Livestock Weekly – San Angelo, Texas

Photo of the “Kelo House” in Kelo v. City of New London. [Ellis] has been fighting for landowners who have had their property taken by the government since 2009. Ellis told listeners that for years before Kelo, attorneys like himself labored in relative obscurity because eminent domain wasn’t on the radar of property owners. KeloLearn More

Luke Ellis Speaks About Private Property Rights at Texas Public Policy Foundation

Luke Ellis was invited to speak at the 13th Annual Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Policy (TPPF) Orientation, one of the nation’s top policy conferences held in Austin on January 8, 2015.  Luke spoke on a panel called “Protecting Property Rights Amidst the Texas Miracle” along with State Senator Lois Kolkhorst, Chris Mosley (Attorney, City ofLearn More

Luke Ellis is Quoted Regarding New Rules Modifying Pipeline Companies

By Max B. Baker Star-Telegram (Fort Worth) The Texas Railroad Commission has approved new rules modifying what pipeline operators must do to become common carriers and possibly get the power to condemn land for their projects. Luke Ellis, an Austin attorney, also said the agency could have given landowners some say in the pipeline’s route –Learn More

Hill Country Alliance Workshop

Luke Ellis was invited to speak at the Hill Country Alliance Workshop in Fredericksburg, Texas on September 6, 2014. The Workshop was planned for all potentially impacted landowners by the proposed substation and transmission line planned for the Blumenthal area, including Gillespie, Kendall, and Blanco Counties. The objective was to help property owners understand theirLearn More

New Rules Proposed on Eminent Domain Process for New Pipelines

By Max B. Baker Star-Telegram To be frank, the idea of a pipeline running across his prairie really ticked off cattleman Pete Bonds. But not to be paid a fair price for the land only made him madder. Bonds, who owns 1,000 acres northwest of Fort Worth near Saginaw, said the pipeline company wanted aLearn More

Hidalgo County Bar Association

Luke Ellis was invited to speak at the Hidalgo County Bar Association in McAllen on July 2, 2014 in response to several large eminent domain/condemnation projects in the area including Electric Transmission Texas, LLC’s proposed North-Edinburg to Loma Alta transmission line project, the International Bridge Trade Corridor project, the expansion of SH 365, and theLearn More

Red River Ranchers Fear Losing Land to Feds

By Bill Hanna Star-Telegram ELECTRA — Inside his local bank, Terry McAlister pulls the tattered documents out of the safe-deposit box. The abstract of title, which includes pages that have been affixed to newer pieces of paper to keep them from fraying, dates to 1899. McAlister points to parts of his Wichita County property along theLearn More

Jury awards landowner $2.1 million in condemnation case

JMEH partners Luke Ellis and Justin Hodge represented a landowner in a jury trial over the disputed value of a pipeline easement. The Plaintiff pipeline company had offered $80,000. After a week-long trial, the jury returned a verdict of $1.6 million, which resulted in entry of a $2.1-million final judgment in the landowner’s favor. ThisLearn More