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Public Entity Defense

Texas Government Entity Defense Attorneys

Government entities face challenges and have defense opportunities that vary significantly from those facing the typical Texas business. No claim can be asserted against these entities without the express waiver of the entity’s immunity from suit, injecting statutory construction issues into what may appear to be a straightforward suit.

From basic tort claims arising from automobile accidents, slip and falls, and street maintenance to civil rights violations involving ordinance enforcement, discrimination, or police officer use of force, Fletcher, Farley, Shipman and Salinas has the know-how to provide a comprehensive defense strategy for these claims. We understand the opportunities and limitations of the legal tactics uniquely available to governmental entities, and are ready to resolve claims by dispositive motion, jury trial, and appeal, while persistently exploring other possible resolution options.

The Fletcher Farley government defense lawyers have substantial experience in defending governmental entities in a wide variety of civil actions, specifically including:

  • Negligence/Texas Tort Claims Act allegations
  • Claims for violation of the United States and Texas constitutions
  • Civil right violations, specifically including law enforcement matters
  • Land use and ordinance enforcement disputes
  • Employment-related claims, including discrimination, sexual harassment, FMLA, ADA, FLSA, and whistleblower complaints

Fletcher Farley represents entities such as cities, counties, school districts, and housing authorities, as well as these entities’ employees, managers, and controlling boards, bodies, and officials. Fletcher Farley understands the legal defenses and issues that uniquely arise in defending governmental entities and representatives, and are accustomed to addressing these issues at the state and federal court levels. Our focus is on mounting an active and targeted defense, while simultaneously exercising discretion and taking proactive steps to minimize the political fallout that often attends the allegation of governmental responsibility or the allegation of malfeasance on the part of a public official.

Fletcher Farley realizes the importance of communicating with and responding to the unique needs of a governmental entity and providing its governing body with the information and options for effectively handling and responding to asserted claims. Fletcher Farley is very active in providing continuing education and training about the issues that arise in these settings, specifically including the Texas Tort Claims Act, employment law, civil rights and law enforcement issues, and land use. In addition, we are often asked to provide pre-claim advice and investigation services, for pro-active claims avoidance and evidence preservation, particularly following law enforcement action involving the use of deadly force and in the areas of employment practices and ethics ordinance compliance.

Contact our offices to confer with one of our experienced lawyers.

Dallas Office

9201 North Central Expressway
Suite 600
Dallas, TX 75231
Tel: 214-987-9600
Fax: 214-987-9866


Austin Office

1717 W. 6th Street
Suite 300
Austin, Texas 78703
Tel: 512-476-5300
Fax: 512-476-5771

The law firm of Fletcher, Farley, Shipman & Salinas, LLP, serves the legal needs of businesses and individual clients in Texas communities statewide, including Dallas, Austin, Fort Worth, Plano, Denton, Irving, Tyler, Longview, San Antonio, Houston, El Paso and Amarillo.