Practice Areas

Governmental Litigation

Lawsuits involving public entities and officials frequently pivot on special defenses or issues that only apply to governmental litigants.  Whether you are a public sector litigant or adverse to a governmental opponent, retaining counsel familiar with this unique legal terrain is crucial to achieving a favorable result.

Davis & Wright’s Governmental Litigation Practice Group represents a substantial number of local governmental entities in a broad variety of litigation matters spanning across Texas.  This seasoned team of savvy attorneys has a depth of knowledge and experience representing governmental clients in both trial and appellate courts at the state and federal level.  The group includes attorneys who previously worked for the Texas Attorney General’s office representing state governmental agencies and officials in a broad range of matters including medical malpractice, personal injury defense and civil rights litigation.  

Past and Present Clients

  • County hospitals
  • Hospital districts
  • Municipal and county hospital authorities
  • Government-employed physicians, nurses and other health care professionals
  • Local government officers and directors
  • Law enforcement officers

How We Can Help

  • Defense against claims of medical malpractice or personal injury under the Texas Tort Claims Act
  • Representation in business litigation brought by or against governmental entities
  • Representation in fiduciary litigation brought by or against government officials
  • Miscellaneous litigation regarding governmental or official powers, duties, or compliance with state constitutional and statutory law

Representative Accomplishments

  • Successful defense of nonprofit board trustees sued by the Texas Attorney General under the Texas Non-Profit Corporation Act
  • Won summary judgment for operator of local governmental hospital facility based upon defense under the Texas Tort Claims Act
  • Successful defense of county hospital authority in suit to enjoin construction of new hospital facility; litigation involved alleged violations of the Texas Open Meetings Act and competing interpretations of statutes in the Texas Government Code and Texas Health & Safety Code
  • Assisted local governmental unit recover misappropriated employee retirement plan funds through fiduciary litigation in state court
  • Secured favorable settlements and judgments on behalf of hospital districts in lawsuits to enforce physician income guarantee contracts  
  • Favorable results for local governmental entities in commercial litigation arising from business disputes with vendors