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Levee & Flood Protection

Fighting the flood.

Husch Blackwell counsels stakeholders nationally on the many political, regulatory and financial issues that arise in every facet of flood control infrastructure and levee system projects. Our flood protection team has broad experience advising on nearly 50 flood protection projects valued in excess of $3 billion, protecting more than $100 billion in property.

We understand that cooperation and partnerships are keys to accomplishing flood-control projects. The positive relationships our attorneys foster between clients and engineers, financial advisors, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, FEMA, legislators, regulatory department officials, and other state and local government agencies are instrumental in advancing client projects.
 
In Texas, where flood planning can have unique challenges, our Levee & Flood Protection law team has experience and long-standing relationships that allow us to streamline both client complications and opportunities. We understand how, and when, laws apply regarding a multitude of Texas districts, such as Levee Improvement and Municipal Utility Districts, and district boards. Our Texas team members’ connections throughout the state legislature, federal legislature and relevant agencies make us exceptional client advocates.

Our guidance to clients in the levee and flood protection sector includes:

  • Construction
  • Design
  • Emergency assistance claims and appeals
  • Eminent domain
  • Federal floodplain management regulations
  • Financing
  • Levee certifications and challenges to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) de-accreditation decisions
  • Levee certification programs and participation in PL 84-99
  • Operation and maintenance
  • Public planning
  • Public policy and government
  • Right-of-way acquisition cost reductions
  • State and federal permitting
  • Verification of proposed FEMA flood maps
Media Mentions | March 26, 2019
KCUR-FM: An Update on Levees and Flood Protection (AUDIO)

This past week, much of the Midwest has been devastated by severe flooding. In this conversation, KCUR listeners get an update on flood protection from Karin Jacoby, attorney with Husch Blackwell and registered engineer in waterway management.

Media Mentions | February 04, 2019
Texas Lawyer Newsmakers: Week of Feb. 4 (log-in required)

Texas Lawyer reports on three new attorneys joining the Houston office of Husch Blackwell.

News Releases | January 28, 2019
Husch Blackwell Adds Three Partners in Houston

Robert Eckels, Arturo Michel and Sandy Hellums-Gomez join the Houston office of Husch Blackwell.

Media Mentions | January 28, 2019
Texas Lawyer: Husch Blackwell Adds 3 Partners to Houston Public Law Team

The lateral hires include former Harris County Judge Robert Eckels, former Houston City Attorney Arturo Michel and governance and compliance lawyer Sandy Hellums-Gomez.

News Releases | December 10, 2018
Husch Blackwell Elects 25 to Partnership
News Releases | October 29, 2018
Husch Blackwell Relocates Houston Office to Downtown Area

Husch Blackwell's Houston office relocates to the JPMorgan Chase Tower at 600 Travis Street effective October 29, 2019.

Media Mentions | August 06, 2018
KCUR-FM: How Floods Shape Kansas City (AUDIO)

The several waterways that weave through Kansas City make a big impact on shaping The Metro, especially after heavy rains. Husch Blackwell's Karin Jacoby and historian Monroe Dodd discuss.

Testimonials Chambers USA 2018

“The lawyers are more than just advisors, they are partners in achieving our goals. They are always extremely knowledgeable and exceptionally effective.”

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Testimonials Tim Fowler, Director, Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District

“It’s been a true blessing to have the capabilities of Husch Blackwell in times when we’ve really needed it… I can’t tell you how much I’ve appreciated that because I have seen the fruits of the labor. One of the best things I think we’ve ever done on this board was bring in the Husch team.”

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Testimonials Chambers USA 2019

"The team is noted for its work on the financing and operation of sports facilities, as well as the full range of issues affecting mixed-use developments and clients in the railroad, healthcare and hospitality sectors."

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Client Results

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) shelves plan to decertify levees.

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