Mike Stafford

Partner, Litigation
Houston
2000 Wells Fargo Plaza
1000 Louisiana Street
Houston, Texas 77002
t 713.276.5486 f 713.276.6486
mstafford@gardere.com

Mike Stafford focuses his practice on resolving government-related disputes, including condemnations, regulatory compliance and administrative matters. He represents both condemnors and property owners – both large and small – and has earned a reputation for obtaining favorable awards in condemnation proceedings.

Mike’s relevant background and experience in the public sector serves his private-sector clients in their interactions with governmental entities. For example, he has obtained previously-denied permits for clients and has effectively assisted companies with property tax disputes. Mike often teams with other members of the Firm in representing both condemnors and condemnees involved in right-of-way claims. He believes that right-to-take issues will be an increasingly contentious concern in the pipeline sector, especially in the wake of the Denbury decision.

Public officials and candidates for elected office often seek Mike's counsel for difficult election law disputes. He and a colleague recently prevailed in a complex case – In re Jonathan Day – involving a ballot initiative and the discretionary authority of the chief elected official of Harris County to order an election.

Between 2001 and 2008, Mike served as county attorney to Harris County, Texas, the third largest county in the U.S., where he supervised more than 90 attorneys handling cases in all areas of government law. These included administrative, appellate, regulatory compliance, real property, trial, eminent domain, condemnation and legislative relations.

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