Advocacy Matters, LLC

Contact: Gwendolyn Lacy

Phone: (610) 268-5507

E-Mail: gwen@advocacymatters.net

Website: www.advocacymatters.net

Professional services:

Advocacy Matters, LLC works with private landowners, regional, local, and national land conservancies, as well as governmental agencies, social, educational, and environmental organizations to actively preserve those special places where life-long memories are created and legacies are forged. Conservation is a value-added resource in any community. Open space, trails, natural resources, and working ranch & agricultural lands are vital to our personal stories, and to our community’s health and well-being.

Conservation of our natural resources, advocating for clients’ rights, lobbying for smart legislation, capacity building for non-profits, and mediating to resolve disputes and retain core relationships is truly a vocation for Gwen. Concentrating her practice on important quality of life issues and assisting clients in creating a legacy for future generations is both her passion and her purpose.

Gwen knows first-hand that the land and the people who inhabit our ever-growing sub-rural communities need an experienced representative to advocate for their interests at every level of the process.

Practice area highlights:

  • Donation of a Conservation Easement or Trail Easement
  • Outright Donation of Land
  • Hybrid-Donation and Sale of Conservation Easement/Trail Easement/ Sale of Land
  • Reserved Life Estate
  • Donating Land or Conservation Easement by Will
  • Succession Planning (Wills, Trusts, Beneficiary designations, etc.)
  • Historic Preservation
  • Eminent Domain
  • Real Estate
  • Lobbying
  • Mediation
  • Non-Profit organization legal services (Entity Formation, Nonprofit board governance, Planning, Legal Guidance, etc.)

Credentials:

Admitted to practice law in: Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, and Texas

Education

Delaware Law School Doctor of Jurisprudence (2000)
University of California Santa Cruz, Graduate Degree Education (1989)
University of the California Santa Barbara, Bachelor of Arts English Literature and Creative Writing (1985)
School for International Training, studied abroad in Oxford England (1984)

Experience

Land Trust Alliance Professional Affiliate
Mainline Today, named Woman on the Move, 2017.
London Britain Zoning Hearing Board, 2012-2018.
Founding Executive Director and In-House Counsel, The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County, 2004-2018.
Delaware Nature Society, Conservation Committee Board Member, 2001-2010.
Alternative Dispute Resolution Revision Committee Member, 2004.
Lived, studied, traveled, and/or worked on six continents.

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Bennett LLP- Attorneys at Law

Contact: Brandon Bennett

Phone: (512) 965-7546

E-Mail: brandon@bennettllp.com

Website: www.bennettllp.com

Professional services:

We assist individuals, families, organizations, and businesses structure their activities and land ownership to protect their assets, facilitate inter-generational transitions, implement effective governance practices, and tailor equity ownership arrangements.

Practice area highlights:

• Entity selection and formation for individual and family-owned businesses and farm and ranch and properties

• Asset protection structuring, including in connection with farm and ranch properties

• Limitation of liability structuring and practices, including land-use arrangements and lease agreements

• LLC Company Agreements and Partnership Agreements

• Inter-generational transitions of family businesses and farm and ranch properties

• Entity and organization governance arrangements and practices

Credentials:

Brandon is a partner in BENNETT LLP, a law firm based in Bastrop, Texas with a practice emphasis on structuring matters. Prior to founding BENNETT LLP in 2006, Brandon was Counsel at the international law firm, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, where he practiced in Austin and Houston, Texas; Moscow, Russia; and London, England.

Brandon earned his J.D. with High Honors in 1999 from The University of Texas School of Law, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif.

Prior to law school, Brandon worked for the U.S. National Park Service in the Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the Klamath National Forest, California.

Brandon and his family own and operate ranch properties in Texas focused on restoration of native pastures, wildlife and habitat conservation, and the preservation of the American Bashkir Curly Horse, a rare breed of horse discovered among the wild Mustang herds of the West.

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Uhl, Fitzsimons, Jewett, Burton & Wolff, PLLC

Contact: Joseph Fitzsimons

Phone: 210.829.1660

E-Mail: jfitzsimons@ufjblaw.com

Website: www.ufjblaw.com

Professional Services:

Our goal is to help our clients manage what they own, identify new opportunities, facilitate acquisition and development, and realize their investment in it. At Uhl, Fitzsimons, Jewett & Burton, PLLC we have the knowledge, experience and resources to handle the spectrum of complex legal issues facing property owners in Texas.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Oil, Gas and Mineral Law
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Farm & Ranch Law
  • Conservation Easements
  • Water & Wind Law
  • Uranium Mining

With nine lawyers, UFJ&B offers its clients the individual attention of a small firm, with the ability to handle complex transactions. More information on each attorney can be found on our website.

Our firm is based in San Antonio and, while our practice carries us to all corners of Texas, our focus is South Texas.

We have served as lead counsel, co-counsel, local counsel, and as a referral for clients seeking representation from Laredo to Corpus Christi to the Rio Grande Valley and all points in between. We have obtained substantial verdicts and settlements in South Texas and have also successfully defended some of the state’s largest land and mineral owners. In addition, our attorneys quite frequently serve as local counsel to out of state attorneys in real estate and commercial transactions involving Texas law.

Credentials:

Please visit our website for a full listing of our attorneys, their current areas of practice and expertise, clients, educational background and professional associations.

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Thomas R. Kelsey Attorney at Law

Contact: Thomas R. Kelsey

Phone: (713) 410-6356

E-Mail: tkelsey@tkelseylaw.com

Website: www.tkelseylaw.com

Professional services:

Conservation easements and general real estate advice

Areas of expertise:

Conservation easements and general real estate work

Credentials:

Washington and Lee BA 1966, University of Texas Law School 1971, on advisory boards of Katy Prairie Conservancy and Houston Board of Nature Conservancy, appointed by Governor to Texas Farm and Ranch Land Conservation Council

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Law Office of Burgess Jackson

Contact: Burgess Jackson

Phone: (512) 699-9012

E-Mail: burgess@conservationlaw.net

Professional services:

Representation of nonprofits and public agencies in conservation transactions, general real estate, and organizational management.

Discount for members of the Texas Land Trust Council.

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James D. Bradbury, PLLC

Contact:  James D. Bradbury

Phone: (512) 953-5801

E-Mail: jim@bradburycounsel.com

Website: www.bradburycounsel.com

Professional services:

Mr. Bradbury has practiced law for more than 20 years representing clients in litigation of all types. Jim’s practice is focused on land, environmental, agriculture, water, and regulatory matters, including conservation easements and eminent domain issues.

Areas of expertise:

Water, Wetland Mitigation and Banking, Water Quality , Land Use, Environmental and Impacts to Real Property from Oil and Gas Production.

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Braun & Gresham, PLLC

Contact: David Braun

Phone: 512-894-5426

E-Mail: dbraun@braungresham.com

Website: www.braungresham.com

Professional services:

David Braun is a land conservation attorney focused on helping clients create and protect value in environmentally sensitive land. Braun & Gresham, PLLC, uses various approaches in real estate, tax and regulatory law to bring incentives to clients who wish to protect their land.

Areas of expertise:

– Buying and selling rural land

– Securing conservation easements

– Sale of development rights

– Conservation development

– Fighting condemnation and takings

– Reducing property taxes

– Limiting landowner liabilities

– Benefitting from mitigation

– Working with land trusts

Visit our website at www.braungresham.com for more information

Client list:

Visit our website at www.braungresham.com for client testimonials and more information.

Primary Customers:

David’s clients form a broad cross-section, from new rural landowners and heritage ranching families, to corporations and conservation developers. Visit our website at www.braungresham.com for client testimonials and more information.

Credentials:

– Braun & Gresham, PLLC (formerly Braun & Associates), a law firm representing owners of rural land

– Certified Texas Senior Property Tax Consultant (TDLR License 10929559)

– Co-Founder, CEO of Plateau Land & Wildlife Management

– Texas State Director and International Vice President, The Nature Conservancy (1988-1995)

– Staff Attorney, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (1987-1988)

– Doctor of Jurisprudence, The University of Texas School of Law 1987)

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Armstrong Law

Contact: Susan Armstrong

Phone: (512) 277-5454

Email: susan@law-armstrong.com

Website: www.law-armstrong.com

Professional services: Armstrong Law serves land trusts and rural landowners throughout Texas in conservation transactions. Armstrong Law also provides estate planning for landowners.

Areas of expertise: Conservation Easements

Credentials: 

Experience:

– Executive Director, Texas Land Trust Council

– Executive Director, Connemara Conservancy Foundation

– Adjunct Faculty, University of Texas at Austin teaching “Tools for Open Space Conservation”

– Environmental Attorney, Fulbright & Jaworski, LLP

– Environmental Attorney, Attorney General of Texas

– Executive Office of the President, Council on Environmental Quality, Washington DC – Legal Internship

– Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Washington, DC – Legal Internship

Education:

– JD from Tulane Law School, emphasis on Environmental Law

– BA from University of Texas – Environmental Resource Management

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