Josef F. Buenker, J.D. Wage Theft and Overtime Lawyer

Get to Know “Joe” Buenker

A first-generation American, Josef F. Buenker considers it a blessing to call this country home. His parents immigrated to the United States from Germany and instilled a strong work ethic in him. This not only means he inherited integrity and dedication when it comes to his own work but also a respect he extends to workers in all types of industries. 

The right to be paid properly for work provided to one’s employer is a fundamental, important right, and the law provides a powerful method to enforce that right. Joe has discovered that he enjoys suing employers who cheat workers out of their wages. He is particularly passionate about helping those individuals who are most taken advantage of in society and has filed numerous lawsuits on behalf of low-wage workers and service workers whose employers have stolen the tips left by customers.


Juris Doctor (J.D.)

University of Houston Law Center

Houston, Texas


Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and German Studies (B.A.)

Rice University

Houston, Texas



Buenker, J. The Interpreter’s Guide to the Vehicular Accident Lawsuit. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters LTD, 2005.

Buenker, J. and Teichman, D. “Revelations of a Case Style in a Vehicular Accident Lawsuit,”, April 2005

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Outside the Office

Joe and his team of dedicated employees' rights advocates delight in helping Texas workers who have been wronged in the workplace. But when he's not practicing law, Joe enjoys spending time with his family, kayaking, reading, exercising, and developing his skills with his backyard smoker.

"They really went above and beyond."



Houston, TX


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Reached out to The Buenker Law Firm regarding an unpaid overtime case. Tom and Joe were extremely helpful in walking me through the whole process and handling communication with my former employer's counsel. There's a lot of variability when it comes to unpaid overtime cases, but they really went above and beyond to resolve it for me, and I was able to receive a monetary settlement in less than two months, which was an excellent result.

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Houston, TX


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Very great staff my case was solved less than a year very happy with everything thanks Mr Buenker and also to Vilma very helpful will gladly recommend.

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Practice Areas

Minimum Wage Violations

Both the federal and state minimum wage is $7.25 per hour. There are seemingly endless ways that your employer can try and get around this law to pay you less than you should be receiving.

Unpaid Overtime 

Are you owed overtime pay? These earnings can be substantial. Having full confidence your employer stole money from your paycheck without legal guidance can be difficult. Let our team help.

Tip Theft

You deserve to keep your hard-earned tips. This is an area where we see employers take advantage of their employees time and time again. With our attorney in your corner, we can fight for you.

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The Buenker Law Firm Attorneys at Law

Attorneys Josef F. Buenker and Thomas H. Padgett, Jr. fight hard to protect workers from wage theft and illegal wage and hour practices. With decades of experience in recovering workers’ stolen wages, we have the ability to represent workers facing wage & hour issues like:

If you believe you have been taken advantage of by your employer, please contact our Houston law firm to request a free consultation. You can reach us online or by calling (713) 868-3388.

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