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Billy Coe Dyer

Billy Coe Dyer Partner, Condemnation & Eminent Domain

Billy’s practice is civil trial litigation and his primary emphasis is eminent domain litigation. He has represented clients against condemning authorities at the local, county, state, and national levels. Billy has been certified in civil trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1993.

Billy has handled cases involving the taking of property improved with office buildings, shopping centers, car dealerships, service stations, convenience stores, restaurants, retail/warehouses, hotels, banks, schools, churches, homes, and ranches, as well as those involving the taking of vacant land, for a variety of purposes.

Experience Highlights

  • Jury verdict 1,837% above State’s First Offer – Jury trial verdict in a partial takings case for the Grand Parkway equivalent to compensation sought at trial for owner of a 600+ acre residential development in Harris County, Texas. This is believed to be the largest jury verdict for a property owner in a condemnation case ever in the state of Texas (The Texas Lawbook, February 7, 2018). It is anticipated that the State will file an appeal. (trial counsel, monetary damages)
  • Jury verdict 292% above State’s First Offer – Jury trial verdict in a partial takings case for the Grand Parkway for the owner of retail pad sites in front of a big-box shopping center in Montgomery County, Texas in an amount 292% above the State’s first offer (trial counsel, monetary damages) 
  • Jury trial for the owner of a shopping center in the state’s partial taking to widen the Katy Freeway, resulting in a net recovery of $8.2 million on an original offer of $4.4 million (trial counsel, monetary damages)
  • Jury trial for the owners of a restaurant and a veterinary clinic in whole taking, resulting in net recovery to clients of over $7 million, on an original offer by the state of $3.4 million (trial counsel, monetary damages) 
  • Settlement for a major fast food restaurant owner against the state, resulting in net recovery of $1.4 million with no offer of compensation by the state (settlement counsel, monetary damages)
  • Settlement for a mall owner in a consolidated case following the partial taking by the state to widen U.S. 290, resulting in a net recovery of $21.7 million, on an original offer of $1 million (settlement counsel, monetary damages) 
  • Settlement for a major chain department store owner in a consolidated case following the partial taking by the state to widen U.S. 290, resulting in a net recovery of $23.4 million on an original offer of $8.2 million (settlement counsel, monetary damages) 
  • Settlement for a ranch owner in partial taking for a toll road, resulting in a net recovery of $11 million on the state’s original offer of $4.5 million (settlement counsel, monetary damages) 

Additional Experience

  • Jury trial for the owner of an office building in the state’s taking of a strip of land and closing of a driveway, resulting in net recovery to the client of over $2 million, on an original offer by the state of $90,000
  • Jury trial for ranch owners for taking of a dune preserve for expansion of the Guadalupe Mountains National Park by U.S. Department of Interior, resulting in a net recovery to the client of $900,000, on an original offer of $300,000 (trial counsel, monetary damages)
  • Jury trial for the owner of an automobile repair shop, resulting in a net recovery to the client of $550,000 on original offer by Harris County of $160,000 (trial counsel, monetary damages) 
  • Bench trial for a fast food owner in partial taking, resulting in a net recovery to the client of $1 million, on an original offer by the state of $140,000 (trial counsel, monetary damages)
  • Settlement for a property owner operating grocery store in a partial taking case, resulting in a net recovery to the client of $4.25 million, with no offer of compensation by state (settlement counsel, monetary damages)
  • Settlement for a property owner operating a private school in a partial taking case, resulting in a net recovery to the client of $3.8 million on the state’s original offer of $700,000 (settlement counsel, monetary damages)
  • Settlement for a property owner against a pipeline company, after a temporary injunction hearing, resulting in a net recovery to the client of $2 million, with no offer of compensation by the pipeline company (settlement counsel, monetary damages)
  • Settlement for a property owner of an apartment complex in a partial taking case, resulting in a net recovery to the client of over $800,000, on an original offer by Harris County of $26,000 (settlement counsel, monetary damages)

    • Settlement for the owner of an automobile dealership for taking of a strip of land by the state, resulting in a net recovery to the client of $1 million, on an original offer of $105,000 (settlement counsel, monetary damages)
    • Settlement for a property owner in partial taking by the state, resulting in a net recovery to client of over $2.8 million, on the state’s original offer of $700,000 (settlement counsel, monetary damages)

    Case Citations

    • FKM Partnership, Ltd. v. Board of Regents of University of Houston, 255 S.W.3d 619 (Tex. 2008)

      • State v. Delany, 197 S.W.3d 297 (Tex. 2006)
      • Interstate Northborough Partnership v. State, 66 S.W.3d 213 (Tex. 2001)
      • Felts v. Harris County, 915 S.W.2d 482 (Tex. 1996)
      • State v. Fiesta Mart, Inc., 233 S.W.3d 50 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] 2007, pet. denied)
      • State v. Reina, 218 S.W.3d 247 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] 2007, no pet.)
      • State v. Whataburger, 60 S.W.3d 256 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] 2001, pet. denied)
      • State v. Northborough Center, Inc., 987 S.W.2d 187 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] 1999, rev. denied)
      • State v. Enterprise Bank-Houston, 873 S.W.2d 117 (Tex. App.—Waco 1994, writ denied)


      Contact Details

      Houston

      T +1.713.758.2252
      F +1.713.615.5790
      bdyer@velaw.com
      1001 Fannin Street
      Suite 2500
      Houston, TX 77002
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      Billy's Practices

      • University of Texas School of Law, J.D. with honors, 1985 (Order of the Coif; Associate Editor, Texas Law Review)
      • Trinity University, B.A., Economics and History summa cum laude, 1982 (Phi Beta Kappa)
      • Admitted to practice: Texas; all Texas courts; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; U.S. District Courts for the Western and Southern Districts of Texas
      • Judicial clerk to The Honorable Homer Thornberry, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 1985–1986
      • The Best Lawyers in America© (Woodward/White, Inc.), “Lawyer of the Year,” Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law (Houston), 2017
      • The Best Lawyers in America©(Woodward/White, Inc.), Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law, 2010–2017
      • Selected to the Texas Super Lawyers list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2006, 2008, and 2013–2017
      • Member: American Bar Association; Houston Bar Association
      • Member: Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists
      • Faculty: 2008 NITA Gulf Coast Regional Trial Advocacy Training Program
      • Faculty: Louisiana State University Trial Advocacy Program (2012–13, and ongoing)