About

Joel Colvin is an attorney, mediator, and consultant that focuses on cybersecurity and business law. He speaks at conferences once or twice a year.

Joel has clients that are in Texas, across the U.S., and are international in scope. He understands that no policies or procedures are of any value if they unreasonably harm your organization’s ability to conduct business. His extensive experience in information security gives him a unique ability to not only review the legal issues involved but also to know what kinds of security controls have real effects on the protection of data and your organization.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Joel worked for 25 years as a consultant in information security and data communications. He has designed and implemented private networks spanning the globe. He has evaluated, built, and installed firewalls and intrusion prevention systems that monitor Internet connections–also around the globe.

Joel held the position of Security & Communications Manager for the law firm of Baker Botts, LLP. He developed security policies for the firm and was part of the team that moved of all their U.S. operations into data centers. In addition to managing firm-wide security issues, his team designed and built the networks and WANs servicing the data centers and created automatic fail-over systems for all data communications between offices and data centers. He has experience with securing data connections in China, the Mid-East, and Russia. Joel also managed all the data circuit budgets and negotiated contracts with the various telcos and ISPs. Joel left Baker Botts to pursue a law degree.

Joel is a mediator, including family law, and meets the requirements for an Impartial Third Party under the Texas Civil Practice & Remedies Code §154.052.

In addition to his work, he is also a flight instructor and used to teach aerobatics and at least once a week plays the saxophone in bands around Houston.

  • Admitted to the practice of law in Federal Court – Southern District of Texas, 2018
  • Admitted to Federal Immigration Courts, 2018
  • Admitted to the practice of law in the State of Texas, 2016
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence from South Texas College of Law, 2015