Larry Vincent

Larry Vincent has been appearing in courtrooms for over 30 years, with experience covering a wide range of matters at every level of state and federal courts. He has represented plaintiffs and defendants, both in trial and on appeal, litigating complex commercial cases, securities and antitrust class actions, mass tort matters, and both eminent domain and inverse condemnation cases.

Larry’s experience has landed him as the shepherd for particularly difficult cases. In 2017, he was appointed Co-Lead Counsel by the Chief Judge of the Federal Court of Claims in the Master Upstream Docket for the inverse condemnation cases filed after Tropical Storm Harvey flooded Houston. After a long period of intense discovery and motions practice, Lead Counsel successfully tried thirteen test cases after which the Court found the United States liable for a taking of the test plaintiffs’ properties. With over 10,000 potential claimants, the case ranks as one of the most significant inverse condemnation actions ever won against the United States. The Court is now considering a request the case be certified as a class action so that all victims of the government’s actions may recover for the property they lost when they were flooded.

In another inverse condemnation action, Larry is currently representing hundreds of landowners in Chambers, Jefferson, and Liberty counties whose properties flooded during Tropical Storms Harvey and Imelda, a consequence of the Texas Department of Transportation raising the elevation of Interstate Highway 10 and erecting an impermeable concrete traffic barrier which acted as a weir and retained hundreds of acre-feet of stormwater runoff north of the highway.

A Texas native, Larry received a B.B.A. in Economics from Baylor University in 1984. From there, he earned his J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, where he served as the Managing Editor of the Texas Law Review, was elected to the Order of the Coif, and played on the Legal Eagles. Upon graduating with Honors in 1987, Larry had the privilege of clerking for the Honorable Anthony M. Kennedy, both on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.


University of Texas School of Law (J.D. with honors, 1987)
   Managing Editor, Volume 65, Texas Law Review
   Order of the Coif
   Author, Outstanding Federal Practice and Procedure Note, Defining “Doing Business” to Determine Corporate Venue, 65 Texas L. Rev. 153 (1986)

Baylor University (B.B.A. in Economics, 1984)
   President, Alpha Kappa Psi, 1984
   Beta Gamma Sigma, 1984
   Baylor's Outstanding Senior Men for 1984

Port Neches-Groves High School, Port Neches, Texas (1980)
Clerk: Hon. Anthony M. Kennedy, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit & United States Supreme Court
Keeton Fellow, University of Texas School of Law
Life Fellow, Dallas Bar Foundation

Admissions & Honors

Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers (2024)
Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyers (2024)
Recognized for a Top 100 Verdict in the nation by the National Law Journal (2022)
United States Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
United States Court of Federal Claims
Northern District of Texas
Eastern District of Texas
Southern District of Texas
Western District of Texas


Representative Cases

Devillier v. Texas, No. 3:20-cv-00223 (S.D. Tex. July 30, 2021) (inverse condemnation action based on flooding caused by Texas Department of Transportation work on Interstate Highway 10); 2021 WL 3889487 (Magistrate Judge’s Memorandum and Recommendation denying State’s motion for judgment on the pleadings); 2021 WL 3885079 (District Judge’s adoption of M&R).

In re Upstream Addicks and Barker (Texas) Flood Control Reservoirs, 146 Fed. Cl. 219 (2019) (inverse condemnation finding United States liable for taking of permanent flowage easement); 148 Fed. Cl. 274 (2020) (subsequent opinion defining parameters of permanent flowage easement taken and setting the date of take).

WEH-SLMP Investments, LLC v. Wrangler Energy, LLC, No. 05-19-00271-CV, 2020 WL 994697 (Tex. App.—Dallas Mar. 2, 2020) (reversing and remanding case with direction to render judgment in accordance with arbitration award in favor of Burns Charest clients).

Athas Health, LLC v. Giuffre, No. 3:17-cv-300, 2018 WL 1026271 (N.D. Tex. Feb. 23, 2018) (granting motion to dismiss action and compel arbitration).

Victory Medical Center, Houston v. CareFirst of Maryland, Inc., 707 Fed. App’x 808 (5th Cir. 2018) (affirming denied of attorney’s fees award in ERISA action).

Estate of MacDonald v. Reeder Road Saf-T-Loc, LLC, No. 05-16-00960-CV, 2017 WL 1427693 (Tex. App.—Dallas Apr. 19, 2017) (mandamus granted to reverse trial court order of arbitration).

Erica P. John Fund, Inc. v. Halliburton Co., 3:02-cv-01152-M (Jan. 27, 2012) (granting certification); aff’d, 718 F.3d 423 (5th Cir. 2013); vacated and remanded, 573 U.S. 258 (2014) (permitting challenge to proof of “price impact” to rebut fraud on the market presumption at class certification stage); Erica P. John Fund, Inc. v. Halliburton Co., 309 F.R.D. 251 (N.D. Tex. 2015) (granting class certification again).

Archdiocese of Milwaukee Supporting Fund, Inc. v. Halliburton Co., 2008 WL 4791492 (N.D. Tex. Nov. 4, 2008) (denial of class certification for failure to prove loss causation), aff’d, 597 F.3d 330 (5th Cir. 2010), vacated and remanded sub nom, Erica P. John Fund, Inc. v. Halliburton Co., 563 U.S. 804 (2011) (removing requirement that federal securities class action plaintiffs must demonstrate loss causation at class certification stage).

Dallas County v. Crestview Corners Car Wash, 370 S.W.3d 25 (Tex. App.—Dallas 2012, pet denied) (representation of landowner in eminent domain action involving challenges to expert testimony and standard for damages awarded for county’s partial taking of commercial property to widen street).

Wilbert Family Ltd. P'ship v. DART, 371 S.W.3d 506 (Tex. App.—Dallas 2012, pet. dism’d) (representation of landowner in eminent domain action against public transit authority regarding vested right to rail service accorded by federal statutory and state property law).

In re Fossil, Inc., 713 F. Supp. 2d 644 (N.D. Tex. 2010) (representation of defendant corporation against derivative action alleging securities violations, breach of fiduciary duties, and other causes of action arising from alleged improperly backdated stock option grants).

State v. Cent. Expressway Sign Assocs., 302 S.W.3d 866 (Tex. 2009) (representation of landowner in seminal eminent domain action involving valuation standards applicable to signboard leaseholds).

Barker v. Lescroart, 2007 Tex. App. LEXIS 1062 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist]) (affirming special appearance dismissal of action).

Wyndham Int'l, Inc. v. Ace Am. Ins. Co., 186 S.W.3d 682 (Tex. App.—Dallas 2006, no pet.) (representation of insurer against claims by hotel chain seeking damages for business income loss alleged to be the result of the September 11, 2001, airline hijackings and terrorist attacks). 

Fresnel Techs., Inc. v. Rokonet Indus. USA, Inc., 2003 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 17872 (N.D. Tex.) (representation of patent holder in multiple actions, including Rokonet in which summary judgment finding patent valid was granted, summary judgment defenses were denied, and obtaining permanent injunction, compensatory damages, treble damages, and attorney’s fees at trial).

U.S. Rest. Props. Operating L.P. v. Burger King Corp., 2003 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 10179 (N.D. Tex.) (representation of fast-food chain in action by partnership to collect remodeling costs to franchise).

Horton v. City of Houston, 179 F.3d 188 (5th Cir. 1999), aff’d after remand 89 Fed. Appx. 903 (representation of city access cable channel in First Amendment challenge to content-neutral fee requirement; fee upheld as constitutional).

American Airlines, Inc. v. DOT, 202 F.3d 788 (5th Cir. 2000); In re City of Dallas, 977 S.W.2d 798 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth 1998, orig. proceeding) (representation of Continental Airlines in multi-case, multi-venue litigation over validity of the Shelby Amendment passed by Congress to open Dallas Love Field airport to flights other than to neighboring states).

United States v. O'Quinn, 913 F.2d 221 (5th Cir. 1990) (representation at trial and on appeal of attorney convicted of contempt of court; conviction reversed).