Our Texas law firm concentrates on helping the owners of commercial, industrial, institutional, and special-use properties maximize their compensation when the government takes private property for public use.



Retail and commercial use properties need the access and exposure to traffic afforded by highways, major thoroughfares, and heavily-traveled roadways. The same locational characteristics that make commercial properties the most valuable properties make them more susceptible to takings for roadway widening and expansions.



Industrial properties often have use-specific logistical, access, and locational needs that can be overlooked in the condemning authority’s assessment of the property’s value before the taking or the taking’s impact on the site’s function, and therefore its market value, after the taking.

Special Use

Special Use

Special-use properties such as churches, schools, and other institutional properties present unique compensation challenges. Recognizing the use and function of these properties before the taking can be the key to ensuring that the impacts to these properties are not underestimated.

Representing Texas Property Owners In Eminent Domain/Condemnation Cases

It’s your property. Whether you acquired it to develop, hold as an investment, or operate your business, you have it for a reason. No one cares more about it than you. So, when the State or some other governmental or public-use entity threatens to take your property, or even a portion of it, it can seem overwhelming. They have this incredible power, the right to take your property, and you don’t get a lot of say. They control how much they will take and when they will take it.

But when it comes to how much they have to pay, you do get a say. You have the right to contest their offer and recover full compensation not only for the market value of what they are taking but also the decreased market value of what you are left with after the taking.

We can help. At McFarland PLLC, we have a proven process for representing property owners in maximizing their recoveries for the taking of private property for highway, roadway, and other public infrastructure projects that impact retail, commercial, industrial, and special-use properties. It’s all we do, and we’re pretty good at it.

Why Clients Rely On McFarland PLLC


Exclusive Focus

Did we mention that we are focused? Our lawyers have successfully fought the State and governmental and public-use entities taking our clients’ private property all over the State of Texas.


Board Certification

The Texas Board of Legal Specialization grants certification to a limited number of attorneys showing the relevant knowledge and expertise in various areas of the law. Unique in the State of Texas, Charles McFarland earned board certification in Civil Trial Law by trying condemnation cases. Our skill and experience in trying cases not only maximizes our clients’ recoveries in the courtroom, it helps us resolve many cases without necessity of trial, saving our clients expenses and increasing their net recovery. An attorney who can win in the courtroom achieves better results outside of the courtroom.


Guaranteed Results

McFarland has obtained more jury verdicts on its property owner clients’ estimate amount of compensation than any other condemnation lawyer, including one of the largest jury verdicts ever against the State of Texas.  We have a proven process that yields guaranteed results. If we aren’t able to achieve an increase in the compensation owed, we are not owed a fee. We put our clients in the best position possible for the best outcome achievable.


Respected Authority

Our condemnation lawyers are frequent speakers and panelists on the topic of eminent domain and condemnation litigation. Charles McFarland is a contributing author to the American Bar Association, the American Law Institute, and other prominent publications.


What Our Peers Say

For ten years, Charles McFarland has been recognized in the top lawyer peer review publications in the country, Best Lawyers in America and Texas Super Lawyers, including Best Lawyers’s 2020 Lawyer of the Year for Eminent Domain Law. He holds Martindale-Hubbell’s highest peer-review rating* for ethical standards and legal ability and serves as the Texas representative to the Owners’ Counsel of America, a network of the nation’s leading eminent domain and property rights attorneys.


What Our Clients Have Done

Thanks to our clients, McFarland PLLC has been recognized in U.S. News & World Report and The Best Lawyers in America in their “Best Law Firms” rankings for Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law for the Houston metropolitan area for five years straight.


What Our Clients Say

“McFarland is bold, creative and best in this space.”

“I’ve had an outstanding experience working with McFarland’s vast knowledge of condemnation proceedings.”

“McFarland is one of the best law firms I have ever had the pleasure to work alongside.”

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Meet Our Attorneys

We have obtained successful jury verdicts, judgments, and awards in counties across the state of Texas over the past two decades.

Marie D. Harlan

Laura S. Manion

Charles B. McFarland

Mark L. Merrell

Dan P. Tobin

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