Charles Black McFarland

Charles Black McFarland

Texas Condemnation Lawyer Representing Private Landowners Against the Government
  • Real Estate Law
  • Texas
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Biography

Charles McFarland has extensive experience representing property owners whose private property has been taken by the government for public use. His primary area of practice focuses on highway and roadway widening projects that impact retail, commercial, industrial and special use properties. He also has successfully represented clients affected by pipelines, electric transmission lines, flood control, and other public-use projects.

An honors graduate of both the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Texas School of Law, Charles was a partner at Vinson & Elkins before forming McFarland PLLC, a boutique law firm focusing exclusively on condemnation and eminent domain litigation. In his 20+-year career, Charles has obtained successful jury verdicts, judgments, and awards in counties across the State of Texas. He has additionally handled appeals of condemnation cases in the First, Fourth, Sixth, Tenth, Eleventh, Thirteenth, and Fourteenth Courts of Appeal and in the Texas Supreme Court.

Charles became board certified in Civil Trial Law trying condemnation cases and has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the publications Best Lawyers in America and by Texas Super Lawyers for his expertise in the areas of Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law. He additionally holds the AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell’s highest possible 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. Candidates for membership in Owners’ Counsel are thoroughly vetted based upon their ability, experience, results, and dedication to representing private property owners in eminent domain. Membership is by invitation-only and restricted to one attorney from each state across the country.

Practice Area
    Real Estate Law
    Eminent Domain, Land Use & Zoning
Additional Practice Areas
  • Condemnation and Land Use
  • Regulatory Takings
  • Inverse Condemnation
  • Special Commissioners' Hearings and Administrative Hearings
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Texas
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Languages
  • Chinese
  • Russian
  • Spanish
Professional Experience
Partner
Vinson & Elkins LLP
Current
Education
University of Texas School of Law
J.D. with honors, Order of the Coif
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University of Texas
B.A. with honors, Plan II
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Professional Associations
American Bar Association
Member
Current
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University of Texas School of Law
Keeton Fellow
Current
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Texas Bar Foundation
Fellow
Current
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Houston Bar Association
Member
Current
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Houston Bar Foundation
Member
Current
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Association of Trial Lawyers of America
Member
Current
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State Bar of Texas  # 00794269
Member
Current
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Certifications
Civil Trial Law
Texas State Bar
Websites & Blogs
Website
McFarland PLLC Homepage
Contact & Map
McFarland PLLC
Downtown
Central Business District
811 Louisiana St., Suite 2520
Houston, TX 77002
Telephone: (713) 325-9700
Fax: (844) 270-5032
Monday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed (Today)
McFarland PLLC
201 W. 5th St., Suite 1100
Austin, TX 78701
Toll-Free: (512) 641-8702
Notice: Call for appointment
McFarland PLLC
Dallas Arts District
One Arts Plaza
1722 Routh St., Suite 900
Dallas, TX 75201
Telephone: (972) 845-5922
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