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The thought of perfection always seems out of reach—but why shouldn’t that be the goal?
Joe Gutheinz is licensed to practice law in ten courts, including the Texas Supreme Court; the United States Court of Appeals for the 5th, 10th, and 11th Circuits; the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; and the United States Supreme Court. He is a former Commissioner on the Texas Commission on Fire Protection, a Former Commissioned Member of the Texas State Council on Sex Offender Treatment, and a Former Commissioned Member on the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Advisory Committee on Offenders with Medical and Mental Impairments. As a college instructor, he has taught over 200 graduate and undergraduate Criminal Justice, Risk Management, and Paralegal classes for three colleges. He is a former Adjunct Professor at Thurgood Marshall School of Law, where he taught Mediation.
He has served as a consultant on aviation and space-related cases. He is a retired Senior Special Agent with NASA’s Office of Inspector General and a former Special Agent with both the U.S. Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General and F.A.A. Civil Aviation Security. He is a former Army Intelligence Officer and Aviator. For his service, he has received the President’s Council on Integrity and Efficiency Career Achievement Award, the NASA Exceptional Service Medal, the NASA Superior Accomplishment Award, the U.S. Army Meritorious Service Medal, and a Special Commendation from the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas. He is an Honorary Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma and an Honorary Harris County Deputy Sheriff. He is a past top graduate of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center’s Criminal Investigator’s Course, holds six college degrees and eight teaching credentials, and is a Certified Fraud Examiner. He has been featured in several documentaries on one of his cases; was the subject of a novel by Joe Kloc; has appeared on the BBC, Fox, the Oprah Winfrey Network, and the History Channel and has been quoted in news stories all over the world. He has written numerous magazine stories and Op/Ed’s, on topics as diverse as space exploration, aviation security, and the grand jury system.
In our conversation, Joe having so many college degrees and achieving success in varieties of work, shared his stories in the past that led him to where he is now. He gave insights in helping his clients as a lawyer and also, in educating his students as a teacher in NASA.
We also discuss:
· Joe’s journey on how he achieved and succeeded in careers in different angles
· How he dealt with each side as both an investigator and as a defense attorney?
· What advice does he give clients to be prepared and perform at their best when they are on trial?
· The reason why the New York Times nicknamed him “The Moon Rock Hunter”
· What is the best advice that he imparted to his students?
· What is his advice to his 20-year-old self?
· The story from being fearful of heights to overcome it
· His mindset on how he overcame his fear so quickly
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