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The Building Science Podcast

The Building Science Podcast

Let's Get Legal-ish

When we think about building science, we're thinking about systems and the unseen forces that contribute to the success or failure of a building. Some of the largest and most complicated systems and unseen forces in the AEC industry are the contracts that make or break a project. Join Kristof as he interviews construction attorney, Joe Basham, on all things funky and legal in the AEC industry.

Joe Basham


Joe Basham grew up in Monahans, a small town in West Texas, where he worked in the oil fields in 115 degree weather. He then traveled nearly 500 miles to Texas A&M University, where he graduated, cum laude, with a degree in Construction Science from the College of Architecture and dunked his ring in Shiner Bock.

He worked as runner for a big law firm in Austin, and then moved to the high plains where attended Texas Tech School of Law.  He graduated in 2002, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, and was the Technology Editor of the Texas Tech Law Review. 

After law school, Joe joined Allensworth & Porter as an associate, was made a partner in 2007. He has been listed in Texas Super Lawyers from 2005 – 2018, and Best Lawyers 2014 – 2015, and Legal 500. He is now the managing partner at Austin-based construction law firm, Allensworth & Porter, and partners with clients from all facets of the construction industry, including owners, contractors, architects, and engineers to consult on contract negotiations, dispute management and resolution, and litigation and arbitration. Joe focuses on building long-term, strategic relationships with clients who care about working with a lawyer who knows the law, their business, and their industry.

Joe is a member of the Rotary Club of Austin, and is on the board of the Austin Chapter of the Building Enclosure Council (BEC).  He served on the Rollingwood City Council for 5 years, and was president of the Rollingwood Community Economic Development Corporation.  He is married to Karla, and they have two boys, Joe (9) and John (7).

Joe can be contacted at (512) 708-1250 and at jrb@aaplaw.com

Big thanks to Aprilaire for their continued and generous support of the podcast!