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Judith Ramsey

Senior Counsel
fax +1 832.397.3500

Judith Ramsey advises local governmental entities and represents these entities and their officials and employees in all types of litigation, whether it relates to contract disputes, claims of constitutional violations or preemption, claims under the Texas Tort Claims Act, eminent domain, inverse condemnation, election contests, Texas Public Information Act actions, ultra vires claims, real estate disputes, construction disputes, sign code matters, environmental issues, legislative matters, and more.

For more than 30 years, Judith has represented not only governmental entities and their officials and employees but businesses and individuals in commercial and personal injury litigation and appeals. Judith handles litigation in the State and Federal courts, and appellate matters and arguments in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, as well as the Texas Supreme Court, and the 1st, 14th, and 4th Courts of Appeal.

Prior to joining Clark Hill, Judith proudly served as Chief of the General Litigation Section of the City of Houston Legal Department from mid-2012 to early-2020, supervising a large team of attorneys handling high-profile and complex litigation and appeals.

Education

J.D., South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas
B.A., Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas

Memberships

San Antonio Bar Association, Appellate Section

State Bar Licenses

Texas

Court Admissions

U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. District Ct., S.D. of Texas

Experience*:

  • Texas Public Information Act mandamus actions
  • Election contests related to both candidates and measures
  • Eminent domain matters, including Special Commissioners’ hearings and litigation
  • Inverse condemnation / takings litigation
  • Construction disputes and litigation
  • Allegations of violations of Texas Natural Resources Code and Antiquities Code
  • Open Meetings Act claims
  • Sign Code disputes and litigation
  • Texas Tort Claims Act litigation and jurisdictional/governmental immunity issues
  • Litigation relating to the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance
  • Participation with Harris County in a Chapter 125 nuisance case
  • Appeals relating to Building and Standards’ Commission rulings
  • Preemption challenge to concrete crushing facility ordinance
  • Preemption challenge to the Air Pollution Abatement ordinance
  • Challenges to the City of Houston’s
  • Charitable Feeding Ordinance
  • News rack ordinance
  • Provision of City benefits to same-sex couples
  • Term limits charter amendment
  • Taxicab ordinance
  • Game room ordinance
  • Propane regulations
  • Amended pension statute
  • Revisions to the general conditions document for construction projects
  • Affirmative claims and litigation against large governmental vendors and contractors
  • Covenant-not-to-compete contract litigation
  • Litigation relating to financial institutions and loans
  • Permitting disputes and hearings
  • Texas Citizens’ Participation Act motions
  • Maritime claims
  • Multi-district tort and statutory claims
  • Water Code enforcement actions

*Experience completed prior to joining Clark Hill PLC