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Judith Ramsey

Senior Counsel
fax +1 832.397.3500

Judith Ramsey brings more than three decades of experience in representing businesses, business owners, and local governmental entities with a focus on litigation and litigation avoidance. Renowned for her client-focused and responsive approach, Judith takes pride in her successful track record.

Her extensive litigation and appellate experience encompass a diverse array of business disputes, ranging from breach of contract, real estate and property disputes, eminent domain, and inverse condemnation to environmental, regulatory, permitting issues, Public Information Act matters, Texas Citizen’s Participation Act, construction, ultra vires, Tort Claims Act, constitutional challenges to laws and governmental action, Election Code issues, consumer protection, procurement, and personal injury suits. Judith is well-versed in handling litigation in both State and Federal courts, and her appellate skill extends to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Texas Supreme Court, and the 1st, 14th, and 4th Courts of Appeal.

She also has experience in the restaurant industry, having negotiated an equipment lease for a franchise restaurant, and handled litigation involving restaurants with regard to health inspections, permitting, government contract bids, construction, and premises liability issues.

Prior to her role at Clark Hill, Judith served with distinction as the Chief of the General Litigation Section of the City of Houston Legal Department from mid-2012 to early-2020. In this position, she supervised a sizable team of attorneys, managing high-profile and complex litigation and appeals. Judith also brings valuable experience gained from working in other well-respected civil litigation firms.

Education

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

Memberships

Houston Bar Association, Commercial and Consumer Law, Construction, Litigation, and Real Estate Sections

San Antonio Bar Association, Appellate Section

State Bar Licenses

Texas

Court Admissions

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