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Billy Coe Dyer

Billy Coe Dyer Partner, Condemnation & Eminent Domain

Billy Coe Dyer is a civil trial litigation attorney whose practice is primarily focused on eminent domain litigation. With more than 30 years of experience, Billy has represented clients against condemning authorities at the local, county, state and national levels.

A prepared and persuasive advocate in court, Billy has handled cases involving the taking of property improved with office buildings, shopping centers, car dealerships, service stations, convenience stores, restaurants, retail spaces and warehouses, hotels, banks, schools, churches, homes and ranches. He has also represented clients in matters involving the taking of vacant land. 

Billy’s notable victories include a case that his client won before the Texas Supreme Court. The Court held that, after the State of Texas condemned property for an interstate highway project, the property owner was entitled to recover proximity damages under Texas law. The Supreme Court's opinion has since been cited by over 300 cases. In another high-profile case , Billy and fellow V&E partner Don Griffin won a $20.4 million (net) verdict for a property owner against the state.

Prior to joining V&E, Billy completed a one-year a clerkship for a federal judge, an experience that gave him a powerful insights on which arguments have traction with the court. He has been board certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1993. During his decades in practice, his work has earned him recognition from multiple publications. In 2017, he was selected as Best Lawyers of America's Houston Eminent Domain and Condemnation Lawyer of the Year.

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). The State has filed 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). The State appealed and then dismissed its appeal
  • Jury verdict 186% above the State's first offer – 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 to the client on an original offer of $4.4 million (trial counsel, monetary damages). The State appealed and then dismissed its appeal
  • Jury verdict 205% above the State's first offer – Jury trial for the owners of a restaurant and a veterinary clinic in whole taking, resulting in net recovery to clients of $7 million, on an original offer by the State of $3.4 million (trial counsel, monetary damages). The State appealed, and the Court of Appeals affirmed the judgment for the property owner
  • 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 in Travis County, 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 verdict 2,222% above State's first offer – 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 $2 million, on an original offer by the State of $90,000
  • Jury verdict 300% above the State's first offer – 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 $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 $2.8 million, on the State’s original offer of $700,000 (settlement counsel, monetary damages)

    Representative 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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      • 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, 2020
      • The Best Lawyers in America© (Woodward/White, Inc.), Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law, 2010–2020
      • Selected to the Texas Super Lawyers list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2006, 2008, 2013–2017 and 2019
      • 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)