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Condemnation & Eminent Domain

Experience Highlights

  • February 2018 – 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

  • 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)

  • 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

  • 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) 

  • 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 (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) 

  • 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 trial for the owner of a private mini storage facility in the state’s partial taking to widen the Katy Freeway, resulting in a net recovery of $5.3 million on an original offer of $2.2 million (trial counsel, monetary damages)

  • 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 (trial counsel, monetary damages)

  • 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)

  • 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

  • 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 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)