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David G. Wall

David G. Wall Partner, Condemnation & Eminent Domain

David’s practice concentrates on eminent domain and condemnation matters in Houston and the counties surrounding Harris County. He focuses primarily on the representation of property owners against takings by state and local authorities.  David has handled cases involving the taking of all types of improved properties, as well as those involving the taking of vacant land.

Recent Trial Experience

  • 2018 Jury verdict 281% above State’s First Offer – Jury trial verdict in a partial takings case for the owner of a 52.75 acre tract of land in the Klein area of Northwest Houston that was taken by the State of Texas for construction of a portion of the Grand Parkway and an associated detention pond.  The trial resulted in a net recovery to the client of $9.34 million on an original offer of $3.2 million.  The State did not appeal the verdict. (Houston Condemnation Case - trial counsel, monetary damages)
  • 2018 Jury verdict 110% above State’s Offer – Jury trial verdict in favor of the owner of a refrigerated warehouse facility in Houston, Texas that was condemned for the State’s US 290/610 Expansion Project, resulting in a net recovery for the client of $8.37 million compared to the State’s offer of $4.40 million during the administrative phase of the litigation.  The State did not appeal the verdict. (Houston Condemnation Case - trial counsel, monetary damages) 
  • 2018 Jury verdict 1,005% above County’s First Offer – Lead counsel in a jury trial for a partial takings case for the owner of a trucking facility in Houston, Texas, a part of which was condemned for Harris County’s Hardy Toll Road Extension Project. The trial resulted in a net recovery to the client of $1.6 million on an original offer of $177,000. Harris County voluntarily dismissed its appeal. (Houston Condemnation Case – trial counsel, monetary damages)

Additional Condemnation Matters

  • 2016 Jury verdict resulting in 283% increase in Compensation to Client – Lead counsel in a jury trial resulting in a judgment for the owner of a large grocery company related to the condemnation by the State of a part of its retail development for the construction of the Grand Parkway in Montgomery County, Texas. The trial resulted in a net recovery to the client of $4.6 million on an original offer of $1.2 million (Montgomery County Condemnation Case – trial counsel, monetary damages)
  • Combined Jury verdicts 292% above State’s Combined First Offer – Combined jury trial verdicts for 100% of the compensation sought in single consolidated trial involving two commercial reserve parcels owned by the same entity taken for the Grand Parkway in Harris County, Texas; the Judgment was affirmed by the Houston 1st Court of Appeals in State v. Gleannloch Commercial Development, LP, 2018 WL 4134926 (Tex.App.—Houston [1st Dist.] Aug. 30, 2018, pet. filed). (Houston Condemnation Case – trial counsel, monetary damages)
  • 2015 Jury verdict 367% above State’s Compensation Estimate – Jury trial verdict 40% above compensation estimate at trial by owner of commercial reserves taken for the Grand Parkway in Harris County, Texas, and 367% above State’s first offer; the Judgment was affirmed by the Houston 14th Court of Appeals in State v. Gleannloch Commercial Development, LP, 2017 WL 6559745 (Tex.App.—Houston [14th Dist.] Mar. 8, 2018, pet. filed). (Houston Condemnation Case – trial counsel, monetary damages)
  • Jury verdict resulting in 170% increase in Compensation to Client – Jury trial verdict equivalent to compensation sought by property owners at trial for the taking of a 42-acre tract for a detention pond in Harris County, resulting in a net recovery to clients of $8.85 million, when condemning authority’s first offer was $3.28 million. The verdict was affirmed by the Houston Fourteenth Court of Appeals and the County’s petition for review to the Texas Supreme Court was denied. (Deer Park Condemnation Case - trial counsel, monetary damages) 
  • Lead counsel for several property owners in settlements reached with the State of Texas related to the Grand Parkway Project and the 290 Expansion Project (settlement counsel, monetary damages) 
  • Lead counsel for several property owners in settlements reached with Harris County, Texas, related to road widening, toll road projects, and other County projects (settlement 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 property owner in a partial taking by the state to widen West Loop 610 North, resulting in a net recovery of $1.9 million on an original offer of zero (Houston Condemnation Case - 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 property owner in a whole taking by the state to widen West Loop 610 North, resulting in a net recovery of $12.4 million on an original offer of $7.3 million (Houston Condemnation Case - settlement counsel, monetary damages)
  • Settlement for a property owner in a whole taking by the state to widen West Loop 610 North, resulting in a net recovery of $7.5 million on an original offer of $5.4 million (Houston Condemnation Case - settlement counsel, monetary damages) 


Contact Details

Houston

T +1.713.758.2088
M +1.281.513.0452
F +1.713.615.5995
dwall@velaw.com
1001 Fannin Street
Suite 2500
Houston, TX 77002
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David's Practices

  • South Texas College of Law, J.D. magna cum laude, 2007 (Member, Law Review)
  • The University of Texas at Austin, B.S., Mechanical Engineering, 2001
  • Admitted to practice: Texas
    • Field Engineer and Contracts Specialist, Bechtel Corporation, 2002–2005
      • Worked in various capacities in the Field Engineering and Contracts departments in both the Power and Oil, Gas & Chemicals business units. As a Field Engineer, David provided technical support to craftsmen and subcontractors during the construction of a $600 million four-unit combined-cycle power plant in Oklahoma. As a Contracts Specialist, he participated in all aspects of the subcontracts formation process for various types of subcontracts (ranging from $15 thousand–$40 million) on a $1 Billion LNG Project in Trinidad.
      • Selected to the Texas Rising Stars list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2013−2017
      • Member: American Bar Association; Houston Young Lawyers Association