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Areas of Practice

McDowell Law is different. Built to provide legal services efficiently and economically, it offers its clients large-firm experience with small-firm overhead and attention. The firm represents clients in a broad range of industries, including manufacturing, technology, hospitality, construction and real estate, professional services, and sports and entertainment.

General Counsel Services

Business issues and legal issues are often intertwined with a business’s day-to-day operations. Many potential legal issues can be prevented, or at least mitigated, by recognizing and addressing the issue in the course of a business’s ordinary operations. While a large company may have general or in-house counsel, many businesses need those services, but think that they are too small or lack the resources. McDowell Law was created, in part, to provide an affordable, practical alternative to those businesses by providing the services of an outside “in-house counsel” on an ongoing basis. The services and costs, of course, depend on the unique character of the business, but may include:

  • Contract review
  • Employment and employee advice
  • Business transaction advice
  • Commercial collections
  • Intellectual property protection
  • Negotiating business transactions
  • Interacting with claims counsel on behalf of the business
  • Addressing insurance issues
  • Hiring and managing specialized outside counsel for the business
  • Managing ongoing litigation on behalf of the business ownership

Commercial and Business Services

Every business owner recognizes that doing business can be complicated and that, from time to time, disputes arise. If not promptly addressed and resolved, they can divert money, time, and attention from your business. McDowell Law represents clients in a wide range of business and commercial disputes, including:

  • Business partner disputes and fiduciary litigation
  • Contract disputes and breaches
  • Business torts and fraud
  • Intellectual property disputes
  • Misappropriation of trade secrets
  • Restaurant and club liability and other premises liability
  • Product liability
  • Real estate fraud
  • Personal injury and wrongful death

Chris McDowell understands the economic impact of litigation on businesses. With a background in business and banking, he analyzes disputes in light of the legal and commercial considerations, striving to minimize clients' risk and protect their interests.

Employment Law

Knowledgeable, dedicated employees are critical to the success of a business. It's important to clearly define the rights and responsibilities of both employees and employer in order to prevent confusion, conflict, and loss. McDowell Law represents businesses and individuals in employment law matters including:

  • Employee contracts
  • Covenants not to compete
  • Employment discrimination
  • Employment litigation

Chris McDowell knows how costly employment disputes can be to a business. He works with clients to resolve potential areas of conflict before they erupt into litigation. If an employment law dispute arises, however, he will work with the individual or business to resolve it.

Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution

With over 20 years' experience in Texas court rooms, Chris McDowell stands ready to do what fewer and fewer lawyers seem to want to do—try to your case to a Texas jury, whether you are a plaintiff or a defendant. If your dispute will be tried, you need someone who has been there before.

Increasingly, business and other civil disputes are being resolved through representative negotiation and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) means such as arbitration, mediation, and collaborative law. ADR may offer parties greater flexibility and creativity in privately reaching resolution of a dispute. McDowell Law assists business and individual clients in the resolution of their disputes whether privately or in the court room.

McDowell Law PLLC invites you to learn more about attorney Chris McDowell, why clients choose McDowell Law, and to contact the firm to schedule a consultation to discuss your legal concerns.