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David G. Wall
David G. Wall
Partner — Condemnation & Eminent Domain
Partner — Condemnation & Eminent Domain

David G. Wall

David G. Wall
Houston

1001 Fannin Street
Suite 2500
Houston, TX 77002

David G. Wall

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)

  • 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) 

Credentials

  • 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
  • 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
  • The Best Lawyers in America©(BL Rankings, LLC), Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law (Houston), 2021 and 2022
  • Member: American Bar Association; Houston Young Lawyers Association
  • Texas
  • “Proving Your Case: And Staying Focused,” The American Law Institute: Eminent Domain and Land Value Litigation, February 2015 (co-author with Dixon Montague)
  • “Highest and Best Use and the Role of the Dominant Estate in a Condemnation Case,” The Seminar Group: Easements in Texas, January 2015 (co-author with Dixon Montague)
  • Inside The Minds: Managing Construction Litigation — Leading Lawyers on Organizing Documentation, Developing a Case Strategy, and Overcoming Common Challenges, Thomson Reuters/Aspatore, 2009, “Preparing for Construction Litigation” (co-author)