Charles B. McFarland

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Eminent Domain Attorney in Houston, TX

McFarland PLLC
 | 811 Louisiana Street, Suite 2520
Houston, TX 77002
Phone: 713-325-9701
Fax: 844-270-5032
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2018
Selected to Rising Stars: 2004 - 2005
Licensed Since: 1995
Practice Areas:
  • Eminent Domain
Attorney Profile

Attorney Charles B. McFarland is the founder of the law firm of McFarland PLLC, located in Houston, Texas. With a practice focused on condemnation and eminent domain, Mr. McFarland represents property owners who are seeking just compensation after the government takes private land for public use. The majority of his cases involve highway construction projects, which raise complex legal issues of public infrastructure, real estate and transportation. He represents clients throughout Texas.

After graduating from The University of Texas at Austin, where he was a National Merit Scholar and a Presidential Achievement Scholar, Mr. McFarland earned his law degree from The University of Texas School of Law. He is admitted to practice in all Texas state courts and is board certified in civil trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Mr. McFarland enjoys sharing his legal knowledge with others. He is frequently asked to speak about eminent domain issues at professional events and has written articles about property rights for legal publications including the American Bar Association's journal Litigation.

Reflecting the respect he enjoys in the legal community, Mr. McFarland received the highest possible rating, that of AV Preeminent* from the peer-review service Martindale-Hubbell. He has also been listed as one of the top eminent domain and condemnation law attorneys in the publication "Best Lawyers in America."**

Mr. McFarland is active in a number of professional and community organizations. He is a former president of the Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists and is a member of the International Society of Barristers.

*AV-Preeminent and BV-Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

**The Best Lawyers in America® 2018. Copyright 2018 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Eminent Domain (100%)

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 7 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 2 years

Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2018 Rising Stars: 2004 - 2005

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About Charles McFarland

Admitted: 1995, Texas

Professional Webpage: http://www.mcfarlandpllc.com/about/charles-b-mcfarland/

Honors/Awards:

  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law, 2019
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent Rating, 2016
  • Texas Super Lawyers, Eminent Domain., 2016

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Board Certified in Civil Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2003

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Texas, 1995
  • Past Chair, Damages Subcommittee of the Condemnation, Zoning and Land Use Litigation Committee of the Section
  • Fellow, Houston Bar Foundation, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Keeton Fellow, University of Texas School of Law
  • Past President, Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists
  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Courts for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Protecting Private Property Rights After the Public Use Ship Has Sailed, Litigation Magazine, American Bar Association, Fall 2007
  • Errors And Omissions In A Condemnation Case: Legal Malpractice Issues For Condemning Authority And Property Owner Representations, CLE International Eminent Domain Conference, Houston, Texas, October 2004
  • Trial Tactics, CLE International Eminent Domain Conference, Austin, Texas, March 2006
  • Hot Topics: The Project Influence Rule, CLE International Eminent Domain Conference, Austin, Texas, March 2007
  • Listening and Matching, the Keys to Witness Examination, Proof Newsletter of the Section of Litigation's Trial Evidence Committee, American Bar Association, Fall 2007
  • Lessons (To Be) Learned from PR Investments and FKM Partnership, CLE International Eminent Domain Conference, Austin, Texas, February 2008
  • Representing the Property Owner, CLE International Eminent Domain Super Conference, Austin, Texas, January 2009
  • The Exclusion of Experts in a Condemnation Case, CLE International Eminent Domain Super Conference, Austin, Texas, February 2010
  • The Larger Parcel and Just Compensation, CLE International Eminent Domain Super Conference, Austin, Texas, February 2012

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • State of Texas v. Valley Ranch Town Center, Ltd.: Jury trial of condemnation case for extension of the Grand Parkway, 2016
  • Jefferson County, Texas v. J. Adams LLC: Jury trial of condemnation case for extension of LaBelle Road, 2016
  • State of Texas v. East Montgomery County Improvement District: Jury trial of condemnation case for extension of the Grand Parkway, 2016
  • State v. Northborough Center, Inc., 987 S.W.2d 187 (Tex.App.-Houston [14th Dist.] 1999, pet. denied)
  • City of Houston v. Van De Mark, 83 S.W.3d 864 (Tex.App.-Texarkana 2002, pet. denied)
  • State v. Target Corp., 194 S.W.3d 46 (Tex.App.-Waco 2006, no pet.)
  • Harris County v. Inter Nos, Ltd., 199 S.W.3d 363 (Tex.App.-Houston [1st Dist.] 2006, no pet.)
  • PR Investments and Specialty Retailers, Inc. v. State, 251 S.W.3d 472 (Tex. 2008)

Educational Background:

  • University of Texas at Austin, B.A. with honors, (Plan II), 1991

Industry Groups

  • Condemnation Litigation
  • Eminent Domain
Office Location for Charles B. McFarland

811 Louisiana Street
Suite 2520
Houston, TX 77002

Phone: 713-325-9701

Fax: 844-270-5032

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Last Updated: 5/1/2018

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