Julia writes amicus curiae (friend of the court) briefs for industry groups, businesses, and individuals who are interested in important Texas Supreme Court cases but are not direct parties to the case. She is an active faculty and planning committee member of the Appellate Practice Institute, sponsored by the American Bar Association’s Judicial Division, where she helps other appellate lawyers develop their skills. She has served as vice-chair of the ABA Judicial Division’s Council of Appellate Lawyers and the ABA’s Appellate Law Section, as well as President of the Dallas Bar Association Appellate Section.
Julia also represents landowners in eminent domain proceedings. She became involved in this type of law through her family ranch corporation in the 1990s and has represented both urban commercial landowners and rural agricultural landowners in the North Texas. Her experience as a Special Commissioner appointed by a County Court at Law to assess value in a condemnation proceeding gives her an advantage in representing clients before panels of Special Commissioners. She helps her clients maximize the compensation they receive for their land by providing compassionate and effective legal guidance through a difficult process. She can also negotiate non-monetary concessions and, in some cases, successfully challenge the governmental entity’s right to take private property.
News, Publications & Speaking Events
• Spoliation of Evidence, presenter, Dallas Bar Association CLE, May 2017, November 2018
•“Damages in Eminent Domain Cases,” presenter, Damages in Civil Litigation, Texas Bar Association, February 2017
•“Eminent Domain Issues for Engineers,” presenter, Legal Issues for Texas Engineers, HalfMoon Education, Inc. seminar, Arlington, TX, February 2016
Awards & Honors
•Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1990
•Rated AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell
•Texas Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers , Selected for inclusion in 2003-2018
(Board Certified, Civil Appellate Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization).
MEMBERSHIPS & AFFILIATIONS
•State Bar of Texas and State Bar of Texas Appellate Section
•ABA Judicial Division's Counsel of Appellate Lawyers
•Dallas Bar Association and DBA Appellate Section
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