The Governmental Law Practice Group was established to address the ever increasing complexities of the operations of local, state, and federal government. The Group represents governmental entities of various kinds, including municipalities, counties, school districts, water and utility districts, emergency services districts, and economic development corporations, among others, in all aspects of its operations. The Group also represents many private clients of the Firm in a myriad of administrative, legislative and regulatory legal matters at the local, state and federal levels.
The Group is actively involved in representing private sector and public sector individuals and entities in administrative and judicial proceedings. Some of the proceedings include matters arising from:
- Annexation and Boundary Disputes
- Appraisal and Taxation Disputes
- Bidding, Contracting, and Leasing
- Building and Construction Contract Disputes
- Civil Rights
- Condemnation and Right-of-Way
- Employment Discrimination
- Interlocal Contracts
- Land Use and Zoning
- Liability Insurance and Self-Insurance
- Licensing and Permitting
- Parks and Recreation Accidents
- Police Law Enforcement Liability
- Public Official Liability
- Tort Claims
- Traffic and Highway Design and Maintenance
- Utility Rate Regulation
Preventive Law and Risk Management
The Governmental Law Practice Group also provides legal advice and assistance to the private and public sector on a broad spectrum of legal issues, including those outlined above.
Regulatory, Legislative and Lobbying
The Governmental Law Practice Group also represents public and private clients in regulatory and legislative legal matters at the local, state, and federal levels. By way of example, the Group is regularly engaged in lobbying activities at the federal, state, county and municipal levels, and the Group represents the interests of various Firm clients before federal, state and local regulatory agencies, such as the Federal Environmental Protection Agency, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the United States Army Corps of Engineers, the United States Department of Fish & Wildlife, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the Public Utility Commission of Texas, the Texas Health Department, the State Board of Insurance, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, and the Texas Comptroller's Office, among others.