Eminent Domain

Luke Ellis Featured in Top 50 Super Lawyers of Central/West Texas

Posted in Eminent Domain on May 19, 2022

Luke Ellis was featured in the 2021 Edition of Super Lawyers as one of the Top 50 Super Lawyers in Central/West Texas. Luke’s practice focuses on representing Texas property owners facing eminent domain and other condemnation proceedings


Texas Eminent Domain Vs. Condemnation

Posted in Condemnation,Eminent Domain on April 4, 2022

Texas is a state that has lots of open land and natural resources. As a result, many property owners across the state receive notice from the government that it intends to claim their land, citing the rule of eminent domain. If you are facing eminent domain proceedings, it is important to be aware of what… read more


How to Resolve High-Stakes Property Disputes

Posted in Condemnation,Eminent Domain on April 4, 2022

If you own property in Texas, you will likely encounter a conflict with a neighbor, private business, or even a government agency. From boundary line disagreements to land ownership disputes, these situations can be stressful and affect your daily life. In cases where you encounter a high-stakes property dispute, it is important to stay calm… read more


Justin Hodge, Kyle Baum, and Kyle Hlavinka Speak at Brazoria County Bar Association

Posted in Brazoria County,Condemnation,Eminent Domain,Infrastructure Projects,Pipeline,Power line,TxDOT,Uncategorized on January 20, 2022

Justin Hodge, Kyle Baum, and Kyle Hlavinka presented on eminent domain at the January 2022 Brazoria County Bar Association luncheon. Brazoria County is one of the fastest growing Counties in the Texas and continues to experience a significant volume of condemnation and eminent domain-cases. You can watch the entire CLE presentation here. Special thanks to… read more


Justin Hodge Quoted in Law360

Posted in Condemnation,Eminent Domain,Houston eminent domain,Infrastructure Projects,Texas Central Railroad,TxDOT on January 4, 2022

Emma Whitford, with Law360, wrote a terrific article related to Texas eminent domain entitled “3 Real Estate Cases to Watch in 2022.” As part of the 3 real estate cases to watch in 2022, she includes Texas Central Railroad & Infrastructure Inc. et al. v. James Fredrick Miles. Here is the article: https://www.law360.com/articles/1449498/3-real-estate-cases-to-watch-in-2022 The Texas… read more


Luke Ellis Quoted in ABC News Story

Posted in Border Fence,Border Wall,Eminent Domain,News on April 20, 2021

Luke Ellis quoted in a national ABC News story regarding the status of Trump’s border wall and the implications for landowners. After pledging not to build up Trump’s border wall, Biden’s intentions remain unclear- ABC News


Property Rights in the State of Texas

Posted in Condemnation,Eminent Domain on October 15, 2020

Texas is full of natural resources, beautiful landscapes, and wide-open space. Unfortunately, these benefits often leave Texas landowners vulnerable to the government. If the land could be useful for the public, a government agency or utility company may exercise eminent domain to take control of the property. Eminent domain is a constitutional right that the… read more


What Is Eminent Domain in Texas?

Posted in Eminent Domain on August 17, 2020

Texas is a state rich in natural resources and vast expanses of land. The legal concept of eminent domain is particularly important for Texas landowners, since this right allows the government to seize private land for public use. Today, more and more government agencies and private companies are seeking to seize property—and understanding eminent domain… read more


DART “Silver Line” May Damage Businesses in Dallas – Fox News 4 Features Justin Hodge

Posted in Condemnation,Eminent Domain,News on September 28, 2019

Dallas Fox 4 discusses the impact of the DART “Silver Line” on business owners and interviews Marrs Ellis & Hodge, LLP partner, Justin Hodge, regarding property rights reform. https://www.fox4news.com/news/business-owner-worries-dart-silver-line-construction-will-hurt-bottom-line


Texas Lawyers Publishes Eminent Domain Article Written by Marrs Ellis & Hodge Attorneys

Posted in Eminent Domain,News on June 26, 2019

Texas Eminent Domain Reform Senate Bill 421 was shot down in the Texas Legislature. By Justin Hodge, John Appel and Luke Ellis “Texas is experiencing a rapid surge in economic activity, population growth, and infrastructure needs. That growth has meant new oil and gas pipelines, large-diameter water pipelines, roads, railways, and high-voltage-power lines all across… read more