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J. Allen Smith

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Eminent Domain Attorney in Dallas, TX

SettlePou
3333 Lee Parkway, 8th Floor
Dallas, TX 75219
Phone: 214-520-3300
Fax: 214-526-4145
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2021
Licensed in Texas Since: 1984
Practice Areas: Eminent Domain (60%), Business Litigation (40%)
Attorney Profile

J. Allen Smith has been has been Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Civil Trial Law since 1992. He is Chairman of the Board of SettlePou and Chair of the Commercial Litigation Section. 

Mr. Smith has lent his expertise to numerous articles and presentations on a variety of topics, including  eminent domain litigation, Financial Services litigation, Corporate litigation among many more. He is admitted to all the U.S. District Courts in the state of Texas, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. For more informaiton on Mr. Smith, please see his bio on the firm website link: https://www.settlepou.com/attorneys/detail/smith-j.-allen

 

Practice Areas
  • 60%Eminent Domain
  • 40%Business Litigation

Selections

15 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2021

About J. Allen Smith

First Admitted: 1984, Texas

Professional Webpage: http://www.settlepou.com/attorneys/detail/smith-j.-allen

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • "Annual Legislature And Judiciary Report," 1994 Dallas Mortgage Bankers Association, Dallas, Texas
  • "When Do You Call Your Attorney?" 1996 Outdoor Advertising Association of Texas Annual Seminar, Austin, Texas
  • "Real Property Preservation Rights Act," 1997 Outdoor Advertising Association of Texas Annual Seminar, Austin, Texas
  • "Eminent Domain Rights of the Property Owner," 1999 Outdoor Advertising Association of Oklahoma Seminar, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • "Valuation and Condemnation Topics," 2012 Outdoor Advertising Association of America Legal Forum, Washington, D.C.
  • "Eminent Domain Litigation Issues-Tips Regarding the Commissioner's Hearingand Trial De Novo Process," 2001 State Bar of Texas, Legal Assistants Division Seminar, Dallas, Texas
  • "Determining the Value of Billboards-Crossfire Session," 2002 International Right of Way Association, 48th Annual International Education Seminar, Mobile, Alabama
  • "Outdoor Advertising Appraising", 2003 American Society of Appraisers International Appraisal Conference, Tampa, Florida.
  • "Outdoor Advertising Condemnation and Inverse Condemnation Update", 2004 Outdoor Advertising Association of America Legal Forum, Key Biscayne, Florida
  • "Billboards -- Property Interest Pertaining to Outdoor Advertising Signs", 2004 Advanced Real Estate Course, State Bar of Texas, San Antonio, Texas
  • "Valuation of Billboards: Personality vs. Realty," 2005 American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials and Federal Highway Administration Annual Conference, Austin, Texas.
  • Valuation Issues Panel "Taxation v. Condemnation", 2005 Florida Outdoor Advertising Association Annual Convention, Key West, Florida.
  • "Valuing Your Billboards: Getting Fair Market Value and Avoiding Mistakes", April 3, 2006 Outdoor Advertising Association of America Legislative Conference, San Diego, California
  • "Condemnation and Valuation of Outdoor Signs", April 4, 2006 Outdoor Advertising Association of America Legal Seminar, San Diego, California
  • "Billboard Valuation: What's the Issue?", August 28, 2006 National Alliance of Highway Beautification Agencies Ninth Annual Conference, Cleveland, Ohio
  • "The Federal Court's Vanishing Jurisdiction in Fifth Amendment Takings Litigation", March 4, 2008 Outdoor Advertising Association of America Legal Seminar, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • "Regulatory Impact on the Value of Billboards", August 11, 2009 National Alliance of Highway Beautification Agencies Twelfth Annual Conference, Branson, Missouri
  • "Taxes and Takings" November 2009 Outdoor Advertising Association of America National Webinar
  • "A National Review of Uniformity in Ad Valorem Tax Valuation of Billboard Property", Journal of Property Tax Assessment & Administration, Volume 7, Issue 3 pp. 61-70 Fall 2010
  • "Taxes" March 2011 Outdoor Advertising Association of America National Webinar
  • "The Rule 263 Trial By Agreement", Co-author with Bradley E. McLain, The Texas Lawyer Special Edition, Litigation and E-Discovery, April 18, 2011, Volume 27, Number 3, page 20
  • "Eminent Domain 101 for Real Estate Lawyers", July 11, 2011, Dallas Bar Association Real Estate Section, Belo Mansion, Dallas Texas
  • "Extraordinary Remedies," 1993 Houston and Dallas Continuing Legal Education Seminar
  • "Alternative Dispute Resolution," 1993 Annual Texas Mortgage Bankers Association Seminar, Dallas, Texas
  • "Analysis of Premises Liability of Seller/Buyer and Mortgor/Mortgagee," 1994 Premises Liability Seminar, Dallas, Texas
  • "Mediation and Arbitration: The Effective Alternatives to Litigation for Resolving Disputes," 1994 Outdoor Advertising Association of Texas Annual Conference, Houston, Texas

Representative Clients

  • In re Lamar Corp., No. 13-06-596-CV, 2006 WL 3234027, Tex.App. -- Corpus Christi November 9, 2006, orig. proceeding
  • City of Houston v. Clear Channel Outdoor, Inc., 233 S.W.3d 441, Tex.App. -- Houston [14 Dist.] no pet., 2007
  • Eller Media Company v. The State of Texas, 51 S.W.3d 783, Tex.App. - Fort Worth, 2001
  • City of Argyle v. Pierce, 258 SW3rd 674, Tex. App. - Fort Worth, 2008
  • Villalon v. Bank One, 176 S.W.3d 66, Tex.App. -- Houston [1st Dist.] pet. denied, 2004
  • Potter v. Clear Channel Outdoor, Inc., Not Reported in S.W.3d, 2009 WL 1886168, Tex.App.-Hous. (1 Dist.), No. 01-07-00578-CV, July 02, 2009
  • Patrick Media Group, Inc. v. Dallas Area Rapid Transit, 879 S.W.2d 375, Tex.App. - Eastland, 1994
  • City of Houston v. Clear Channel Outdoor, Inc., 161 S.W.3d 3, Tex.App. – Hous. [14th Dist.], 2004, rev'd, 197 S.W.3d 386, Tex. per curium, 2006
  • Lamar Corp. v. Jowers, No. 13-06-497-CV, 2007 WL 1218042, Tex.App. -- Corpus Christi, appeal dism'd by agr., April 26, 2007
  • Brooks v. Bank of New York Trust Co., 2008 WL 2639240, Tex. App. - Fort Worth, 2008
  • Peoples v. Sebring Capital Corporation, 209 F.R.D. 428, U.S. District Court, N.D. Illinois, Eastern Division, 2002
  • Schriver v. Texas Dept. of Transp., --- S.W.3d ----, 2009 WL 2357001, Tex.App.-Fort Worth, No. 2-08-337-CV, July 30, 2009
  • Tharp v. Tharp, 772 S.W.2d 467, Tex.App. - Dallas, 1989
  • Bosque Asset Corporation v. Greenberg, 19 S.W. 3rd 514, Tex.App. - Eastland, 2000
  • Lamar Adver. Co. v. Texas Dept. of Trasp., No. 03-06-00356-CV, 2007 WL 1790584, Tex.App. -- Austin no pet., 2007
  • Dallas County Community College Dist. v. Clear Channel Outdoor, Inc., 2008 WL 3307085, Tex. App.- Dallas, 2008
  • Diversified Financial Systems, Inc. v. Hill, Heard, O'Neal, Gilstrap and Goetz, P.C. 63 SW 3d 795, 44 Tex.Sup.Ct J.1182, Tex. 2001
  • Harris County Flood Control Dist. v. Roberts, 252 SW3rd 667, Tex. App. - Houston [14th District] 2008
  • Martin v. Cadle Company, 133 S. W. 3rd 897, Tex. App. - Dallas 2004
  • Boyd v. Diversified Financial Systems, 1 S.W.3d 888, Tex.App. - Dallas, 1999

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Featured in “View From the Top: Managing Partners Survey Shows What a Difference Five Years Make”, Texas Lawyer, December 2009.
  • Interviewed and quoted in "Pay Up", article in February 7, 2011 Texas Lawyer, 2011
  • Featured in "The Big Picture", Texas Lawyer, January 3, 2011., 2011

Educational Background

  • Southern Methodist University, B.B.A., 1981

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Texas, 1984
  • Board Member, Texas Historical Foundation, 2010 - Present
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
  • Chairman, Taxation Committee, Outdoor Advertising Association of America, 2002-2003
  • First Vice President, Fort Worth Mortgage Bankers Association, 1995-96
  • Counsel, Texas Outdoor Advertising Association, 2002 - Present
  • Co-Chair of Southern Methodist University Reunion Committee, 2011
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
  • Chairman, Judiciary and Legislative Committee, Dallas Mortgage Bankers Association, 1994
  • Texas Mortgage Bankers Association, Vice Chairman, Liaison Committee, 1995-97
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Board Member, Central Citizens Association, 2001-2005
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
  • Chairman, Valuation Committee, Outdoor Advertising Association of America, 2003 - Present
  • President, Fort Worth Mortgage Bankers Association, 1996-97
  • Member, Dallas Bar Association

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Board Certified, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Civil Trial Law, 1992

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Board Member of Texas Historical Foundation, 2010
  • Board Member, Southern Methodist University Mustang Club, 1989-1994
  • Co-Chair of Southern Methodist University Reunion Committee, 2011
  • Board Member, Dallas Civic Garden Center - Fair Park, 1987-1989

Videos

  • Under Allen's leadership as President of the firm, SettlePou was honored as the Top Small Company by The Dallas Morning News and is the only law firm ever to recieve such honor., Dallas Morning News Number 1 Small Company, Legal, 2018

Honors/Awards

  • Honored for outstanding service to the industry for career, OAAA Hall of Fame Award, Outdoor Advertising Association of America, 2019
  • Annual award for outstanding service to the Bar, Recipient of Private Bar Involvement Award for Pro Bono Legal Services awarded by the Dallas Bar Association and Legal Services of North Texas, Dallas Bar Association, 1992
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Office Location for J. Allen Smith

3333 Lee Parkway
8th Floor
Dallas, TX 75219

Phone: 214-520-3300

Fax: 214-526-4145

Last Updated: 3/17/2021

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