Justin A. Hodge

Justin A. Hodge


Marrs Ellis & Hodge LLP

Recognized since 2021

Houston, Texas

Practice Areas

Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law

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Justin Hodge is a seasoned trial lawyer who has successfully represented landowners in condemnation lawsuits against the government and other condemning authorities. His extensive track record and knowledge about condemnation and eminent domain issues have positioned as one of the leading authorities on the matter.

He has testified on behalf of Texas landowners in front of both the Texas House of Representatives and the Texas Senate, and teaches a course on eminent domain and land takings at the University of Houston School of Law. Mr. Hodge also co-authors TexasCondemnation.com – a weekly blog that educates landowners about current Texas condemnation and eminent domain issues.

In addition to his selection to the 2021 list of Best Lawyers in America, Mr. Hodge’s eminent domain work has earned him multiple honors, including being named to Texas Super Lawyers for two consecutive years, as well as earning the distinction of Texas Rising Star – which is awarded to only the top 2.5 percent of Texas Lawyers age 40 or younger.

Mr. Hodge’s passion for Texas property rights allows him to serve clients throughout the region, including the communities of Austin, Baytown, Bastrop, Beaumont, Bellmead, Bruceville-Eddy, Clear Lake, Cleburne, Columbus, Conroe, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Dayton, Denton, Decatur, Belton, Georgetown, Dallas, Elm Mott, Fort Worth, League City, Hillsboro, Hewitt, Houston, Lampasas, Leander, Madisonville, Mansfield, McAllen, McKinney, Killeen, Round Rock, Robinson, Rogers, Salado, San Antonio, Seguin, Shenandoah, Troy, Tomball, Waxahachie, Waco, The Woodlands, and Wichita Falls, Texas. His work also covers areas such as Bastrop County, Bell County, Bexar County, Brazoria County, Chambers County, Collin County, Comanche County, Colorado County, Dallas County, Denton County, Ellis County, Erath County, Fayette County, Fort Bend County, Galveston County, Guadalupe County, Grimes County, Harris County, Hidalgo County, Hill County, Jefferson County, Lampasas County, La Salle County, Leon County, Madison County, Montague County, Montgomery County, McLennan County, Tarrant County, Titus County, Travis County, and Williamson County. Mr. Hodge received his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and is involved in several professional organizations, including the Christian Legal Society (where he serves of the Board of Directors), Young Lawyer’s Steering Committee (chairing the U.S. Supreme Court Subcommittee from 2007 to 2008), the Defense Research Institute, the American Bar Association, Texas Young Lawyers Association, the Houston Bar Association, the Houston Young Lawyers Association, the Texas Farm Bureau, and the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association.

Contact & Links

Locations

  • 9811 Katy Freeway, Suite 900
    Houston, TX 77024
  • 805 West Tenth Street, Suite 400
    Austin, TX 78701

Languages

  • Spanish

Education

  • The University of Texas, J.D., graduated 2002
  • Texas Tech University, B.S. - Agriculture and Applied Economics, graduated 1999

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 2002

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association - Member
  • Christian Legal Society - Board of Directors
  • Defense Research Institute - Member
  • Houston Bar Association - Member
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association - Member
  • Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association - Member
  • Texas Farm Bureau - Member
  • Texas Young Lawyers Association - Member
  • Young Lawyer's Steering Committee, U.S. Supreme Court Subcommittee - Chair (2007-2008)

Court Admissions

  • Federal Court of Claims
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Texas

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law

Awards:

  • Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2018-2020
  • Texas Rising Stars, Thomson Reuters, 2008-2010, 2013, 2017
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2021

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Articles & Publications

“Homeowners Flooded by Water Release of Barker-Addicks Dam,” Houston Chapter of the Appraisal Institute, September 2018

Articles & Publications

“Legal Impacts of Hurricane Harvey Ongoing Barker Addicks Takings Litigation Against the Government by Flooded Home and Business Owners,” CLE International’s Houston Eminent Domain Conference, May 2018 (Program Co-Chair)

Articles & Publications

“Understanding Utility Easements and Rights of Way,” Boundaries and Easements, HalfMoon Education, Inc., June 2018

Articles & Publications

“Groundwater Law: The Ancient Rule of Capture and the Modern Accommodation Doctrine,” Texas Bar Journal , Vol. 80, No. 11, December 2017 (co-author).

Articles & Publications

“Understanding Utility Easements and Rights of Way,” Land and Water Law: Ownership and Access Conference, HalfMoon Education, Inc., December 2016.

Articles & Publications

“Texas’ Yellow-Brick Road to Acquiring Common-Carrier Status,” (co-author), Real Estate, Condemnation, and Trust Litigation: **previously published via: American Bar Association Section of Litigation, Summer 2015, Vo. 13, No. 2

Articles & Publications

“Enjoyment and Preservation of Property: The Great and Chief End of Government,” ALI-CLE; The American Law Institute, San Francisco, California, February 2015

Eminent Domain

Mr. Hodge's practice focuses on representing land owners in eminent domain and condemnation matters.

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