Practice Areas

Complex Litigation

Baxter W. Banowsky has spent three decades in state and federal courts across Texas and the United States honing the ability to take on any type of complex dispute that threatens your present and long-term interests. No matter how unique your situation, chances are we have litigated the matter.

We represent small businesses, privately held and publicly traded corporations, non-U.S. companies, multi-level marketing organizations and other entities in all types of commercial litigation. This includes:

  •    Breach of contract disputes
  •    Shareholder, partner and ownership disputes
  •    Intellectual property and trade secret protection
  •    Employment litigation
  •    Real estate litigation
  •    Defense against liability claims
  •    Construction litigation
  •    Environmental and land use disputes

Local Government Law

Banowsky, P.C. provides local governmental entities and associations across Texas with a wide array of legal services. Our clients include municipalities, counties, transportation authorities, economic development corporations and law enforcement commissions.

We feature a team of attorneys with decades of experience in the most complex public law matters. As a small firm, we can provide strategic analysis and agile litigation representation to your municipal entity for less expense than larger firms, respecting your budget and the taxpayers.

We regularly provide counsel to our clients on nearly every issue arising in the public sector. We have also defended government entities and their employees in nearly every imaginable type of litigation.  Our local government work includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Eminent domain, land usage and zoning issues
  • Employment disputes
  • Construction and contract disputes
  • Environmental disputes
  • Open records and open meeting cases
  • Negligence and wrongful death claims
  • Constitutional, civil rights and 1983 excessive force litigation
  • Regulatory disputes
  • Elections matters

Eminent Domain

The taking of private land to repurpose it for public use here in Texas can be a highly contentious process. Although a government entity or government-authorized private entity has the power to acquire private property through condemnation, it must be done by adhering to a fair process, and the landowner must receive just compensation.  These cases require a nuanced understanding of eminent domain law and can vary significantly from other forms of litigation. With decades of experience in condemnation law, we know how to prevail in condemnation negotiations and trials.

Law Enforcement Disputes

In this tumultuous climate, it is not uncommon for citizens to attempt to obtain damages for alleged police misconduct by filing a suit against a law enforcement officer or the police department. A lawsuit can have lasting and costly consequences for the department, officer and community safety.  At Banowsky, P.C., we defend public law enforcement entities and their individual officers against allegations of wrongdoing in both state and federal courts throughout Texas. Our clients benefit from our in-depth knowledge of the legal system, our experience in handling matters of municipal law and the community relationships we have established during our decades of practice. In addition to providing stringent defense, we can help officers and agencies take steps to prevent future incidents.

Our firm handles cases involving:

  • Police officer misconduct
  • Wrongful arrest Invasion of privacy
  • 1983 excessive force violations
  • Wrongful death from improper use of deadly force
  • Allegations of racial profiling

Intellectual Property

Whether you are a solo businessperson or you work for a large, publicly traded corporation, your intellectual property and trade secrets are your enterprise’s lifeblood. Today, holders of intellectual property face unprecedented threats that put their profitability at stake.

At Banowsky, P.C., we represent clients from across the nation in state and federal courts in Texas to help them protect their intellectual property. Baxter W. Banowsky is also a registered patent attorney and represents clients before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.  Mr. Banowsky’s unique engineering background and experience also provides the firm with industry knowledge and the ability to effectively represent clients in patent, trademark, trade secrets and other intellectual property disputes.

Construction Litigation

Large-scale construction projects involve numerous parties and require everyone to cooperate and communicate. Sizeable problems can come about through what started out as a small miscommunication or disagreement.  In the construction litigation arena, skilled legal counsel can make the difference between a costly project coming to a standstill or a timely resolution. We understand the urgency of these matters and the need for swift results. We have a strong reputation for successfully litigating construction issues while protecting our clients’ interests. We represent developers, owners, builders, municipal governments, contractors and others in commercial and industrial construction disputes involving:

  • Construction and design defects
  • Construction fraud
  • Mechanic’s lien and payment bond claims
  • Warranty claims
  • Contract draft, negotiations and enforcement
  • OSHA citations and proceedings Insurance coverage issues
  • Land use and zoning disputes Commercial real estate issues