Denise’s principal areas of practice are real estate, planning and development, and construction law matters, with an emphasis on the representation of cities, counties, and other local governments. She has represented both large and small cities in matters such as acquisitions and sales, commercial leases, easements, licenses, construction projects, and the development of real estate.
Denise has been lead attorney in the acquisition of $20,000,000 in real estate for the Balcones Canyonland Conservation Plan and acquisition of $45,000,000 in real estate for water quality protection. She has represented various entities in the acquisition of office buildings, electric utility power plants, and water rights. To accomplish the project objectives, she has coordinated the land use planning, zoning, and development aspects of projects with the land acquisition and construction.
Denise has worked with communities in connection with a variety of land use and development issues. She has advised cities regarding the writing, codification, amendment and implementation of land use, zoning, and subdivision regulations and other ordinances. She has worked on matters involving private/public partnerships for economic development, affordable housing, “smart growth” development, downtown revitalization, environmental conservation, and historic preservation.
Denise has represented local governments in numerous construction projects, including municipal buildings, courthouses, jails, schools, and water/wastewater projects. She has served as legal counsel and expert witness in matters involving title disputes, easements rights and condemnation.
Former Assistant City Attorney, City of Austin
Former Adjunct Professor, University School of Law, Land Titles
Former Instructor, University of Texas Legal Assistance Program, Real Estate, and Austin Community College, Abstracting and Title Examination
Former Commission Member, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Real Estate Law Legal Assistants Commission
Chair, State Bar of Texas Real Estate Forms Committee
Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating of AV Preeminent
Texas Super Lawyers list, 2018-2020
Rural Development – Groundwater Issues and Agricultural Districts, Moderator, Advanced Real Estate Strategies, TexasBarCLE 13th Annual Course, December 2019
The New Normal: Alternative Construction Delivery Methods, Author/Speaker Texas Public Purchasing Association, Summer Momentum (2014)
Alternative Construction Delivery Methods, Author/Speaker, Texas Association of Community College Business Officers, Seminar (2014)
Construction Contracting in Traditional and Alternative Project Delivery Systems, Author/ Speaker, HalfMoon Education Inc. Construction Law (2014)
Drafting Change Order Strategies, Author/Speaker, Lorman Education Services, Change Orders in Texas (2014)
Groundwater Rights in Texas, Author/Speaker, Houston Bar Association Real Estate Law Section (2014)
Public Procurement Requirements for Cities and Counties Under Texas Law, Author/Speaker, Lorman Education Services, Public Contracts and Procurement Regulations in Texas (2014)
“1, 2, P3s, The Basics of Public-Private Partnerships”, Author/Speaker, Texas Association of Community College Attorneys, Seminar (2013)
“It’s Harder Than You’d Think” – Contracting with Texas Local Governments for the Sale, Lease or Purchase of Real Property, Advanced Real Estate Drafting Course, State Bar of Texas (2011)
Competitive Bidding from Bidder’s Vantage Point, Author/Speaker, Lorman Education Services, Public Contracts and Procurement Regulations in Texas (2010)
Emerging Markets – Development Opportunities and Issues – Public-Private Partnerships, Moderator/Panelist, Advanced Real Estate Strategies Course, State Bar of Texas (2010)
Putting the Owner in the Best Position for a Successful Construction Project, A Public Works Project from Start to Finish, Texas Leadership Institute (2007, 2008 & 2009)
Groundwater Contracts, Advanced Real Estate Drafting Seminar, State Bar of Texas (2008)
Public Procurement from the Owner’s Perspective, Lorman Public Contracting and Procurement Regulations in Texas (2008)
Purchasing Law Basics for Municipalities, Author/Speaker, Lorman Public Contracting and Procurement Regulations in Texas (2008)
Purchasing Law Basics for Counties, Author/Speaker, Lorman Public Contracting and Procurement Regulations in Texas (2008)