B. Tyler Milton
Tyler Milton joined the firm as a Partner in October 2010. He previously practiced condemnation law as an attorney for the Law Office of Joe H. Staley, Jr., P.C. He has represented both condemnors and landowners, but since joining Dawson & Sodd, he has focused exclusively on the defense of property owners and their rights. He has successfully represented clients against condemning authorities at the local, county, and state levels involving various types of takings from residential, commercial, industrial, and rural properties, including takings for highway expansions, sanitary sewer lift stations, water transmission lines, natural gas transmission and gathering pipelines, and overhead electric transmission power lines.
Tyler received his undergraduate degree in 2003 from The College of William and Mary, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in History. During college, he spent his summers interning in Washington, D.C. at The White House and on Capitol Hill. In 2006, he earned his law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law. During law school, Tyler clerked in the Counterterrorism Section of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., served as Associate Editor of the St. Mary’s Law Journal, and was selected to the Order of Barristers.
Tyler was admitted to practice in Texas in 2006. In addition to his law practice, he teaches eminent domain law as an Adjunct Professor at the SMU Dedman School of Law, he has volunteered as a mentor through the Mercy Street West Dallas mentoring program, tutored students at G.W. Carver Elementary in West Dallas, and has served on the fundraising committee, the Touchdown Club, for the Rise School of Dallas.
The Thomson Reuters service has recognized Tyler as a Rising Star in eminent domain from 2014 to 2019.
Cases and Results
- Lead counsel for a property owner in a jury trial concerning the taking of permanent and temporary easements for a natural gas pipeline from a vacant commercial property in Tarrant County, resulting in a net recovery of $1,000,000, on an offer of $154,700.
- Co-counsel for a property owner in a jury trial and appeal for the taking of a natural gas pipeline easement in Denton County, resulting in a net recovery of $600,000, on an offer of $44,955.
- Settlement for a property owner in a partial taking for a high pressure natural gas pipeline easement across a large ranch in Central Texas, resulting in a net recovery of $1.5 million to the client, on an offer of $199,507.
- Settlement for an Ellis County property owner in a partial taking case filed by the State/TxDOT, resulting in a net recovery of $1.4 million to the client, on an offer of $479,160.
- Settlement for a property owner of vacant commercial corner in Arlington, Texas in a partial taking case filed by the State/TxDOT, resulting in a net recovery of $3.3 million to the client, on an offer of $1,624,995.
- Settlement for the owner of a major restaurant chain in a partial taking case filed by the State/TxDOT in Tarrant County, resulting in a net recovery to the client of $1 million, on an offer of $411,337.
- Settlement for a convenience store operator/owner in Dallas County in a partial taking filed by the State/TxDOT, resulting in a $5.7 million net recovery to the client, on an offer $4,114,808.
- Settlement for a Dallas County property owner in a partial taking for a gas pipeline easement across a vacant commercial property, resulting in a net recovery of $190,000 to the client, on an offer of $10,527.
- Settlement for a Wise County property owner in a partial taking for an overhead electric transmission power line easement, resulting in a net recovery of $621,127, on an offer of $254,232.
Reported Condemnation Opinions
Crosstex DC Gathering Co., J.V. v. Button, 2013 WL 257355 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth, no pet.)
- State v. Central Expressway Sign Assocs., 302 S.W.2d 866 (Tex. 2009)
Presentations & Publications
- The “Unable to Agree” Requirement and Texas Condemnation Law: A Critical Analysis of Hubenak v. San Jacinto Gas Trans. Co., published in Vol. 37, Issue 2 of the St. Mary’s Law Journal.
- Improving the Landowner’s Odds in Eminent Domain Cases, published in April 2015 issue of Headnotes for the Dallas Bar Association, co-authored with Matt Hurt and Jody McSpadden.
- St. Mary’s University School of Law, Juris Doctor, 2006
- The College of William and Mary, Bachelor of Arts in History, 2003
Admitted to Practice
- Texas Courts statewide
Professional & Community Involvement
- American Bar Association
- Dallas Bar Association
- Real Property Section
- Dallas Association of Young Lawyers
- DAYL Leadership Class 2015
- State Bar of Texas
- Texas Bar Foundation – Fellow
- Mercy Street West Dallas mentoring program
- Project Opportunity Foundation – Board Member
Awards & Recognition
- Selected to the Texas Rising Star list published annually by Thomson Reuters in the area of eminent domain for 2014 through 2019.