Can Tenants use Property without Paying Rent? – Navigating the Minefield of Eviction Procedures in Texas

August 1, 2019 – In his New York Times bestseller “Evicted” Matthew Desmond, a Pulitzer Prize winner, chronicles the link between poverty in middle America and its correlation to evictions.  Desmond walks the reader through the lives of low-income families across America who have suffered through the eviction process. 

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Surface Water in Texas

July 15, 2019 – In Texas, water law generally applies to either groundwater or surface water rights.  Surface water is defined in the Texas Water Code Section 11.021 as “water under ordinary flow, underflow and tides of every flowing river, natural stream, lake, bay, arm of the Gulf of Mexico, and stormwater, floodwater or rain water of every river, natural stream, canyon, ravine, depression, and watershed in the state.” Diffused surface water is water on the surface of one’s land that has not yet entered a ‘watercourse’ and that instead is owned by the owner of the land over which it flows.  

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Coats Rose Adds Racy Haddad to Real Estate Practice in Austin Office

AUSTIN – May 1, 2019 – Coats Rose, P.C, a leading transactional and litigation law firm, has expanded its real estate practice in Austin with the addition of Racy L. Haddad, director.


Haddad is a director in the real estate practice in the firm’s Austin office. 

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Coats Rose Adds Two Attorneys in Dallas Office

HOUSTON – November 5, 2018 – Coats Rose, P.C. announces the addition of two attorneys to the firm’s Dallas office. Paige Mebane joins Coats Rose’s affordable housing and community development practice and Mary Cassandra “Cassie” Evans joins the real estate practice.

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Coats Rose Government Relations Attorneys Continue Successful Record in 85th Texas Legislative Session

Natalie ScottCoats Rose attorneys continued their successful track record in passing legislation on behalf of Texas real estate developers during the 85th Texas Legislative Session. Our attorneys’ work resulted in the passage of 16 local bills as well as a general law bill clarified certain Texas Water Code provisions. 

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Love Thy Neighbor: Negotiating Co-Tenancy Provisions in an Evolving Retail Landscape

Stephanie Lucas Harrison presented “Love Thy Neighbor: Negotiating Co-Tenancy Provisions in an Evolving Retail Landscape,” at the 29th Annual Spring Symposia for the American Bar Association Real Property, Trust & Estate Law CLE Programs on April 21, 2017.  The presentation considered how co-tendancy lease provisions are evolving as retail developments are changing.

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Coats Rose Attorneys Named to 2017 Best Lawyers in America List Published by Woodward White, Inc.

HOUSTON, TX – August 15, 2016: Coats Rose is pleased to announce that 11 attorneys in the firm have been selected by their peers for inclusion in 2017 The Best Lawyers in America© list published by Woodward White, Inc.  The firm received Top Listed State and Metro awards for our Construction Law practice, in Texas and in Houston respectively.

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Coats Rose Represent Sugar Land for $75 Million Dollar Performing Arts Venue

Screen Shot 2013-11-13 at 9.42.05 AMCoats Rose attorneys are representing the City of Sugar Land in the drafting and negotiation of the procurement contracts for design and construction of a $75 million dollar performing arts venue.

The City used a two-step Construction Manager At Risk delivery method for the project. 

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Coats Rose Lawyers Close Innovative Bond Financing PID

November 11, 2013 Dallas, TX: Coats Rose lawyers closed one of the first Texas municipal bond financings secured solely by “assessments” collected through a Public Improvement District (PID).  The bond proceeds were used by the City of Lavon, Texas, near Dallas, to reimburse the developer of the Grand Heritage master planned community for water, sewer, drainage and road improvements serving Grand Heritage.

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