Fred focuses his practice on civil litigation and appeals. His background includes litigation involving public law issues and real estate and commercial disputes.
Fred has represented clients in a wide variety of litigation involving governmental matters, including condemnation and inverse condemnation proceedings, construction disputes, election contests, zoning controversies and contract actions. He has extensive experience with regard to eminent domain law, having represented both acquiring authorities and landowners in a variety of proceedings, including acquisitions for light rail facilities, highway and road widenings, a natural gas storage facility, power line right-of-way, pipeline right-of-way, railroad right-of-way, port facilities and sports venues.
In addition to his public law practice, Fred represents private clients in real property litigation and commercial disputes.
Fred also has represented clients in connection with appellate proceedings, including the preparation of briefs and presentation of argument in appeals from judgments entered in cases handled by Andrews Kurth and the preparation of amicus curiae briefs on behalf of third parties interested in the legal issues presented in other appeals.
- Currently representing a regional water authority in the acquisition of easements for various water line projects.
- Currently representing a large pipeline company in the acquisition of right-of-way for a natural gas liquids and olefins pipeline.
- Currently representing a transit authority in the acquisition of right-of-way necessary for the construction of light rail facilities.
- Represented a municipal power agency in the acquisition, by purchase and condemnation, of right-of-way for the construction of a rail spur.
- Represented a municipal power agency in the acquisition, by purchase and condemnation, of easements required for the construction of an electric power line.
- Represented various water authorities and municipal utility districts in connection with the acquisition of easements for water lines and drainage facilities.
- Currently defending a transit authority in multiple trial court and appellate proceedings in which landowners have claimed that the construction and operation of light rail facilities materially and substantially impaired access to their properties.
- Successfully defended a transit authority against a landowner's claim that the modification of driveways and available means of ingress and egress in connection with the construction of a light rail line resulted in a material and substantial impairment of access to the landowner's adjoining property.
- Successfully defended a transit authority against a claim that it had unlawfully fenced a parking lot adjoining the claimant's property, resulting in a denial of access to that property.
- Represented a major railroad company in connection with the proposed condemnation of a pipeline easement along and across the company's railroad right-of-way.
- Represented a major national bank in the negotiation of the easement terms and compensation due for the acquisition of a power line easement across the bank's property.
- Represented a landowner in contesting the proposed condemnation of a water line easement being constructed to serve a third party's electric power generating plant.
- Represented a large group of landowners in connection with the acquisition of underground storage rights for a natural gas storage facility.
Other Government Litigation
- Successfully defended a transit authority in connection with various construction and contract disputes.
- Successfully defended board members and the executive director of a tax increment reinvestment zone who had been sued after denying a developer's request for funding for a redevelopment project.
Real Property Litigation
- Successfully defended a pipeline company against a landowner's trespass claim arising out of the company's lease of a common carrier pipeline and associated easement rights.
- Following an adverse summary judgment ruling and jury verdict, substituted in as counsel for landowners seeking recovery for Deceptive Trade Practices Act, negligence, and gross negligence claims as a result of a failure to disclose and misrepresentations regarding the existence of a pipeline easement across their residential property. Secured a reversal of the summary judgment and negotiated a favorable settlement of the claims.
- Represented a developer challenging a city's denial of a building permit for an apartment complex and secured a settlement resulting in the issuance of a building permit.
- Successfully represented a landowner in a deed construction dispute involving competing claims to mineral interests.
- US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
- US District Court for the Southern District of Texas