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Joe Hourigan became a lawyer for a simple reason: He wanted to make a difference. Now he does.
When working as a housing-eligibility specialist in Albany, N.Y., Joe became involved in two cases that would shape his future.
“The first involved a low-income veteran facility that was evicting its tenants, and the second was against a landlord who was demanding payment even though his apartment was found to be unsuitable for habitation,” says Joe. “I supplied information to attorneys who helped the tenants in both situations. I then thought I wanted to make an impact like they did.”
Joe received his undergraduate degree from Siena College (B.S. Marketing/Management) and his law degree from Albany Law School (J.D.). He is licensed to practice in Arizona and New York, and his areas of concentration include Native American law, criminal law and Arizona property-tax law.
Winning a large trial in Arizona tax court served as a defining moment in Joe’s career. He also uncovered a key piece of information that led to a multi-state investigation into the illegal distribution of steroids online.
Away from the office Joe likes to play basketball. He also volunteers as a mentor and mentor coach with New Pathways for Youth, serves as a Committee Member with the Fiesta Bowl, is a member of Suns Charities 88 and serves on the board of the Arizona Sports and Entertainment Commission. He enjoys traveling and learning about new cultures and new languages.
Motivated by his wife, Mayra, Joe’s goal, like his reason for becoming a lawyer, remains simple: “To make the world better. That’s my motivation in a nutshell.”