Houston Inverse Condemnation Attorneys
Serving Clients All Across Texas
In the typical eminent domain scenario, the government takes direct action to acquire private property by negotiating a purchase or initiating condemnation proceedings. However, the government might take or damage property without paying fair compensation, even through legislation.
Inverse condemnation occurs when the government takes your private property without filing a condemnation action. This often occurs when the property is considered no longer valuable due to sewage, flooding, air pollution, or noise pollution.
Property owners who have their property taken through this process have the right to bring a lawsuit against the condemning authority. As a property owner, you have the burden of establishing that the government violated your constitutional rights. This is an uphill battle, especially without the benefit of an experienced Houston lawyer to counsel you throughout the process.
Dedicated Advocates for Property Owners
Why Choose Our Houston Inverse Condemnation Lawyers?
- 30+ years of defending landowners’ rights
Partner John T. McDowell:
- Selected for the Thompson Reuters® Texas Super Lawyers® list in 2007-2011, 2014-2015, and 2017-2018.
- AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell®
- Selected for the National Trial Lawyers' list of Top 100 Civil Plaintiff's lawyers
At McDowell Law Group LLP, we are dedicated to defending property owners' rights throughout Texas. Our attorneys have the experience and persistence it takes to oppose the government (or other condemning authorities) in these complex claims. Additionally, we are well-versed in the nuances of eminent domain law - a niche field that only a small percentage of lawyers will tackle. Our combined legal knowledge, business acumen, and litigation skills makes us the ideal advocates for residential and business property owners alike.
Aggressively Challenging Regulatory Takings
Indirect takings sometimes occur under the guise of lawmaking. When the government imposes such strict regulations that the property is left with zero value, the impact on the owner is essentially the same as if the government had expropriated the property outright. This same outcome may also result from land use restrictions, denials of vital permits, and other regulatory actions.
Our firm represents property owners in all types of inverse condemnation claims, including regulatory takings. We possess a thorough grasp of the vast body of state and federal case law that governs these claims. You can turn to us for thorough and accurate guidance.
Learn more in a free consultation. Call (713) 496-0504 to request yours.
We are based in Houston and welcome claims from all across Texas.