Practice Areas – Brown & Ortiz

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    We know how to effectively guide large-scale development projects through the process from inception to completion.
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    Building relationships to create

    strong foundations

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    We know how to effectively guide large-scale development projects through the process from inception to completion.
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    We know how to effectively guide large-scale development projects through the process from inception to completion.
  • SA-Skyline

    Experience gives us credibility,

    passion gives us fortitude

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    Established in the community,

    committed to client success

  • Missions

    Our commitment to integrity influences our approach to every project

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    A legal team dedicated to

    achieving results

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    Strategic, innovative solutions

    for unique developments

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Our attorneys provide comprehensive representation to parties involved in residential and commercial developments, focusing on the needs of developers but also representing end users as well. We have represented all sides of a real estate development project.

We provide counsel in all types of development efforts, including commercial, retail, office, industrial and mixed-used developments, as well as many single-family and multi-family housing developments. We also handle zoning, development entitlements, environmental compliance, economic development incentives/agreements and other land use issues.

Land Entitlements

Our attorneys are experts at handling turnkey land entitlements, from the platting and subdivision of land to building permits. We achieve results by anticipating objections, working efficiently, and we provide quality-consulting services.

We amend plans, obtain preliminary and final approvals and otherwise guide and expedite development projects, including:

  • use of economic incentives (TIF districts, Ch. 380 and 381 Agreements and other public financing mechanisms)
  • construction contracts
  • vested rights
  • signage permits

Mixed-Use Developments

We provide personal and comprehensive legal counsel to individuals and companies involved in mixed-use projects. We have experience handling developments in various complexities; from residential, commercial, retail, office, industrial and housing to large-scale developments exceeding 1,000 acres.

Our land use attorneys provide entitlement services from the start and ensure all necessary steps are being taken in acquiring the land and obtaining permits or land use/zoning variances. We will offer recommendations concerning platting, road or utility infrastructure, multi-party covenants, and rights of way.


Brown & Ortiz P.C. will guide your development and ensure that all state and local government land use regulations are met. From obtaining development permits to re-zoning, we provide personalized service tailored to your project. Our land use lawyers are familiar with the application process and will be present every step of the way.

Residential Community

We provide comprehensive legal strategies to individuals and entities involved in the development of single-family, multi-family and senior housing projects, from a small single-family housing project to master planned apartment communities.  Our experience includes managing projects of all sizes, from 10 unit-builds to planned developments with more than 500 units. We work alongside developers, engineers and architects on the construction aspect of the project and provide guidance to companies on building the facilities to ensure your development comes to fruition. Our attorneys are well versed in housing regulations and experienced with condominium conversions.

Economic Incentives

We recognize the importance of obtaining economic incentives. Through our solid relationships with elected officials, key staff members and stakeholders throughout Texas, our attorneys will assist you in obtaining necessary permits, drafting financial agreements, and meet the necessary statutory requirements to successfully obtain economic incentives. We have the depth and expertise to guide your project to receive the economic incentives that it needs.

Environmental Compliance

Land use and environmental compliance is often inevitable when it comes to developments. Our attorneys have practical knowledge and technical experience necessary to achieve your goals. We are well versed in all current environmental laws and regulations, and will ensure that your development meets the government standards and requirements. We will help you proactively avoid environmental concerns and resolve any issues that arise.