Dennis A. McQueen

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Dennis A. McQueen is a Shareholder of the Houston, Texas law firm of Pagel, Davis & Hill (“PDH”), a Professional Corporation.  His practice includes the representation of a variety of clients in business and real estate matters, including negotiation of agreements, resolution of disputes without necessity of litigation, and pursuit of litigation when necessary. His 30+ years of experience as a Texas licensed Real Estate Broker, and his personal experience in real estate development, construction, investments, and other real estate related ventures, gives him the ability to immediately grasp and understand a client’s real estate needs and goals. As a result, his clients enjoy the results they seek, without incurring unnecessary legal expenses. He has also acted as both the broker and attorney for clients in the purchase and sale of real estate, which results in his clients being able to complete the sales transaction without the necessity of a separate broker and attorney, thus saving monies by having only one knowledgeable and experienced person providing both services.

When Mr. McQueen’s clients ask him to assist in resolving disputes, his initial goal is to obtain a favorable outcome through negotiation, without necessity of a lawsuit. However, if the dispute cannot be resolved in a manner acceptable to his client, he has no fear of litigation. To date he has been the lead attorney on over 1,500 lawsuits, the majority of which were resolved short of actual trial, by settlement or pre-trial judgments. He has tried over 250 lawsuits, approximately 50 of which were jury trials, and the substantial majority of the lawsuits he has handled have been decided in his clients’ favor. One of the most important things Mr. McQueen has learned as a result of his trial experience is that the party which should win, in nearly every case, will win. As such, he makes it a point to give his client his honest opinion of the strengths and weaknesses of a case, before incurring a significant amount of legal fees. If the facts and law are not strongly in his client’s favor, he does his best to resolve the dispute short of trial, which results in his client saving time and expense. It is his belief that there is nothing to gain through the pursuit or defense of a lawsuit if the facts and law are not in the client’s favor, as the legal fees being paid by clients do not justify pursuing an expected unfavorable result to any of his clients. However, he also believes that if a client’s case is such that the client should prevail at trial, the client should pursue the claims as far as necessary to ensure a successful recovery.The types of services he provides clients include:

  • Real estate disputes and litigation
  • Real estate sales, for both sellers and buyers
  • Real estate leases, for both landlords and tenants
  • Eminent Domain/Condemnation proceedings – negotiations and litigation
  • Representation of owners before the Harris County Appraisal Review Board, including litigation challenging excessive tax values
  • Mechanic’s lien work for subcontractors and material suppliers, including litigation to enforce and foreclose on liens
  • Commercial collections
  • Construction related litigation
  • Perishable Agriculture Commodities Act (PACA) litigation
  • Representation of homeowners’ associations in enforcing deed restrictions and collecting past due assessments
  • Representation of individuals in disputes with their homeowners’ associations

Representative Matters

Examples of Real Estate transactions, including sales and leases:

  • Represented sellers and buyers in the sale/purchase of several industrial, warehouse, office, and unimproved properties.
  • Represented landlords and tenants in commercial lease negotiations.
  • Represented owners in refinancing of commercial properties.
  • Represented purchaser of $12 million ranch in South Texas.
  • Represented sellers and buyers in 1031 transactions.
  • Represented general contractor in the construction of several well-known restaurants in the Houston area.
  • Drafted restrictions and regulations for residential subdivisions, town home developments, residential condominium complexes, and office condominiums.
  • Numerous 1031 exchanges of commercial properties.
  • Exchange of entire city block in downtown Houston for another city block.

Examples of Real Estate Disputes and Litigation:

  • Obtained jury award for owner of warehouse/distribution facility in lawsuit against major tenant involving the interpretation of lease terms.
  • Successful resolution of condemnation actions, without trial, which resulted in clients receiving payments substantially higher than the initial offers by the condemning authorities.
  • Successful pursuit of numerous appraisal district valuation protests.
  • Successful resolution of partition action between joint tenants.
  • Assisted a client in the purchase of a Real Estate Note from the lending bank, then pursued collection after the borrower filed bankruptcy.
  • Assisted a client in the purchase of a Real Estate Note from the lending bank, then foreclosed on the property, resulting in my client obtaining ownership of an apartment complex.
  • Successfully defended a buyer’s claim for a refund of $25,000 in earnest money on a commercial sales contract, when the buyer failed to close on the purchase.
  • Successfully defended a tenant which breached its lease, resulting in an agreement for the payment to the landlord of only $37,500.00 on a claim for lost rents in excess of $350,000.00.

Examples of Commercial Litigation:

  • Successfully defended the sole owner of a produce company against an action for personal liability under the Trust provisions of the Perishable Agriculture Commodities Act (PACA), including prevailing on an appeal of the judgment to the 5th Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. The resulting judgment and affirmation by the Court of Appeals led to the Department of Agriculture changing the rules applicable to payment agreements under the PACA.
  • Obtained arbitration award in favor of a contractor, then proceeded to collect on the award by foreclosure of the owner’s real property, resulting in client receiving ownership of land and improvements.
  • Obtained a judgment against a steel fabrication company, then successfully pursued collection of the monies due.
  • Obtained a judgment following trial in favor of a network consulting company, then collected on that judgment.
  • Successful representation of several construction suppliers and subcontractors in simple to complex construction related lawsuits.

Examples of Commercial and Construction Collections:

  • Collected for a variety of commercial clients, including metal suppliers, third-party staffing companies, electricity providers, and others, through litigation, including prevailing on the appeals of several of the judgments in favor of clients
  • Collection for commercial landscaping clients which had previously been unsuccessful in collecting monies using other attorneys and collection agencies.
  • Collection for apartment supply companies, through mechanic’s lien filings and litigation.

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