REPRESENTATIVE CLIENTS:

Texas Municipal League
Texas Municipal League Intergovernmental Risk Pool
Texas Association of School Boards

Clear Lake City Water Authority
Cypress Forest Public Utility District
Brookshire Municipal Water District

1717 Bissonnet, L.L.C.

City of Alvin
City of Brenham
City of Bryan
City of Cleveland
City of Conroe
City of Dickinson
City of Friendswood
City of Fulshear
City of Hondo
City of Huntsville
City of Iowa Colony
City of Jersey Village
City of LaPorte
City of League City
City of League Magnolia
City of Oak Ridge North
City of Rosenberg
City of Santa Fe
City of Stafford
City of Shepherd
City of Tomball

Harris-Galveston Area Council
Memorial Villages Police Department
Harris County Appraisal District
San Jacinto County Appraisal District
The Woodlands Township

REPRESENTATIVE CASES:

Pearson v. Callahan, 555 U.S. 223, (2009) (overruling Saucier v. Katz and holding that the two-step qualified immunity inquiry can occur in any order) (representing Texas Association of School Boards as friend of the court).

City of Watauga v.Gordon, 434 S.W.3d 586 (Tex. 2014) (holding that handcuffing injuries unintentionaly caused during arrest are exempt from the waiver of immunity provided by the Tort Claims Act) (representing Texas Municipal League and Texas Association of Counties as friend of the court).

City of Austin v.Whittington, 384 S.W.3d 766 (Tex. 2012) (addressing separation of powers implications in determining the applicability of affirmative defenses to a city's exercise of eminent domain) (representing Clear Lake City Water Authority as friend of the court).

City of Waco v. Kirwan, 298 S.W.3d 618 (Tex. 20, 2009) (holding that cities owe no duty under the Recreational Use Statute to warn of naturally occurring dangers in city parks) (representing Texas Municipal League as friend of the court).

City of Galveston v. State, 217 S.W.3d 466 (Tex. 2007) (case of first impression establishing the immunity of Texas local governmental entities from suit by the State of Texas).

Montgomery County v. Park, 246 S.W.3d 610 (Tex 2007) (adopting modified Burlington standard defining “adverse personnel action” in Texas Whistleblower Act cases) (representing Texas Association of School Boards as friend of the court).

City of Oak Ridge North v.Mendes, 339 S.W.3d 222 (Tex. App.- Beaumont 2011, no pet) (governmental immunity bars claims for violation of the Texas Wiretap Statute, Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code Chap. 123).

Cypress Forest Pub. Util. Dist. v. Kleinwood Mun. Util. Dist., 309 S.W.3d 667 (Tex. App. Houston [14th Dist.] 2010, no pet.) (dismissing inverse condemnation claim on the holding theory that contract rights are not “property” within the meaning Art. I, Sec. 17 of the Texas Constitution).

Clear Lake City Water Auth. v. Salazar, 781 S.W.2d 347 (Tex. App.–Houston [14th Dist.] 1989, orig. proceeding [leave denied]) (recognizing for the first time in Texas law a local legislator’s constitutional privilege to resist judicial intrusion into legislative motives).

Colson v. Grohman, 174 F.3d 498 (5th Cir. 1999) (holding that the First Amendment does not protect a politician from politically-motivated defamation).

City of Galveston v. Gray, 93 S.W.3d 287 (Tex. App.–Houston [14th Dist.] 2002, pet. denied) (case of first impression recognizing that governmental immunity from suit includes an immunity from discovery).

Gaines v. Davis, 928 F.2d 705 (5th Cir. 1991) (recognizes the right of an official to pursue an interlocutory appeal of a discovery order that violates the doctrine of qualified immunity from suit).

City of Fort Worth v. Zimlich, 99 S.W.3d 62 (Tex. 2000) (establishing legal standard for imputing discriminatory intent to a governmental entity under the Texas Whistleblower Act) (representing Texas Association of School Boards as friend of the court).

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