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Zach Brady

ZACH BRADY, PARTNER

Zach practices primarily commercial litigation and agricultural law with a focus on real property litigation, including eminent domain, controversies related to nuisance law, and water rights. He has handled over 200 eminent domain cases in his career, and has an active Public Utility Commission practice. Further, he has first chaired complex jury trials and hotly contested administrative hearings and has successfully argued an appeal centering around Texas’ Right to Farm Act as lead counsel before the Texas Supreme Court. Zach holds the Pre-Eminent Rating of “A.V.” from Martindale-Hubbell, and was named a distinguished alumnus of the Texas Tech College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.

Zach founded ZS Brady & Co. in May, 2006. In 2013, Zach partnered with Brent Hamilton to form Brady & Hamilton, LLP. The firm’s attorneys focus on serving clients in agriculture, real estate, energy and related fields.

Zach has provided legal services to the Texas cotton industry since the beginning of his law practice. He has been active in boll weevil eradication efforts in Texas, first as a staffer to Sen. Robert Duncan from 1997-1999, and as an attorney for the Texas Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation since 1999. He has also represented the Texas Cotton Ginners Association and Plains Cotton Growers for many years.

In the water law arena, Brady developed statutory language, adopted by the Texas Legislature, that was later cited by the Texas Supreme Court in its Day decision, establishing landowner ownership of groundwater in place. Brady has also served on the board of the Brazos River Authority and is a member of the Lubbock Water Advisory Board.

Zach’s community service activities include his work as President of the Lubbock Independent School District Board of Trustees, member of the Texas FFA Association Board of Directors, and service on Senators Cornyn and Cruz's Federal Judicial Evaluation Committee. He is also a past chairman of the Texas Tech Chancellor’s Council, a past chairman of the City of Lubbock Advisory Committee on Oil and Gas Ordinances, a former director of the American Museum of Agriculture, and a former member of the Texas FFA Association Board of Directors.

Education:

• J.D., with honors, University of Texas (1999)

• B.S., magna cum laude, Texas Tech University (1995)

Professional Associations/Memberships:

• State Bar of Texas (Chair, Agricultural Law Committee)

• Lubbock County Bar Association

• Lubbock County Young Lawyers Association

Reported Cases:

• Holubec v. Brandenberger, et al., 111 S.W.3d 32 (Tex. 2003)

• Domingo v. Skidmore, 2011 WL 4478385 (Tex. App. – Amarillo, August 31, 2011)

• Wallace v. Kent County, 2013 WL 4531253 (Tex. App. – Amarillo, August 21, 2013)


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BRENT HAMILTON, PARTNER

Brent Hamilton received his BA in Petroleum Land Management from Texas Tech University, and returned there for law school after working in the oil and gas industry. Brent was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1996, and is licensed to practice in all Texas State Courts and the Federal Courts of Texas, Colorado and New Mexico. Brent has a general civil litigation and energy practice, which focuses on serving the needs of business and land owners. Brent has years of trial experience, and has successfully served as lead trial counsel in numerous cases which have been cited by the State and Federal Courts of Appeal and the Texas Supreme Court. Brent’s energy practice focuses on lease issues, royalty litigation, eminent domain, and wind energy transactions, representing both land owners and energy companies. Brent is a member of the Lubbock County Bar Association, Texas State Bar, American Board of Trial Advocates and American Bar Associations. He has served twice as President of the Hale County Bar Association, and has been appointed to serve on committees for the Seventh Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of Texas.

Education:

• J.D., Texas Tech University School of Law (1996)

• B.A., Petroleum Land Management, Texas Tech University (1993)

Professional Associations/Memberships:

• State Bar of Texas

• Lubbock County Bar Association

•American Board of Trial Advocates

Reported Cases:

• Occidental Permian, Ltd. v. French, 391 S.W.3d 215 (Tex. App. – Eastland, 2012, pet. granted)

• In re Estate of Catlin, 311 S.W.3d 697 (Tex. App. – Amarillo, 2010, pet. denied)

• Parker County’s Squaw Creek Downs, L.P. v. Watson, 2009 WL 885941 (Tex. App. – Fort Worth, April 2, 2009)

• Watson v. Tipton, 274 S.W.3d 791 (Tex. App. – Fort Worth, 2008, pet. denied)

• King v. Lawley, 2008 WL 3877691 (Tex. App. – Austin, August 22, 2008)

• Oneok Westex Transmission, L.P. v. Castor Oil, Inc., 2007 WL 547768 (Tex. App. – Amarillo, February 22, 2007)

• Dunnagan v. Watson, 204 S.W.3d 30 (Tex. App. – Fort Worth, 2006, pet. denied)

• City of Willow Park v. Squaw Creek Downs, L.P., 166 S.W.3d 336 (Tex. App. – Fort Worth, 2005, no pet.)

• Wafer v. State, 58 S.W.3d 138 (Tex. App. – Amarillo, 2001, no pet.)

• In re Trinity Meadows Raceway, Inc., 2007 WL 2713920 (Bankr. N.D. Tex., September 11, 2007)


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GARRETT COUTS, ASSOCIATE

Garrett practices primarily in real estate, energy, business formations and transactions, and agricultural law.

 

Garrett grew up in Pampa, Texas, raising and showing livestock and participating in various agriculture-related organizations and events such as Gray County 4-H and Texas FFA, as well as playing tennis for the Pampa Harvesters. 

 

The Couts family are Texas Tech Red Raiders through-and-through. Garett and each of his two sisters have two degrees each from Texas Tech University, and Garrett’s mother was Texas Tech Parent of the Year in 2013. While at Texas Tech University, Garrett studied Agricultural Communications with minors in Agribusiness and Political Science, served in numerous organizations including the CASNR Agri-Techsans and the Texas Tech University Student Government. Garrett graduated as the top student in his degree program and with magna cum laude honors. Through the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Garrett worked in Washington D.C. for Congressman Mike Conaway on the 2013 FARRM Bill. 

 

While attending Texas Tech University School of Law, Garrett participated in numerous organizations, including: the Texas Tech University Supreme Court (Justice); Delta Theta Phi; Academy for Leadership in the Legal Profession; and various others. 

 

Garrett began his legal pursuit working for Saleh Law in Lubbock and Lamesa during his undergraduate studies.  During law school, Garrett worked for McCleskey, Harriger, Brazill & Graf, and McWhorter, Cobb, & Johnson, and clerked for the statutory Probate Court No 2 of Dallas County for the Honorable Elizabeth Warren.

 

After law school Garrett became an attorney with McCleskey, Harriger, Brazill & Graf, where he practiced extensively in probate and estates, energy law, real estate, agricultural issues, commercial and personal litigation, and various other areas. Garrett then joined the Brady & Hamilton team in 2019. 

 

Garrett’s community service activities include serving on the board of the Lubbock County Young Lawyers, volunteering through legal aid clinics for pro bono legal services, serving on various committees of the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce, mentoring for the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce Young Entrepreneurs Academy, volunteering at the Texas Tech University School of Law for various events and organizations, and serving on the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Alumni Task Force. 

 

Education:

• J.D., magna cum laude, Texas Tech University School of Law (2017)

• B.S. Agricultural Communications, magna cum laude, Texas Tech University (2014)

 

Professional Associations/Memberships:

• Lubbock County Bar Association (2017-Present)

• Lubbock County Young Lawyers Association (2017-Present / Director–2019-Present)

• American Inns of Court (2017-Present)

• American Agricultural Law Association (2017-Present)

• Lubbock Chamber of Commerce: Young Professionals of Lubbock (2017-Present)

• Lubbock Chamber of Commerce: Agriculture Committee (2017-Present)

• Lubbock Chamber of Commerce: Ambassadors (2017-Present)

• Real Estate, Probate & Trust Law Section of the State Bar of Texas (2017-Present)

• Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Alumni Task Force (2018-Present)

• Lubbock Chamber of Commerce Young Entrepreneurs Academy Mentor (2018-Present)

• Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity, Lindsey Senate (2014-Present)

 

Professional Recognitions & Awards:

• Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Scholarship Recipient & Scholars Alumni (2010-Present)

• Phi Delta Phi, Legal Honor Society (2015-Present)

• Texas Bar College (2018-Present)

• Lubbock Chamber of Commerce and Young Professionals of Lubbock Twenty Under Forty Award Recipient (2018)

• Lubbock Chamber of Commerce Leadership Lubbock Class of 2020 (2020)

• Legal Aid of Northwest Texas: 2019 Pro Bono Young Lawyer Award (2019)


DAN FOSTER, OF COUNSEL

Dan Foster focuses his practice on representing individual and business landowners throughout the state of Texas in the areas of eminent domain and condemnation, including in government negotiations, administrative proceedings, and civil trials. Mr. Foster also represents clients in cases involving property rights, vested rights, real estate, and civil litigation. Mr. Foster is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the Travis County Bar Association, and the Real Estate Council of Austin. Mr. Foster attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in 1990 and his Juris Doctorate in 1999. He was admitted to practice in Texas in 1999. Mr. Foster grew up in Hughes Springs, Texas.

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TAYLOR GIFFORD, COUNSEL

Taylor practices commercial litigation with a focus on representing landowners in eminent domain and real property matters primarily throughout Texas. Prior to joining Brady & Hamilton, Taylor served as In-House Counsel for a large international semiconductor manufacturer managing all aspects of its commercial litigation. While in private practice, she successfully represented companies around the country as regional and national counsel in a wide range of high risk commercial, product liability, and toxic tort litigation. Immediately following law school, Taylor served as the briefing attorney to the Honorable Woodie Jones and David Puryear on the Third Court of Appeals.


Taylor received her BA in Plan II and her law degree from the University of Texas and is originally from Midland.


Education:

• J.D., University of Texas School of Law (2000)

• B.A., Plan II, University of Texas at Austin (1997)

Professional Associations/Memberships:

• State Bar of Texas

• Travis County Bar Association

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JOHN N. MCCLISH, OF COUNSEL

John N. McClish focuses his practice on representing rural and urban landowners throughout Texas in eminent domain and condemnation proceedings, as well as matters involving property rights and vested rights. Mr. McClish is Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Civil Appellate Law and Civil Trial Law, and has a proven track record of success in civil trials, appeals, and administrative proceedings. As a testament to his reputation as a preeminent land use lawyer, Mr. McClish has been selected to Texas Super Lawyers, and is "AV" rated by Martindale-Hubbell, signifying the highest ethical standards and legal ability.


Mr. McClish is a Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, as well as a member of the State Bar of Texas, the Travis County Bar Association, and the American Bar Association. He attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in 1971 and his Juris Doctorate in 1980. Mr. McClish was admitted to practice in Texas in 1980. He was born in Burnet, Texas.

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LAURA PRATT, ASSOCIATE

Laura joined Brady & Hamilton, LLP in 2018, practicing commercial litigation, administrative law, and agricultural law with a focus on real property litigation, including eminent domain.


Laura began her legal career in the City of Lubbock Attorney’s Office in 2010. Although originally hired as the assistant city attorney for environmental compliance, her practice areas expanded to include litigation and misdemeanor prosecutions. She regularly advised the city council, city boards, and city staff on various municipal, employment, oil and gas, water, civil service, metropolitan planning, health care, and immigration law issues.


After completing a two-year relocation overseas in the United Arab Emirates and immediately prior to joining Brady & Hamilton, Laura held the position of Executive Director for OneVoiceHome, a local non-profit organization she helped form in 2015, seeking to establish a safe home for girls who have been sexually-exploited or trafficked in the West Texas region. She served in this role for about a year, using her broad experience to transition the organization from the initial concept phase into the operational development phase.


Laura’s community service activities include her work as the District 3 Director for the Texas Young Lawyers Association and as a director for the Lubbock Area Bar Association. She is also a Texas Bar Foundation fellow and a member of the Texas Bar College. She also serves on the Board of Directors for OneVoiceHome.


Education:

J.D., magna cum laude, Texas Tech University School of Law (2009)

·        Law and Science Certificate

·        Certificate of Excellence in Legal Research

·        Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

·        CALI Awards: Criminal Law, Accounting for Lawyers, Environmental Law, & International Environmental Law

·        Jurisprudence Awards: Legal Practice I, Torts, Nanotechnology, Bioethics, & Immigration Law


B.A. in Biochemistry with minor in Business Management, University of Arkansas (2007)

·        Senior Scholar, GPA 3.975

·        Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society


Bar and Court Admissions:

State Bar of Texas

U.S. District Court: Northern and Western Districts of Texas

U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals: Fifth Circuit

 

Professional Associations/Memberships:

Texas Bar College, Member, 2010−Present

Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow, 2014−Present

Lubbock County Women Lawyers’ Association

·        President, January 2012–July 2013

Texas Young Lawyers Association

·        Board Member, 2013–2015

·        Board Member, Present

Lubbock Area Bar Association

·        Secretary, 2012−2013

·        Director, 2018−Present


Publications:

Hidden in Plain Sight: A General Overview of the Human Trafficking Issue

·        75 Texas Bar Journal 762 (November 2012)


Decreasing Dirty Dumping? A Reevaluation of Toxic Waste Colonialism and the Global Management of Transboundary Hazardous Waste

·        35 William & Mary Environmental Law & Policy Review 581 (Winter 2011).

·        41 Texas Environmental Law Journal 147 (Winter 2011).


Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans – Seeking Accreditation

·        74 Texas Bar Journal 928 (November 2011)


Decreasing Dirty Dumping?, Waste and Resource Recovery Newsletter (Waste and Resource Recovery Committee, Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, American Bar Association), Vol. 11, No.2 (July 2011)


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SUE DOMINGUE WALL, OF COUNSEL

Sue Domingue Wall practices in the areas of eminent domain, condemnation, and property rights. Ms. Wall is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the Travis County Bar Association and the Travis County Women Lawyers Association. She earned her Bachelor of Business Administration from Sam Houston State University in 1982 and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Houston. She was admitted to practice in Texas in 1986. Ms. Wall was born in Port Arthur, Texas.