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Joseph P. Regan

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Joseph Regan is a partner in the firm’s Fort Worth office in the firm’s oil, gas & resources practice. Mr. Regan practices on various energy litigation matters, and has maintained a specialized practice in the area of eminent domain law, having represented numerous midstream energy clients and other condemning authorities over the past decade in a variety of litigation and transactional matters involving real property rights acquisitions, easement negotiations, and throughout condemnation proceedings and subsequent trials. He is also experienced in various aspects of civil litigation and appellate law, with an historical emphasis on general commercial litigation in cases involving real estate, financial institutions and financial services disputes.

He is a frequent author and lecturer on eminent domain and other topics ranging from general litigation matters to issues impacting the energy industry and financial services institutions. He has multiple jury trial and bench trial experience in both state and federal courts in Texas. Mr. Regan is also active in Fort Worth community, serving as the current President of the Board of Directors of The WARM Place and having served as a past Director for both the Tarrant County Bar Association.

Professional Background

Prior to joining the firm, Joseph Regan was a shareholder at one of the largest business law firms in Texas, where he concentrated his practice in eminent domain and energy litigation, as well as general commercial, real estate, and fiduciary litigation. After law school, Mr. Regan served one year as a briefing attorney for Justice Douglas S. Lang at the Fifth Court of Appeals in Dallas.

Achievements

  • Texas Rising Stars, Thomson Reuters, 2009-2012
  • 40 Under 40, Fort Worth Business Press, 2006
  • Tarrant County's Top Attorneys in Civil Law--Litigation, Fort Worth, Texas, 2007-2008, 2010-present
  • 360 West Magazine, Top Attorney in Eminent Domain (2017 and 2018), Commercial Litigation (2017), and Civil Law & Litigation (2017) practice areas

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Tarrant County Bar Association, Board of Directors, 2017-2018
  • Chair, Tarrant County Bar Association Brown Bag CLE Seminars Committee, 2016-2017
  • Chair, Tarrant County Bar Association Bench Bar Conference Committee, 2012-2013
  • Chair, Tarrant County Bar Association Docket Call Committee, 2009-2010
  • Tarrant County Bar Association, Bench Bar Conference Committee Member, 2007-2018
  • Tarrant County Bar Association, Judicial Evaluation & Polls Committee Member, 2018-present
  • Eldon B. Mahon Chapter of the American Inns of Court, 2010-2013 (Barrister), 2006-2008 (Associate)
  • William "Mac" Taylor Chapter of the American Inns of Court, 2004-2006 (Associate)
  • The WARM Place, Board of Directors President, 2018-present
  • The WARM Place, Board of Directors, 2016-present
  • The College of the State Bar of Texas, Member since 2007

Speaking Engagements

  • Condemnation for Bankers: Overview of Texas Condemnation and How Financial Institutions Encounter Eminent Domain
  • Eminent Domain 101: Overview & Perspectives from the Landowner and Condemning Authority
  • A Changed Landscape: Latest Developments in Eminent Domain Law for Texas and Other Key States
  • Texas Rice Land Partners, Ltd. v. Denbury Green Pipeline Texas, LLC--The Texas Supreme Court Adds Fuel to the Fire on the Right to Take for Public Use and Individual Private Property Rights
  • Eminent Domain, Legislative Update: Senate Bill 18
  • The Potential Pitfalls of Transactions Involving Fiduciaries
  • Judgment Creditors: Post-Judgment Discovery and Collections
  • Post-Judgment Collections: Overview and Update
  • Arbitration Practice Tips and Update from the Arbitrator and the Attorney

Publications

  • The Merger Clause: A Potential Defense to the Mann Frankfort Implied Promise?, 18 Texas Wesleyan Law Review 729 (Fall 2011) (co-author)
  • The Competency of the Sham Affidavit as Summary Judgment Proof in Texas, 40 St. Mary’s Law Journal 206 (Fall 2008) (co-author)

Eminent Domain Practice

  • Eminent domain and transactional counsel for multi-county segments of 790-mile natural gas liquids (“NGL”) pipeline from Permian Basin to fractionation and storage complex in Mont Belvieu, Texas (representative work includes Ward, Midland, Glasscock, Sterling, Mitchell, Nolan, Taylor, Callahan, Eastland, Erath, Somervell, Hood, and Johnson Counties)
  • Eminent domain and transactional counsel for a five-county Texas segment of an approximately 125-mile interstate transmission NGL pipeline from the Red River to facilities in Johnson County, Texas, including properties located in Montague, Wise, Parker, Hood and Johnson counties
  • Eminent domain and transactional counsel for a three-county segment of 20-mile NGL pipeline located in Midland, Reagan, Glasscock, and Upton counties
  • Eminent domain and transactional counsel for multi-county segment of crude oil and condensate pipeline project from Midland, Texas to Sealy, Texas including Lee, Washington, and Williamson Counties
  • Eminent domain and transactional counsel for 83-mile crude petroleum pipeline project through Austin, Waller, Fort Bend, Brazoria, and Harris Counties
  • Eminent domain and transactional counsel for multi-county northern Texas segment of 831-mile interstate crude petroleum pipeline (representative work included Grayson, Collin, Rockwall, and Kaufman Counties)
  • Eminent domain and transactional counsel for multi-county segments of 580-mile NGL pipeline from Skellytown, Texas to fractionation and storage facilities in Mont Belvieu, Texas (representative work included Carson, Gray, Donley, Collingsworth, Childress, Hardeman, Foard, Baylor, Archer, Jack, Parker, Johnson, McLennan, Falls, Robertson, and Grimes Counties)
  • Eminent domain and transactional counsel for 95-mile crude petroleum pipeline project through Atascosia, Bee, DeWitt, Gonazalez, Karnes, Live Oak, and Wilson Counties
  • Eminent domain and transactional counsel for 87-mile natural gas pipeline project through Webb, Duval, Jim Wells, and Nueces Counties
  • Eminent domain and transactional counsel for 12-mile natural gas loop pipeline project in LaSalle and Webb Counties
  • Eminent domain and transactional counsel for 40-mile natural gas pipeline project through Tarrant, Denton, and Wise Counties, Texas
  • Eminent domain counsel on 125-mile NGL pipeline from Jackson County to Mont Belvieu, Texas
  • Eminent domain and transactional counsel for 345-kV CREZ electric transmission line project in Briscoe County, Texas
  • Represented pipeline company in defense of injunction lawsuit seeking to halt construction of billion-dollar, cross-Texas NGL pipeline