Thomas e. Sheffield, LAWYER

Thomas E. Sheffield


Mr. Sheffield was born in Pasadena, Texas in 1963. A lifelong resident of the Houston and Galveston Bay area, Mr. Sheffield has been practicing law since 1990 and has devoted his practice exclusively to matters of eminent domain, representing both landowners and condemning authorities in statutory condemnation cases and in inverse condemnation cases involving regulatory takings. His clients include real estate investment trusts, many nationwide companies and individual landowners across the State of Texas.


Mr. Sheffield is a frequent lecturer in matters of eminent domain and has spoken widely to landowners’ organizations and to industry participants. Mr. Sheffield is among America’s Best Lawyers in the eminent domain practice area, an unsolicited distinction he has held since the practice area was recognized in 2006.


Mr. Sheffield graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Arts degree (Plan II) with honors in 1986. He graduated from The University of Texas at Austin School of Law, JD, 1990, with honors.

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Thomas Sheffield, Lawyer

609 Bradford Ave., Suite 101

Kemah, TX  77565


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Anderson v. Teco Pipeline Company, 985 S.W.2d 559 (Tex. App. - San Antonio, 1998) (public use   requirement)


Mercier v. MidTexas Pipeline Company, 28 S.W.3d 712 (Tex. App. - Corpus Christi, 2000) (public use requirement & good-faith negotiations requirement)


Hubenak v. San Jacinto Gas Company, 141 S.W.3d 172 (Tex. 2004) (good-faith negotiations requirement)


Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railroad Company v. City of Houston, 171 S.W.3d 240 (Tex. App. - Houston [14th Dist.], 2005) (paramount public use & federal preemption)


Harris County Hospital District v. Textac Partners I, 257 S.W.3d 303 (Tex. App. - Houston [14th Dist.], 2008) (arbitrary and capricious taking)


ETC Katy Pipeline, Ltd v. FLR Pipeline Corridor No. 1, LLC, 2008 WL 5093598 (Tex. App. - Waco, Dec. 3, 2008) (trial court jurisdiction to dismiss)

             Lecturer, International Right of Way Association, Texas Convention (2000, 2001)


             Lecturer, Good Faith Negotiations, CLE International Course (2004)


             Lecturer, Hubenak v. San Jacinto Gas Transmission, Harris County Attorney Eminent Domain CLE (2006)


             Lecturer, Public Use and Other Issues, CLE International, Austin, Texas (2006)


             Lecturer, Eminent Domain, State Bar of Texas Advanced Real Estate Seminar (2007)


             Program Co-Chair, CLE International Eminent Domain Seminar, Houston, Texas (2007)


             Lecturer, Eminent Domain Topics, South Texans’ Property Rights Association (2008)

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(281) 549-4732


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(281) 549-4735