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  • PRACTICE FOCUS
  • INDUSTRIES+
  • EDUCATION+
    • South Texas College of Law
      J.D., 2010
    • Louisiana State University
      B.A. in Sociology, 2006
  • ADMISSIONS+
    • Texas
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • CLERKSHIP+

Elly Vecchio's practice focuses on representation related to eminent domain, condemnation, and real property matters on behalf of governmental entities, pipeline companies, other private public-use condemning entities, and landowners. She has advised clients in connection with right-of-way acquisition, condemnation, and related issues starting at the early stages of a public use project through completion. Elly has experience with special commissioners hearings as well as traditional litigation.

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Elly Vecchio's practice focuses on representation related to eminent domain, condemnation, and real property matters on behalf of governmental entities, pipeline companies, other private public-use condemning entities, and landowners. She has advised clients in connection with right-of-way acquisition, condemnation, and related issues starting at the early stages of a public use project through completion. Elly has experience with special commissioners hearings as well as traditional litigation.

Elly has represented clients in Federal and Texas state courts in cases involving:

  • Eminent Domain and Land Use Litigation
  • Energy Litigation
  • Pipeline
  • Litigation

Elly also has co-authored numerous updates on the Texas Supreme Court for the State Bar of Texas publication "News for the Bar."

Experience

  • Managed right-of-way acquisitions and condemnation dockets for water districts and pipeline companies in matters involving water transportation, sewer, drainage and other public-use projects.
  • Represented clients in special commissioners’ hearings and judicial hearings.
  • Successfully first chaired injunctive relief and temporary restraining order on behalf of water authority who were denied entry to a property by the owner for surveying purposes.
  • Successfully first chaired a unanimous jury verdict in a condemnation trial for a property owner in a whole taking by the county.
  • Defended a pipeline company against claims of trespass, breach of contract and fraudulent inducement in connection with a crude petroleum pipeline.

Insights

Publications
  • Texas Supreme Court Update, News for the Bar - Litigation Section (Spring 2013-Fall 2015) Co-Author

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Houston Bar Association
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association
  • Fort Bend County Bar Association
  • Institute for Energy and Law - Leadership Class Member (2019-2020)
  • Phi Delta Phi Houston Barrister Inn, Founding Member
  • Houston Bar Association, HAY Center Committee Member (2018-Present)

Recognition

  • Texas Rising Star, Super Lawyers (2018, 2019)
  • Leadership Class, Institute for Energy Law (2019-2020)

Industries

Education

  • South Texas College of Law
    J.D., 2010
  • Louisiana State University
    B.A. in Sociology, 2006

Admissions

  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • Managed right-of-way acquisitions and condemnation dockets for water districts and pipeline companies in matters involving water transportation, sewer, drainage and other public-use projects.
  • Represented clients in special commissioners’ hearings and judicial hearings.
  • Successfully first chaired injunctive relief and temporary restraining order on behalf of water authority who were denied entry to a property by the owner for surveying purposes.
  • Successfully first chaired a unanimous jury verdict in a condemnation trial for a property owner in a whole taking by the county.
  • Defended a pipeline company against claims of trespass, breach of contract and fraudulent inducement in connection with a crude petroleum pipeline.
  • Texas Supreme Court Update, News for the Bar - Litigation Section (Spring 2013-Fall 2015) Co-Author
    • Houston Bar Association
    • Houston Young Lawyers Association
    • Fort Bend County Bar Association
    • Institute for Energy and Law - Leadership Class Member (2019-2020)
    • Phi Delta Phi Houston Barrister Inn, Founding Member
    • Houston Bar Association, HAY Center Committee Member (2018-Present)
    • Texas Rising Star, Super Lawyers (2018, 2019)
    • Leadership Class, Institute for Energy Law (2019-2020)