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 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 and named 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


  • Texas Super Lawyers, 2010 – 2018
  • Top Lawyer in H Texas Magazine & Houstonia Magazine
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2018 – 2019
  • 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
  • Author: “Evidentiary Techniques That Won a Fracking Fire Trial,” DRI – For the Defense, 2019
  • Author: “Condominium Construction-Defect Litigation Looks to Cool Off Following Mosaic Residential Appellate Decision,” Texas Construction Law Journal, 2019
  • Speech: “War Stories from Deep in the Heart of Texas: Tales of a Fracking Fire Trial,” DRI Product Liability Conference, 2019
  • 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: “Harvey’s Aftermath: What Every Lawyer Needs to Know about Texas Lien and Bond claims in Our Post-Harvey World,” Houston Bar Association, April 2018
  • Speech: “Contract Termination,” The Basics Course in Texas Construction Law, 2018
  • Speech: “Managing Experts,” Forensic Expert Witness Association, 2017
  • Speech: “Expert Checklist,” Forensic Expert Witness Association, 2015