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Companies whose projects face legal hurdles with land acquisition turn to the experience of Fred Junkin. Fred's reputation among fellow attorneys and loyal clients as an accomplished trial lawyer is backed up by an extensive resume of successful defenses and favorable outcomes. His practice focuses on the area of eminent domain, in which he has represented both landowners and, more typically, condemning authorities.

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Companies whose projects face legal hurdles with land acquisition turn to the experience of Fred Junkin. Fred's reputation among fellow attorneys and loyal clients as an accomplished trial lawyer is backed up by an extensive resume of successful defenses and favorable outcomes. His practice focuses on the area of eminent domain, in which he has represented both landowners and, more typically, condemning authorities.

Fred’s work extends into:

  • Issues and Appeals
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Eminent Domain and Land Use Litigation
  • Energy Litigation
  • Government Contracts
  • Energy and Infrastructure
  • Pipeline
  • Litigation
  • Energy

In addition to his public law practice, Fred represents private clients in real property litigation and commercial disputes. He also has represented clients in connection with appellate proceedings. Fred was managing editor of the Texas Law Review and graduated from the University of Texas School of Law as a member of The Order of the Coif.

Experience

Condemnation

  • Successfully represented water authorities, pipeline companies, transit authorities and power agencies in the acquisition of easements and right-of-way for various projects and construction.
  • Represented multiple pipeline companies in connection with right-of-way acquisition projects for the construction of a 70-mile natural gas pipeline and a 113-mile carbon dioxide pipeline.
  • Represented municipalities in connection with the acquisition of land necessary for the construction of a sporting venues.

Inverse Condemnation

  • Defended a transit authority in multiple trial court and appellate proceedings against claims that the construction and operation of light rail facilities blocked access to landowners' properties.
  • Defended a transit authority against claim that transportation routes being used on the construction of a light rail line impaired access to a landowner's adjoining property.

Landowner Defense

  • Represented a major railroad company in a matter of a proposed condemnation of a pipeline easement along and across the company's railroad right-of-way.
  • Represented a major national bank in negotiations for the acquisition of a power line easement across the bank's property.

Other Government Litigation

  • Defended executives of a tax increment reinvestment zone in a suit brought by developer whose request for funding for a redevelopment project was denied.

Real Property Litigation

  • Secured a reversal of an adverse summary judgment and negotiated a favorable settlement for landowners seeking recovery for a failure to disclose a pipeline easement across their property. Fred substituted in as counsel following an adverse summary judgment ruling and jury verdict.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Houston Bar Association

Recognition

  • Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law (2013-2020), The Best Lawyers in America

Industries

Education

  • The University of Texas School of Law
    J.D., with honors, 1989
  • Austin College
    B.A., with honors, 1986

Admissions

  • Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas

Clerkships

  • Judicial Law Clerk to the Hon. Thomas Morrow Reavley, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Condemnation

  • Successfully represented water authorities, pipeline companies, transit authorities and power agencies in the acquisition of easements and right-of-way for various projects and construction.
  • Represented multiple pipeline companies in connection with right-of-way acquisition projects for the construction of a 70-mile natural gas pipeline and a 113-mile carbon dioxide pipeline.
  • Represented municipalities in connection with the acquisition of land necessary for the construction of a sporting venues.

Inverse Condemnation

  • Defended a transit authority in multiple trial court and appellate proceedings against claims that the construction and operation of light rail facilities blocked access to landowners' properties.
  • Defended a transit authority against claim that transportation routes being used on the construction of a light rail line impaired access to a landowner's adjoining property.

Landowner Defense

  • Represented a major railroad company in a matter of a proposed condemnation of a pipeline easement along and across the company's railroad right-of-way.
  • Represented a major national bank in negotiations for the acquisition of a power line easement across the bank's property.

Other Government Litigation

  • Defended executives of a tax increment reinvestment zone in a suit brought by developer whose request for funding for a redevelopment project was denied.

Real Property Litigation

  • Secured a reversal of an adverse summary judgment and negotiated a favorable settlement for landowners seeking recovery for a failure to disclose a pipeline easement across their property. Fred substituted in as counsel following an adverse summary judgment ruling and jury verdict.
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law (2013-2020), The Best Lawyers in America