Practice Areas

Brown, Proctor & Howell attorneys offer clients a deep and thorough knowledge of five highly complex industries, along with a solid foundation in business/commercial law and real estate law. Please consider our detailed information for these areas:

Aviation Law

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Aviation Law

Brown, Proctor & Howell’s international reputation as an outstanding aviation law firm establishes a solid base of confidence for clients facing lawsuits involving product liability, wrongful death, and personal injury. Brown, Proctor & Howell ranks in the first tier among law firms listed in the 2013 U.S. News and World Report’s Best Lawyers® list for Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants and Transportation Law in the Fort Worth/Dallas metropolitan area. Our long-term relationships include Bell Helicopter Textron, a Brown, Proctor & Howell client for more than forty years.

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Stephen Howell, Lead Partner

With more than thirty-five years of air law experience, Stephen Howell leads the Aviation Law Division.

 We understand the complex technical aspects of aviation claims involving:

  • Military helicopters and airplanes
  • Domestic and international airlines
  • Freight and cargo carriers
  • General aviation airplanes and helicopters

Brown, Proctor & Howell aviation law attorneys defend clients cases including:

  • Airplane and helicopter crashes
  • Aviation equipment malfunctions
  • Airplane or helicopter structural and component failures
  • Pilot or other operator errors

Aviation law clients we serve currently:

  • Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc.
  • United States Aircraft Insurance Group (USAIG)
  • Goodrich Corporation

Aviation Lawyers:

Stephen Howell – Lead Partner
John Proctor – Managing Partner
Cailin Ringelman – Partner

Railroad Law

Railroad lawyers at Brown, Proctor & Howell defend national companies facing personal injury, wrongful death, property damage and employee lawsuits. Our litigation experts bring thorough knowledge of the railroad industry, including crossing accident defense, federal preemption, and the Federal Employer Liability Act, in a highly coordinated plan to protect your company’s interests. As further confirmation of our attorneys’ excellence, our firm ranks in the 2013 national first tier for railroad law in the United States as shown in the U.S. News and World Report’s Best Lawyers list.

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John Proctor, Lead Partner

John W. Proctor, a railroad defense attorney with more than 30 years of experience, represents Union Pacific Railroad and BNSF Railway, the two largest railroad companies in the nation. His extensive trial experience, combined with that of Brown, Proctor & Howell’s seasoned team of railroad attorneys, has resulted in successful outcomes involving serious injuries and significant monetary damages.  Proctor earned distinction for his work with ranking on the 2013 national Best Lawyers® list, produced by U.S. News and World Report, in the area of  Railroad Law and Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants.

Brown, Proctor & Howell railroad defense attorneys assist clients with cases involving:

  • Failure to heed railroad warning systems
  • Vehicle/pedestrian railroad crossing accidents
  • Hazardous cargo spills
  • Railroad employee claims
  • Locomotive, freight car, rail track, and other equipment malfunction

Railroad clients we serve currently or have provided services to:

  • BNSF Railway Company
  • Union Pacific Corporation
  • Union Pacific Railroad Co.

Attorneys:

John W. Proctor, Partner
Michael Peck, Partner
Sheryl Norman, Partner
Robert Piwetz, Partner
Cailin Ringelman, Partner
Afton Sands, Partner

Railroad Law

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Construction Law

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Construction Law

Brown, Proctor & Howell construction attorneys defend clients confronted with lawsuits seeking millions of dollars in damages. We also prosecute complex lawsuits for substantial damages against parties on behalf of construction clients in Texas and across the nation.  Our firm ranks in the first tier among law firms listed in the 2013 U.S. News and World Report’s Best Lawyers list for Litigation – Construction in the Fort Worth/Dallas metropolitan area.

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Brown, Proctor & Howell construction attorneys defend clients and prosecute parties on behalf of clients involved in:

  • Developer/Contractor/Subcontractor Disputes
  • Contract performance and delay issues
  • Payment and collection disputes
  • Construction defect disputes and resulting damages
  • Mechanic and materialmen liens
  • Bond claims
  • Arbitration
  • Obtaining top local construction counsel throughout the United States

Types of construction businesses represented by Brown, Proctor & Howell attorneys:

  • Real estate developers
  • General contractors
  • Subcontractors
  • Commercial and residential property owners
  • Material suppliers

Construction Lawyers:

Michael Peck, Partner
Larry Wilshire, Partner

Review our client list to better understand our depth of experience.

Please feel free to contact us at (817) 332-1391 in Fort Worth or (713) 275-2192 in Houston to discuss your legal needs.

Insurance Law

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Insurance Law

Insurance lawyers at Brown, Proctor & Howell provide crucial legal experience for national and international clients in all matters involving insurance.

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Insurance Coverage and Insurance Litigation Lawyers

Brown, Proctor & Howell insurance lawyers work with insurance companies by providing opinions and advice with regard to complex questions of insurance coverage and defense.

Our attorneys represent insurance clients in first party insurance claims in which there is a dispute as to coverage under the policy, the value of the loss, and in instances of possible fraud.  In addition, our insurance lawyers work with insurance companies in cases involving allegations of improper adjustment and settlement of claims, including allegations of bad faith against the insurance company.

Brown, Proctor & Howell’s team of well-qualified attorneys works to protect the interests of clients dealing with complex issues including:

  • Policy coverage disputes
  • Loss value assessment
  • Insurance fraud
  • Allegations of improper adjustment of insurance claims
  • Allegations of improper settlement of insurance claims
  • Allegations of bad faith

Attorneys

Michael L. Peck, Partner
David J. Pels, Partner
R. Bruce Moon, Partner

 Insurance Defense Lawyers – Personal Injury, Wrongful Death, and Property Damage

Michael Peck and David Pels and Bruce Moon combine their solid insurance backgrounds to lead a team of Brown, Proctor & Howell attorneys focused on defending insured individuals and businesses facing lawsuits involving personal injury, wrongful death, and property damage allegations. We help protect the interests of insured businesses and individuals including:

  • Business Owners
  • Professionals
  • Healthcare providers
  • Construction contractors and subcontractors
  • Manufacturers
  • Retailers
  • Distributors
  • Drivers

Attorneys

Michael L. Peck, Partner
David J. Pels, Partner
R. Bruce Moon, Partner

Insurance Subrogation Lawyers

Bruce Rogers, with more than forty years of experience in insurance subrogation matters, represent national and international clients in matters involving multi-million dollar losses to industrial and commercial property. Rogers works with investigators, authorities, and consultants to determine the cause of a loss. They focus on recovering insurance payments paid to policyholders for losses caused by third party negligence.

Attorneys
Bruce Rogers, Lead Partner

Business and Commercial Law

Brown, Proctor & Howell attorneys offer decades of solid experience in helping small, medium, and large companies in all phases of business. Our highly skilled business lawyers provide these services and more:

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Establish legal structure for your business:

  • Corporations
  • Limited liability companies
  • Partnerships
  • Limited partnerships
  • Sole proprietorship
  • Associations

Provide ongoing legal counsel on business matters:

  • Preparing contracts, leases, and other agreements
  • Obtaining financing and funding for business operations
  • Collecting unpaid accounts
  • Developing employee policies
  • Assessing directors’ and officers’ liability
  • Understanding and creating policy for shareholders rights
  • Creating joint ventures and syndicates

Prepare defense strategies and protect your interests in:

  • Contract disputes
  • Partnership disputes
  • Director and officer liability lawsuits
  • Employee/contract labor lawsuits
  • Shareholder disputes
  • Unfair competition claims

Protect your business interests in assessing and completing:

  • Business reorganization
  • Business bankruptcy
  • Business successions
  • Business dissolution

Attorneys:

Michael L. Peck, Partner
Cailin Ringelman, Partner
Bruce H. Rogers, Partner
Larry W. Wilshire, Partner

Business and Commercial Law

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Eminent Domain Law

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Eminent Domain Law

Brown, Proctor & Howell proudly claims a history of more than 90 years handling major Texas eminent domain law cases for both condemning organizations and landowners. Our firm ranks in the first tier among law firms listed in the 2013 U.S. News and World Report’s Best Lawyers list for both Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law and Litigation – Eminent Domain and Condemnation in the Fort Worth/Dallas metropolitan area.

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Our attorneys handled all condemnation procedures for the following projects:

  • Texas Turnpike Authority land acquisition to build Interstate 30 (formerly DFW Turnpike) in Tarrant County
  •  Tarrant County land acquisition to build Interstate 121 from downtown Fort Worth to DFW Airport. Also represented this client in condemnation proceedings to obtain seventeen downtown blocks for the Tarrant County Convention Center
  • Tarrant County Water Control and Improvement District No. One acquisition of hundreds of thousands of acres for major water reservoirs including Eagle Mountain Lake, Lake Bridgeport, Cedar Creek Lake, and portions of Richland Chambers Lake
  • Represented hundreds of homeowners and ranchers during condemnation proceedings for DFW Airport acquisition of more than 18,000 acres
  • Represented oil and gas companies in eminent domain proceedings for access to properties in the Barnett Shale and Eagle Ford areas of Texas

Texas Eminent Domain Law  – Geographic Areas

Our attorneys have extensive experience in the following north Texas locations:

  • Tarrant County
  • Parker County
  • Denton County
  • Hood County
  • Johnson County
  • Erath County
  • Bosque County
  • Jack County
  • Somervell County
  • Ellis County
  • Robertson County
  • Freestone County

Our attorneys represent companies requiring eminent domain procedures including:

  • Oil and gas pipeline easements
  • Utility transmission line easements
  • Sites for public buildings, roads, water reservoirs
  • Survey crew entry rights
  • Right-of-way, easement, and full-fee taking of property agreements

Our attorneys represent property owners involved in  eminent domain procedures such as:

  • Payment for condemned land and property (just compensation)
  • Payment for property damages and liability
  • Restoration of land issues to maintain surrounding property value
  • Restrictions on company employee entry rights
  • Property rights

Eminent Domain Attorneys:

Larry Wilshire, Partner

Real Estate Law

Brown, Proctor & Howell attorneys represent clients in a wide range of real estate transactions and litigation. Our decades of experience and intensive technical knowledge in Texas eminent domain, property condemnation, oil and gas leases/mineral rights, and real estate-related construction issues mean we understand the high stakes involved. In addition to these specific areas of real estate law, our firm has represented a condominium association for nearly a decade, resulting in a solid understanding of the intricate laws involving the rights of condominium owners.

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We respond quickly to defend clients’ interests and prosecute lawsuits on behalf of clients involved in matters such as those listed below and more:

Property Sales and Purchases:

Property Use:

  • Condominium associations and ownership rights
  • Residential homeowners associations
  • Property management
  • Zoning
  • Real estate-related construction issues
  • Real estate development
  • Property rights
  • Access/easement agreements
  • Leases
  • Mineral rights/Oil and gas property leases
  • Tenant Issues/Evictions
  • Property management agreements

Attorneys:

Michael Peck, Partner
Larry Wilshire, Partner

Real Estate Law

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Please feel free to contact us at (817) 332-1391 in Fort Worth or (713) 275-2192 in Houston to discuss your legal needs.

Brown, Proctor & Howell, LLP, a law firm concentrating on highly complex litigation and negotiation, originated in 1922 with the partnership of two prominent north Texas attorneys, Jesse M. Brown and Sidney Samuels. Today our lawyers handle multi-million dollar cases from our offices in Fort Worth, Houston, and Austin Texas. For more than 90 years, we have provided clients with the highest level of expertise and professionalism. All named partners are rated as AV Preeminent®, the highest level of professional excellence awarded by their legal peers, as established through the 2012 Martindale Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings.™