Dawson & Sodd, LLP traces its roots to 1894. “Condemnation” or “eminent domain” cases are those where the government or private entities like pipeline and power line companies take a landowner’s property for their own use, making what is often a very low offer of compensation for that taking. Under the leadership of Glenn Sodd and legendary Baylor law professor emeritus Matt “Mad Dog” Dawson, the firm has risen to prominence over the last 50 years as eminent-domain practitioners helping landowners. Many of the firm’s attorneys have been named as Super Lawyers in Texas eminent domain law by the Thomson Reuters service: Mr. Dawson (2003 – 2005), Mr. Sodd (2003 – 2018), and Matt Hurt (2014 – 2018). Numerous of the firm’s attorneys have also been named as Rising Stars in eminent domain by the Thomson Reuters service: Matt Hurt (2013 and 2014), Jody Sodd McSpadden (2005 – 2007, 2014 – 2015), and B. Tyler Milton (2014 – 2019).
Our focus has been on helping landowners in eminent domain or condemnation cases for the last 35+ years. With a reputation for excellence and outstanding results across Texas, our team has a unique blend of skill, experience, grit, and determination necessary to handle all types of eminent domain cases.
We never represent the government or others looking to seize private property. Our clients include the widest range of improved and unimproved property owners. We have handled cases involving virtually every kind of property, ranging from commercial, office, and industrial buildings, raw development land, convenience stores, mines, oil and gas leases, water rights, natural gas processing sites, and recreational, farm, or ranch land. Our experience includes projects where the taking is for virtually every type of condemnation project, including new or expanded roads and highways, new and expanded power lines, every kind of pipeline easement, land underneath a natural gas processing plant, new railroads, new lakes, the Super Conducting Super Collider, and sport venues like the Texas Ranger baseball stadium and the Dallas Cowboys football stadium.
The modern era of Dawson & Sodd, LLP began under the leadership of legendary attorney and law professor Matt “Mad Dog” Dawson. His fierce teaching approach left many students at Baylor University School of Law with fond memories and respect. Professor Dawson already had significant eminent domain experience when he met Glenn Sodd as a young law student and hired him for his own firm. After serving as an intern under the professor, Glenn moved to Corsicana, Texas to join forces in growing a formidable resume as a top condemnation firm.
Through our years of operation, a number of talented attorneys have brought their perspectives to our practice. Presently, partners Clay Beard, Jason Sodd, Jody Sodd McSpadden, B. Tyler Milton, Matt Hurt and Clint Schumacher diligently contribute their efforts to guiding clients through the challenges of facing condemnation.
Where We Practice
Our firm takes on cases from across the entire state of Texas. We have handled and consulted on cases in every region of the state.
We are ready to fight for landowners in areas such as:
- San Antonio
- El Paso
- Fort Worth
- Corpus Christi
- Bryan/College Station
- Grand Prairie
- The Woodlands
- Round Rock
- Wichita Falls
- Flower Mound
- New Braunfels
- Cedar Park
- San Marcos