diligent preparation

We prepare cases for trial. Our lawyers have secured eight-figure settlements and verdicts for plaintiffs.

record of success

We have successfully represented hundreds of property owners in the last 10 years.

giving back to the community

We are active in teaching throughout the state.

skilled attorneys

We have experience protecting every kind of property.

Texas Civil Litigation Attorneys

Marrs Ellis & Hodge LLP is a Texas trial firm with offices in Austin and Houston. Our Texas civil litigation lawyers have extensive courtroom experience representing a variety of clients including individuals, businesses, trusts, estates, and Fortune 500 companies. Contact us today to discuss more information about your specific case and see how we can help you.

Types of Civil Litigation Cases We Handle

Our team of skilled litigation lawyers focuses on a variety of different types of civil cases. Our areas of expertise include:

Eminent Domain and Condemnation

The firm’s Texas condemnation and eminent domain lawyers focus on condemnation and government takings’ cases, fighting for property rights and prevailing at every level. We only represent landowners in condemnation disputes, not governmental authorities or private companies that try to use the legal system to force property owners into giving up their property for a fraction of its worth. This includes improper takings of vacant land and ranches as well as highly improved properties with office buildings, shopping centers, restaurants, hotels, banks, churches, convenience stores, gas stations, manufacturing plants, mines, quarries, and residential subdivisions.

Trusts and Estates

The firm’s trust and estate lawyers in Texas represent clients in disputes related to will contests, trust disputes, breaches of fiduciary duty, life insurance and retirement benefits. Our attorneys understand the sensitive and often personal nature to these types of matters and have the experience to guide clients through trial and appeal of complex estate lawsuits.

Commercial Litigation

Our skilled Texas commercial litigation attorneys handle complex business disputes in courts and arbitrations throughout the state and beyond. We regularly handle matters involving breach of contract, fiduciary problems, and matters that impact business operations. The team also holds substantial experience in areas such as real estate litigation, probate matters, and property disputes.


When negotiation fails to resolve a dispute, our legal team argues cases before state and federal appellate courts throughout Texas and at the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. We understand the rules and procedures of these courts and our winning record in appeals for clients above the trial level is proof of that experience.

Why Choose Marrs Ellis & Hodge LLP?

The firm’s founding partners, all classmates at the University of Texas School of Law, became successful trial lawyers at some of the country’s most prestigious law firms.

Our lawyers have secured eight-figure settlements and verdicts for plaintiffs, obtained dismissals for defendants, and prevailed in scores of other cases in federal and state courts. Diligent preparation, creative problem solving, and skilled execution of sound litigation strategies are hallmarks of our approach to practicing law. We are proud that our client roster consists largely of clients referred to us by former clients and lawyers who have seen us in action.

We prepare every case to go to trial, and our opponents know we will take our cases to verdict and on appeal if necessary. This mindset often brings opposing parties to the table ready for meaningful settlement negotiations.

Representation for Business & Civil Litigation in Texas

Our attorneys use every available tools to achieve an efficient, economical resolution for our client’s dispute with another party, no matter its size. High-stakes negotiations, mediations, arbitrations, dispute resolutions, and trials are normal for us.

From the bargaining table to the courtroom, you can count on us to be prepared and ready to do battle on your behalf. Our legal team is committed to achieving the best possible results for our clients.

Texas Civil Litigation Lawyers Working for You

When you hire Marrs Ellis & Hodge LLP, you can trust that you are receiving some of the best legal representation available. Recognized by the legal community for work in areas such as business litigation, eminent domain, and estate litigation, our attorneys continue to receive accolades and earn selection into publications such as Texas Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters, and Best Lawyers in America by Best Lawyers.

Our trial team of civil litigation attorneys is aggressive, understands the law, and has built an outstanding reputation for winning cases. Clients appreciate that we are experienced, established, and efficient with our time. Let us show you why we are the right firm for you.

Contact our law firm today to discuss your case or dispute with a member of our legal team.