction Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • Texas Super Lawyers, 2010 – Present
  • Top Lawyer in H Texas Magazine & Houstonia Magazine
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2018 – Present
  • Texas Bar College
  • Member: Life Fellow Texas Bar Foundation
  • Member:  Construction Law  – TADC
  • Member:  Construction Law Group – ABA
  • Member: Construction Practice Group – DRI
  • Member: Construction Law Section – State Bar of Texas
  • Top Verdict 2016 – Seventh Largest Arbitration Award in Texas


  • Co-Author: “Compendium of Texas Construction Law,” USLAW, 2013
  • Author: “Shale Gas Boom: Hydraulic Fracturing and Potential Legal Claims,” RigZone, 2014
  • Speech: “Expert Checklist,” Forensic Expert Witness Association, 2015
  • Speech: “Managing Experts,” Forensic Expert Witness Association, 2017
  • Speech: “Contract Termination,” The Basics Course in Texas Construction Law, 2018
  • Speech: “Harvey’s Aftermath: What Every Lawyer Needs to Know about Texas Lien and Bond Claims in Our Post-Harvey World,” Houston Bar Association, 2018
  • Speech: “A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: Persuading a South Texas Jury with Old School Demonstratives and 21st Century Animation,” San Antonio Bar Association Construction Law Section, 2019
  • Speech: “War Stories from Deep in the Heart of Texas: Tales of a Fracking Fire Trial,” DRI Product Liability Conference, 2019
  • Author: “Condominium Construction-Defect Litigation Looks to Cool Off Following Mosaic Residential Appellate Decision,” Texas Construction Law Journal, 2019
  • Author: “Evidentiary Techniques That Won a Fracking Fire Trial,” DRI – For the Defense, 2019
  • Speech: “The Good, The Bad & The Ugly: Construction Contract Provisions That Can Make or Break Your Construction Defect Lawsuit,” TADC, 2019
  • Speech: “AIA 201: General Conditions,” HalfMoon Education Seminar, 2019
  • Author: “Old Habits: It’s time to rethink the boilerplate arbitration provision in construction contracts.” Construction Today, 2019