Biography

Litigation – Mr. Young has counseled and represented governmental and private clients in litigation involving land use, employment, real estate, constitutional rights, open government, and general civil matters. He has represented clients before all levels of state court and in federal court.

Municipal Law – Mr. Young has represented cities in matters regarding open government, personnel, land use, and related issues and prosecuted cases in municipal court.

Representative Litigation Experience

Litigation on Behalf of Cities – Mr. Young has represented cities in multiple disputes regarding land use and zoning. He continues to represent cities in disputes with neighboring cities and private property owners over annexation issues. He has experience defending 7 U.S.C. Section 1926(b) claims brought by water supply corporations against cities. He assisted a city client in a declaratory judgment action filed by the city against the State of Texas and several federal agencies to construe a state statute and to determine the rights of the city. He defended a junior college district in a suit by employees alleging exposure to toxic mercury and First Amendment claims. He has conducted research and discovery in cases involving voting rights, equal protection, open records, and open meetings claims.

Open Records Litigation – Mr. Young has successfully represented public entities and private businesses in cases involving the Texas Public Information Act. He successfully assisted public retiree benefit plans in suits to protect the confidential information of retirees. He assisted a private corporation that operated a landfill owned by a public entity to protect the private trade secret information in the corporation’s third-party contracts. He assisted a public entity in protecting the identities of witnesses who provided information in relation to an internal investigation of an allegation of unlawful discrimination in employment.

Other Cases – Mr. Young helped a private corporation obtain a favorable judgment in federal court in a case alleging conversion of industrial property. He helped a judicial candidate obtain a favorable ruling from Texas Supreme Court in an election matter. He defended a community college against claims by a former employee alleging harmful exposure to toxic mold and violation of the Texas Whistleblower Act. He represented a city in a lawsuit alleging voting rights claims and violations of the Texas Election Code. He represented a state court judge in an election contest/mandamus action before the Texas Supreme Court. He represented a corporate shareholder in a defamation action brought by a nonprofit corporation.

State Bar of Texas

Austin Bar Association

Board Member, American Gateways (formerly Political Asylum Project of Austin), 2004-2010; President, 2007-2010.

Participant in Volunteer Legal Services, Habitat for Humanity, Interfaith Hospitality Network, and Meals on Wheels

“Public Information Act,” Presented to the V.G. Young Institute’s School for County Commissioners Courts, 2016

“Land Use Regulation for Texas Cities,” Presented to the Texas Municipal League Riley Fletcher Seminar, 2016

“Land Use Regulation for Texas Cities,” Presented to the Texas Municipal League Riley Fletcher Seminar, 2015

“Texas Land Use for Municipalities,” Presented to the Texas Municipal League’s Municipal Law 101, 2014

“Land Use Regulation for Texas Cities,” Presented to the Texas Municipal League Riley Fletcher Seminar, 2013

“An Overview of the Texas Whistleblower Act,” Presented to the Texas Leadership Institute, 2009

“Employee E-mail and Internet Use,” Presented to the Texas Leadership Institute, 2009

“Land Zoning Issues in the State Of Texas,” Presented to the National Business Institute, 2008