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Fee, Smith & Sharp attorneys represent municipal government entities throughout Texas. For several decades years, our expansive knowledge of Texas municipal law has shaped our many long-standing client relationships with cities, water and sewer districts, public utility districts, police and fire departments, special purpose districts, and other local government agencies. Our government clients rely on our Government and Municipal attorneys for their seasoned professional judgment, high ethical standards, and sound business sense. Our attorneys have broad expertise in all aspects of municipal law including land use and environmental regulations, labor & employment and workplace investigations, insurance and coverage issues, and commercial transactions. Representing municipal entities, officials, and employees in all phases of administrative proceedings, court hearings, and at trial, our attorneys appear in Texas state courts, the Texas Supreme Court as well as the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Our Government and Municipal team drafts and negotiates contracts, assists in drafting legislation, advises entities regarding regulatory compliance and code enforcement, and works with entities to manage revenue collection and fine enforcement.

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Noted Texas municipal law scholars, our attorneys have written and lectured on topics such as defense litigation tactics, school matters, civil rights litigation, employment law, and special issues in municipal law, and have presented before the Texas City Attorneys’ Association, the Texas State Bar Association as well as national municipal law conferences.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What steps should my company take to prepare for potential litigation in Texas?

If your company is facing the possibility of litigation in Texas, it’s essential to take certain steps to prepare. First, gather and organize all relevant documents, contracts, and communications related to the dispute. Consult with your in-house legal team or engage outside counsel to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of your case. It’s crucial to preserve any electronic or physical evidence that may be relevant to the litigation. Finally, communicate openly and regularly with your trial lawyer to ensure a comprehensive understanding of the situation and develop an effective legal strategy.

Can my company be sued in multiple jurisdictions in Texas?

Yes, it’s possible for a company to be sued in multiple jurisdictions within Texas. This can occur if the company has operations, employees, or significant contacts in different counties or cities across the state. In such cases, it’s crucial to work with an experienced trial lawyer who understands the complexities of multi-jurisdictional litigation. They can help you navigate the various procedural rules and strategize the most effective approach to handle the litigation in each jurisdiction.

How long does the litigation process typically take for a company in Texas?

The duration of litigation can vary widely depending on the specific circumstances of the case. Complex commercial disputes involving companies often take longer than simple personal injury cases. The litigation process in Texas generally involves several stages, including pleadings, discovery, pre-trial motions, trial, and potentially an appeal. It’s challenging to provide an exact timeline, as each case is unique. However, your trial lawyer can provide a rough estimate based on their experience and knowledge of the specific court where the case is being litigated.

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