Founded in 1979 by former Attorney General and Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court, John Hill, the Austin office has grown into a well-established, full-service office with strong ties to the Austin business and political community. Located on Congress Avenue near the State Capitol, Austin is home to our Texas public policy group, which handles various legislative matters, including lobbying and legislative counseling, for a myriad of clients. Key practices include legislative and administrative, intellectual property litigation, healthcare, land use and property rights, environmental, commercial litigation, corporate, real estate and technology.
Our Austin office was awarded four Tier 1 practice rankings by the 2011-2012 U.S. News-Best Lawyers® in the areas of Banking & Finance Litigation, Construction Litigation, Real Estate Litigation, and Securities/Capital Markets Law.
The Austin office trial lawyers have defended and prosecuted matters involving intellectual property, insurance coverage, anti-trust, environmental, telecommunications, professional malpractice defense, and technology disputes. We handle cases in state and federal trial and appellate courts, as well as administrative proceedings throughout the State of Texas and in other states. Recent matters include the defense of independent directors of a publicly traded special-purpose acquisition company against shareholder-derivative claims and the defense of corporate officers in securities-fraud litigation against a publicly traded medical device maker.
The Austin office has a real estate practice known for its innovative work on land use and property rights matters. The Austin office lawyers have significant experience representing clients throughout the state in environmental matters involving governmental relations, permit acquisition, pollution abatement and remediation, due diligence investigation, utility rate setting, and regulatory compliance. We also represent clients in the construction of new facilities and resolution of construction disputes. The firm was awarded a 2002 Environmental Excellence Award from the State of Texas for the efforts associated with the American Airlines Center and Victory development.
Austin corporate lawyers have represented large and small clients and have assisted our clients on a variety of matters. Our Austin lawyers also represent many companies as their principal outside counsel, handling the bulk of their legal needs from corporate governance to licensing agreements to acquisitions. Our corporate lawyers also work with our estate planning lawyers to help handle our client's personal net worth, working to ensure that their estates are passed on in the most tax efficient and effective manner. Our corporate practice also encompasses "public private partnerships" including matters that involve the formation of private prisons, water treatment facilities, and a variety of other transactions involving private companies working with state and local governments.