Clint Schumacher

Top rated eminent domain attorney in Dallas, Texas

Dawson & Sodd, PLLC
Clint Schumacher
Dawson & Sodd, PLLC

Practice Areas: Eminent domain, Business litigation, Energy & natural resources

Licensed in Texas since: 1997

Education: The University of Texas School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2022 Selected to Rising Stars: 2011

Dawson & Sodd, PLLC

8333 Douglas Avenue
Suite 380
Dallas, TX 75225 Visit website


Serving clients throughout Texas, Clint Schumacher CRE is a partner at Dawson & Sodd, LLP. He handles eminent domain claims on behalf of property owners, as well as complex commercial and energy litigation cases. He has been granted the prestigious and exclusive designation of Counselor of Real Estate due to his skill in leading clients through difficult real estate problems.

Mr. Schumacher is known for being an advocate who can see what others do not. When public projects threaten a property, Mr. Schumacher has the ability to minimize the potential impacts of the event or secure maximum compensation for the owner. He is especially proficient in highway projects. Prior to working at this law firm, he represented parties involved in a variety of transit projects in north and east Texas. Over the last two decades, he has successfully represented investment firms, Fortune 500 companies, developers, families, international hotel chains, and individual investors.

Some of his most impressive victories include a $21.5 million judgment issued against a large gas producer. He also secured several jury verdicts against the state of Texas in multiple condemnation cases. For these accomplishments and others, Mr. Schumacher has been selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America.

Outside of working for clients, Mr. Schumacher is also devoted to helping other people learn their rights. He hosts “The Eminent Domain Podcast” and is a sought-after speaker.

In 1994, Mr. Schumacher graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration from Abilene Christian University. He then attended The University of Texas at Austin School of Law, earning a Juris Doctor in 1997.

Mr. Schumacher’s professional involvement includes memberships in the Dallas Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the State Bar of Texas. He is also a high school football coach and a member of the Texas High School Coaches Association and the American Football Coaches Association.

Practice areas

Eminent domain, Business litigation, Energy & natural resources
  • 80% Eminent domain
  • 10% Business litigation
  • 10% Energy & natural resources

First Admitted: 1997, Texas

Professional Webpage:

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Presenter, The Enigma Wrapped in the Riddle Shrouded in Mystery (Ascertaining Community Damage and Enhancement in Texas), CLE International Eminent Domain Seminar, 2019
  • Presenter, TEDx, Abilene Christian University (2019)
  • When is a Deal a Deal, the Story of Coe v. Chesapeake, (co-presented with Scott Hastings) to the Tarrant County Bar Association Energy Section, October 2012, and the Dallas Bar Association Energy Section, November, 2012
  • Presenter, TEDx, Flower Mound, 2019
  • Co-Author with Mike Moore, “The Duty to Disclose in Settlement Negotiations,” Settlement Agreements in Disputes, Chapter 3
  • Presenter, “The Brave New World of Eminent Domain After New London v. Kelo,” Dallas Council of Real Estate Women, 2006
  • Presenter, “Presenting Your Case with Demonstrative Evidence,” Center for American and International Law Planning, Zoning, and Eminent Domain Seminar, 2008
  • Presenter, “Communicating to a Sound Bite Society,” Center for American and International Law Planning, Zoning, and Eminent Domain Seminar, 2009
  • Presenter, “Avoiding Ten Common Mistakes,” CLE International Eminent Domain Seminar, 2010
  • Presenter, “The Business of Law,” Washington University School of Law Intersession Lectures, 2008-2011
  • Quoted, “Convention hotel has a sliver of a real estate problem,”, June 14, 2011
  • Presenter, “Use of Voir Dire in the Eminent Domain Case,” CLE International Eminent Domain Seminar, 2011
  • Presenter, “Pre-Trial Motions: Persuasion, Positioning, and Preservation of Error,” CLE International Eminent Domain Seminar, 2012
  • Presenter, Youth and Middle School Concepts, Glazier DFW Football Clinic, 2018
  • Presenter, Conflicts of Interest in Eminent Domain Cases, CLE International Eminent Domain Seminar, 2013
  • Presenter, Six Keys to Effective Direct Examination, CLE International Eminent Domain Seminar, 2014
  • Presenter, Financial Distress in the Energy Sector: Managing Exposure and Leveraging Opportunities, 2016
  • Presenter, Design-Build Highway Projects, CLE International Eminent Domain Seminar, 2016
  • Presenter, Special Use Properties, CLE International Eminent Domain Seminar, 2017
  • CLE Presentation on the visual presentation of the Eminent Domain case., Presenter, Documenting Your Case with Demonstrative Evidence, Southwestern Legal Institute, 2008
  • Presenter, Determining the Whole Property, CLE International Eminent Domain Seminar – Texas Superconference, 2018
  • Presenter, Determining the Whole Property, IRWA Chapter 36 Spring Seminar, 2018
  • Presenter, How to Be Prepared When the Government Wants Your Property, Hospitality Law Conference – Houston, 2018
  • Presenter, Finding Your Second Wind — Resilience in the Face of Adversity, TEDx Flower Mound, 2019
  • Clint Schumacher, who joined Dawson & Sodd earlier this year, is also the host of a great podcast that focuses on eminent domain and condemnation issues., Clint Schumacher’s Eminent Domain Podcast Is Back!, 2018
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, 2015-19
  • Named, Best Lawyer in Dallas, D Magazine, 2020
  • Rising Star by Texas Lawyer magazine, 2011
  • Texas Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly magazine, Eminent Domain, 2014-20
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Member, Texas State High School Coaches Association
  • Member, American Football Coaches Association
  • Football Coach, Dallas Bills (2009-17)
  • Finalist, Double-Win Coach, Positive Coaching Alliance, 2014
  • Football Coach, Trinity Christian Academy (2016 – present)
  • Member, The Branch Church, Farmers Branch, Texas
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Member, Dallas Bar Association
  • Member, Counselors of Real Estate
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, State Bar of Texas
  • United States Court of Federal Claims 
  • Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • All Texas State and Federal Courts
Educational Background:
  • Abilene Christian University, BBA, Accounting, 1994
  • Dallas Sales Company v. Carlisle Silver Company, Inc. , 134 S.W.3d 928 (Tex.App.–Waco 2004, pet. denied)
  • Compass Exploration, Inc. v. B-E Drilling Company , 60 S.W.3d 2273 (Tex.App.–Waco 2001, no pet.)
  • State of Texas v. State Street Bank and Trust Company and Brinker International Payroll Company, L.P., 359 S.W.3d 375, (Tex.App.-Dallas, 2012, no pet.)
  • Allodial Limited Partnership v. North Texas Tollway Authority , 176 S.W.3d 680 (Tex.App.–Dallas 2005, pet. denied)
  • State of Texas v. Johnson, 444 S.W.2d 62 (Tex.App.—Dallas 2014, pet denied)
  • Coe v. Chesapeake, 695 F.3d 311 (5th Cir. 2012)
  • Sloan Creek II, LLC v. North Texas Tollway Authority, 472 S.W.3d 906 (Tex.App.—Dallas 2015, pet. denied)
  • Obtain a $3.4 million judgment for Brinker International against the State of Texas for condemnation of a portion of Brinker's corporate headquarters., 2009
Representative Clients:
  • Burk Royalty Company

Office location for Clint Schumacher

8333 Douglas Avenue
Suite 380
Dallas, TX 75225

Phone: 214-373-8181


9 Years Super Lawyers
1 Year Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2022
  • Rising Stars: 2011

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