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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)


Zach Brady

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)


Zach Brady

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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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 Ingrid M. 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. 

 

Bar & Court Admissions:

• All Texas State Courts

• All U.S. District Courts of Texas (Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts)


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:

• Texas Young Lawyers Association (2017-Present / Director - 2021- Present)

• Lubbock County Young Lawyers Association (2017-Present / Director–2019-2021)

• Lubbock Area Bar Association (2017-Present)

• Texas Bar College (2018-Present)

• American Inns of Court (2017-Present)

• American Agricultural Law Association (2017-Present)

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

 

Professional Recognitions & Awards:

• Lubbock Area Bar Association: Outstanding Young Lawyer (2020-2021)

• Lubbock Chamber of Commerce: Leadership Lubbock Class of 2020 (2019-2020)

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

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

• Texas Bar College (2018-Present)

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

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





Zach Brady

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 2021-2022 Vice President, and former District 3 Director, of 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

• State Bar of Texas’s Administration of Rules of Evidence Committee, Member, 2020-2023

• Lubbock County Women Lawyers’ Association

·        President, January 2012–July 2013

• Texas Young Lawyers Association

·        Vice President, 2021-2022

·        Board Member, 2019-2021

·        Board Member, 2013–2015

• Lubbock Area Bar Association

·        Director, 2018−Present

·        Secretary, 2012−2013

• Lubbock County Young Lawyers Association

• Lubbock County Women Lawyers’ Association

·        President, January 2012–July 2013


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)


LUBBOCK LAW NOTES

·        Stars of Texas Bars Award 2018—Best Feature/General Interest Series of Articles Award

·        Stars of Texas Bars Award 2014—News Article, Best Feature/Substantive Law Series of Articles, and Best Feature/General          Interest Series of Articles Award


Professional Recognition & Awards:

• TYLA Outstanding Director Award (2019–2020)

• TYLA Commitment to Service Award (2014–2015)

• TYLA Outstanding First Year Director Award (2013−2014)

• TYLA President's Award of Merit (2012−2013)

LABA President’s Award of Merit (2014−2015)

LABA Outstanding Young Lawyer Award (2013−2014)

• Tech Law Alumni Association Herschell L. Barnes Ambassador Award,2014

• Tech Law Alumni Association Bob Black Bar Leaders Award, 2013


Community Service & Involvement:

• OneVoiceHome, Founding Board Member & President

·        Provides a safe home for restoration and new beginnings for sexually exploited girls.

• Voice of Hope, Volunteer

·        Provides help, hope, & healing to persons affected by sexual violence by providing education, awareness, & support.

• Upland Heights Elementary School, PTA, 2017–Present

• Turning Point Community Church, Volunteer

Zach Brady

M. AMES HUTTON, ASSOCIATE

Ames is a litigator who joined B&H in 2020 after an eight-year stint as in-house counsel for a healthcare company. He has tried jury trials and bench trials in state and federal courts across Texas. Ames’ focus is commercial litigation in the areas of real property rights, business and insurance disputes, and personal injury.


A native of Dallas, Ames graduated cum laude from Washington and Lee University (BA, History). He then worked as a legal assistant at a prominent Dallas law firm before attending law school at the University of Texas. After obtaining his law license, Ames spent thirteen years in private law practice, handling all aspects of civil litigation matters in the areas of insurance defense, personal injury, employment and general commercial litigation, including trying multiple cases to verdict.   He then transitioned to an in-house counsel role for the largest operator of short-stay surgical facilities in the country, where he started as a corporate generalist and ultimately came to oversee all litigation matters for the company.


Ames is a long-time volunteer for Carry The Load, a non-profit dedicated to honoring the sacrifices of military and first responder heroes, and he spent fifteen years as Class Agent for Washington and Lee. He is a former youth sports coach and avid high school football fan.  

Zach Brady

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.

Zach Brady

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.