Drought, Drought & Bobbitt, L.L.P.

Drought, Drought & Bobbitt LLP, established in 1881, is one of San Antonio's oldest, most respected law firms. It provides the highest quality legal services to both individual and business clients.

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Firm Overview

The firm's practice consists both of litigation and transactional business law, giving the firm a well-rounded capability to represent clients in virtually all personal and business matters.
Main Office

Main Office
2900 Weston Centre
112 East Pecan
San Antonio  TX  78205

Phone
  • 210-225-4031
Fax
  • 210-222-0586
Commercial Real Estate
Drought, Drought & Bobbitt handles nearly any real estate deal you can imagine, and we do it to maximize the satisfaction of our clients. We regularly undertake matters related to litigation, acquisition, development, management, and leasing.
We advise our real estate clients on real estate litigation, financing, due diligence, and closing a wide variety of real estate matters. In addition to the legal aspects of a real estate deal, we advise and add value to our client's bottom line regarding negotiating tactics, strategy, and project management. Our breadth of knowledge in real estate matters and the needs of our clients allows us to provide tailored solutions to each client's specific circumstances.

We have represented and advised investors, developers, and agents concerning all manner of real estate issues. The attorneys at Drought, Drought & Bobbitt have extensive knowledge in real estate law and handle all phases of real estate development.

Our attorneys have represented developers, owners, investors, landlords and tenants, and institutions in all types of matters involving real estate assets. Our lawyers have extensive experience in acquisitions and dispositions, and financing related to real estate, entity selection, environmental compliance, and land use and zoning regulations.

Drought, Drought & Bobbitt also represents both parties engaged in disputes involving real estate, fraud, and alleged breaches of fiduciary duties. We have litigated or settled many types of real estate matters, including causes of action for rescission of contract, breach of contract, deceptive trade practices, real estate title disputes, and adverse possession just to name a few.
Estate Planning
Probate and Trust issues arise in, and from, a variety of circumstances. The issues are certainly specialized, which is why the Texas legislature has created specific codes to deal with each.
At Drought, Drought & Bobbitt, we are accustomed to handling complex matters arising in the probate court system, and have successfully litigated these matters.

We have handled matters in the probate courts for many years. The probate and trust issues our clients face are often complicated and typically quite sensitive matters involving close family members or formerly trusted representatives. Below are just a few of the more recent reported appellate court decisions involving our attorneys and that demonstrate our work in the area of trust and probate law.

Trust / Probate:
Vela v. GRC Land Holdings, Ltd., 383 S.W.3d 248 (Tex. App. San Antonio 2012, no pet.)
In re Estate of Denman, 270 S.W.3d 639 (Tex. App. San Antonio 2008, pet. denied)
In re Mask, 198 S.W.3d 231 (Tex. App. San Antonio 2006)
Qualia v. Qualia, 37 S.W.3d 128 (Tex. App. San Antonio 2001, no pet.)
In re Estate of Wallace, No. 04-05-00567-CV, 2006 WL 3611277 (Tex. App. San Antonio, Dec. 13, 2006)
Probate
Probate and Trust issues arise in, and from, a variety of circumstances. The issues are certainly specialized, which is why the Texas legislature has created specific codes to deal with each
At Drought, Drought & Bobbitt, we are accustomed to handling complex matters arising in the probate court system, and have successfully litigated these matters.

We have handled matters in the probate courts for many years. The probate and trust issues our clients face are often complicated and typically quite sensitive matters involving close family members or formerly trusted representatives. Below are just a few of the more recent reported appellate court decisions involving our attorneys and that demonstrate our work in the area of trust and probate law.

Trust / Probate:
Vela v. GRC Land Holdings, Ltd., 383 S.W.3d 248 (Tex. App. San Antonio 2012, no pet.)
In re Estate of Denman, 270 S.W.3d 639 (Tex. App. San Antonio 2008, pet. denied)
In re Mask, 198 S.W.3d 231 (Tex. App. San Antonio 2006)
Qualia v. Qualia, 37 S.W.3d 128 (Tex. App. San Antonio 2001, no pet.)
In re Estate of Wallace, No. 04-05-00567-CV, 2006 WL 3611277 (Tex. App. San Antonio, Dec. 13, 2006)
Real Estate
Drought, Drought & Bobbitt handles nearly any real estate deal you can imagine, and we do it to maximize the satisfaction of our clients. We regularly undertake matters related to litigation, acquisition, development, management, and leasing.
We advise our real estate clients on litigation, financing, due diligence, and closing a wide variety of real estate matters. In addition to the legal aspects of a real estate deal, we advise and add value to our client's bottom line regarding negotiating tactics, strategy, and project management. Our breadth of knowledge in real estate transactions and the needs of our clients allows us to provide tailored solutions to each client's specific circumstances.

We have represented and advised investors, developers, and agents concerning all manner of real estate issues. The attorneys at Drought, Drought & Bobbitt have extensive knowledge in real estate law and handle all phases of real estate development.

Our attorneys have represented developers, owners, investors, landlords and tenants, and institutions in all types of matters involving real estate assets. Our lawyers have extensive experience in real estate litigation, acquisitions and dispositions, and financing related to real estate, entity selection, environmental compliance, and land use and zoning regulations.

Drought, Drought & Bobbitt also represents both parties engaged in disputes involving real estate, fraud, and alleged breaches of fiduciary duties. We have litigated or settled many types of real estate matters, including causes of action for rescission of contract, breach of contract, deceptive trade practices, real estate title disputes, and adverse possession just to name a few.

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

Success, expertise and experience are three traits you should look for in a well-qualified attorney. With all three, you can be assured you have retained exceptional legal representation. Drought, Drought & Bobbitt, LLP, one of San Antonio's oldest and most respected law firms, offers those traits and more. We strive to provide the highest-quality legal services to both individuals and business clients.

Since our formation in 1881, we have been leaders in oil, gas and mineral law, business litigation and formation, estate planning and probate, real estate, trust, contracts, secured transactions, negotiable instruments, banking and financial institutions, insurance, bankruptcy and collections. Our attorneys successes are demonstrated in part by their recognition within the industry. Please browse each attorney's biography to learn more.

We have represented some of our clients for generations, a testament to our success and the strong relationships we foster. Drought, Drought & Bobbitt's relatively small size allows us to maintain the individualized service and attention to each client's matter, which is seldom found in today's legal environment. Also, our state-of-the-art technological support and research capabilities enable us to successfully address the most challenging legal matters.

What experience or education distinguishes your lawyers from others

The attorneys at Drought, Drought & Bobbitt have immense experience. While this claim is easy to make, we are also pleased to demonstrate it. When you are involved in litigation or potential litigation, you need to know that your attorneys are successful, experienced, and have the expertise it takes to handle your issues. These are, or should be, on top of your want list for lawyer attributes.

Again, experience forms one leg of the three critical attributes of a great lawyer. One way to demonstrate experience is by a review of actual cases that the attorney has handled. Sometimes, you can complete such a review by looking at his or her public record. Our attorneys have handled many reported appellate decisions through the trial courts and in various Courts of Appeals. For each of those cases, there are many more that were resolved through trial but were not appealed or that were settled.

Our litigators handle serious matters and do so with close attention to you and your case.

The attorneys at Drought, Drought & Bobbitt have successfully navigated appeals in the United States Supreme Court, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, numerous Texas, California and North Dakota Courts of Appeal and the Texas Supreme Court. Often, the cases we handle are very serious, contentious matters that begin during the trial court litigation and last throughout the appellate process. Through our years of litigation and appellate experience, we have gained the expertise to offer our clients the highest-quality legal services.

James Carter

James Carter is a partner with Drought, Drought & Bobbitt, LLP, one of San Antonio's oldest and most respected law firms. He practices law in the areas of real estate, oil and gas, probate and trust litigation in both state and federal courts. A native of San Antonio, Mr. Carter is known as a strong trial attorney with expertise in complex commercial and real estate litigation and has a proven track record in negotiating and closing high value, multi-faceted business transactions.
He has successfully presented numerous cases to juries involving fraud, negligence, royalty disagreements, adverse possession, probate and trust disputes, and breach of contract.
In addition to his successful trial experience, Mr. Carter handles all facets of real estate law, including representing defendants in demanding lawsuits related to Eagle Ford Shale title and royalty rights.
Complementing his litigation experience, Mr. Carter is known as an attorney who is compassionate and committed to his clients, being well-prepared and bringing high ethical standards to each case.

Honors and Recognition

Received highest possible "Preeminent" rating by judges and peers based on legal knowledge, analytical capabilities, judgment, communication and legal experience using industry rating system (Martindale-Hubbell).
Consistently receives highest possible client review ratings based on communication, responsiveness, value and quality of legal representation using industry rating system (Martindale-Hubbell).
Selected "Best Lawyer" by San Antonio Magazine in 2010, 2011 & 2012 and "Rising Star" in 2009.
Selected "Rising Star" by Texas Monthly Magazine in 2012.

Recent Media and Publications

Shale boom puts mineral rights under spotlight, San Antonio Express News (June 2, 2014, Business Section)
Texas Landowner Notes Prescribed Land Burns, Bandera County Courier (May 1, 2014, Farm & Ranch Section)
Amid shale boom, law is evolving, San Antonio Express News (March 30, 2014, Eagle Ford & Energy Section)
Eagle Ford Land Notes, Frio-Nueces Current News (March 27, 2014, Oil & Gas Section)
Three questions for attorney James Carter on legal matters in Eagle Ford Shale, S.A. Business Journal (Feb. 20, 2014, Eagle Ford Shale Insight section)
Landowners, pipeline firms can be at odds over projects, San Antonio Business Journal (Feb. 14, 2014, cover story)
Disclosing Taxpayer Information: A Guide for the Wary Accountant (November 2013, paper presented to various accounting firms)
License
  • Bar Number: 24006333
    Texas , 1998
Education
  • Texas Tech University
    Bachelor's , 1995
    Summa Cum Laude and with highest honors from University Honors Program
  • Baylor University School of Law
    J.D. , 1998
    Concentration in Civil Litigation
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