Randle Law Office Ltd., L.L.P.

Randle Law Office Ltd., L.L.P.

Exceeding client expectations through exceptional results.

Firm Overview

The Randle Law Office Ltd., L.L.P. has over 25 years of experience assisting clients throughout the Houston, Texas area in a broad range of real estate law, government and municipal law, business law, and banking matters. We represent local government entities, commercial landlords and property managers, and small to mid-sized businesses throughout Harris, Fort Bend, Chambers, Brazoria, Austin, and Montgomery Counties. For more information, please see the real estate and government representation and litigation pages.

Our vision is to become the source for creative and practical solutions to challenging legal issues. We are dedicated to providing our clients with responsive, personalized services that will result in a final product that meets their needs. As a testament to our reputation among professional peers, firm President J. Grady Randle has earned the prestigious "AV" peer rating from Martindale-Hubbell, signifying the highest level of legal and ethical abilities.

In addition to our strong commitment to each client, we are also devoted to the local legal community, and frequently lecture on a wide variety of issues including landlord-tenant law, employment law, insolvency, multi-party litigation, plat and subdivision law, and how best to serve on the board of directors of various corporations and charitable organizations.

To find out how our team of experienced attorneys can assist you or your organization, contact the Randle Law Office Ltd., L.L.P.today.
Main Office
Main Office
820 Gessner, Suite 1570, Memorial City Plaza II
Houston  TX  77024
Phone
  • 281-657-2000
Websites
Real Estate
At the Randle Law Office Ltd., L.L.P., we have over 39 years of collective experience assisting commercial developers, commercial landlords, and small to mid-sized businesses throughout the Houston, Texas, area.
A representative sample of our past and present clientele includes Hines Interests, Transwestern, Century Development, Granite Properties, and Poseidon Partners.

Our attorneys have significant experience representing government entities such as zoning and planning commissions, and regularly work with those entities with respect to land development issues. This wealth of municipal law experience allows us to better represent our private sector clients successfully and efficiently achieve their development goals.

We assist clients in connection with:

Drafting and Negotiating Land Purchase Contracts
Drafting and Negotiating Commercial Building Purchase Contracts
Large Commercial Land Development
Plats and Subdivisions
Land Use and Zoning
Construction
Oil and Gas Contracts
Title Disputes
Drafting and Negotiating Leases
Landlord Representation/Commercial Landlord-Tenant Disputes
Representation of Home Owners Associations
Condemnation/Eminent Domain
Foreclosures
Litigation in State and Federal Court
We also assist our real estate clients with a variety of other business matters, including equipment leasing and purchases, loans and other financing, and entity formation. To find out how our team of experienced attorneys can assist you or your organization, contact the Randle Law Office Ltd., L.L.P. today.

J. Grady Randle

President

Texas native J. Grady Randle concentrates his practice in the areas of real estate and municipal law in Houston and the surrounding counties. Mr. Randle handles a wide variety of real estate transactional and litigation matters, including oil and gas contracts, large commercial land and building purchases, and commercial landlord-tenant issues. His private-sector clients include numerous developers and property management companies.

Mr. Randle also represents government entities and local municipalities in litigation, regulation, land development, zoning, land use, and other matters, and serves as a city attorney for four municipalities. In addition, Mr. Randle has a wealth of experience in the areas of business formation and litigation-related commercial contracts, business torts, construction, landlord-tenant law, trademarks, copyrights, wills, and probate.

Mr. Randle has earned the prestigious "AV" peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell, signifying the highest ethical standards and legal ability. He frequently lectures for the State Bar of Texas and at other seminars.

Education

-Juris Doctorate, Baylor University, 1983
-Bachelor of Business Administration, Baylor University, 1980

Admissions

-Texas, 1983
-Colorado, 1995
-U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
-U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
-U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
-U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
-U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
-U.S. Supreme Court

Memberships

-State Bar of Texas
-Houston Bar Association

Publications and Lectures

-"Texas Landlord and Tenant Law," State Bar of Texas
-"Dealing with Insolvency," State Bar of Texas
-"Multiple Party Litigation," State Bar of Texas
-"Terminating Employees," Building Owners and Managers Association
-"Employee v. Independent Contractor & the IRS," Building Owners and Managers Association
-"Plat and Subdivision Law," Lorman Education Services

Special Agencies

-Texas Municipal League

Reported Cases

-ITT Diversified Credit Corp. v. First City Capital Corp., 717 S.W.2d 419 (Tex. App.Houston [14th Dist.] 1986), rev'd, 737 S.W.2d 803 (Tex. 1987).
-ITT Diversified Credit Corp. v. First City Capital Corp., 737 S.W.2d 803 (Tex. 1987).
-Design Ctr. Venture v. Overseas Multi-Projects Corp., (Tex. App.Houston [1st Dist.] 1988, writ denied).
-Greenwood v. Tillamook Country Smoker, Inc., 857 S.W.2d 654 (Tex. App.Houston [1st Dist.] 1993, no writ).
-Baytown Sun v. City of Mont Belvieu, 145 S.W.3d 268 (Tex. App.Houston [14th Dist.] 2004, no pet.).
-City of Mo. City v. State ex. rel. City of Alvin, 123 S.W.3d 606 (Tex. App.-Houston [14th Dist.] 2004, pet. denied).
-City of Mont Belvieu v. Enter. Prods. Operating, L.P., 222 S.W.3d 515 (Tex. App.Houston [14th Dist.] 2007, no pet.).
-City of Cresson v. City of Granbury, 245 S.W.3d 61 (Tex. App.Fort Worth 2008, pet. denied).
-In re City of Cresson, 245 S.W.3d 72 (Tex. App.Fort Worth 2008, pet. denied).
-Hartford Fire Ins. Co. v. City of Mont Belvieu, 611 F.3d 289 (5th Cir. 2010).
-Signad, Ltd. v. City of Mont Belvieu, No. 01-09-01095-CV, 2010 Tex. App. LEXIS 6120 (Tex. App.Houston [1st Dist.] July 29, 2010, no pet. h.).
-Cernosek Enters. v. City of Mont Belvieu, 338 S.W.3d 655 (Tex. App.Houston [1st Dist.] 2011, no pet. h.).-
Education
  • Baylor University
    J.D.

Christopher L. Nichols

Christopher L. Nichols is a native Texan born in Texarkana and raised in northeast Texas. Mr. Nichols began his formal education at Baylor University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Argumentation and Rhetoric.

He continued his post-graduate education at Texas Tech University School of Law where he earned his Juris Doctorate in December 2001. Mr. Nichols joined the Randle Law Office in March 2007 after spending almost five years litigating highly complex product liability cases in state and federal courts nationwide. Mr. Nichols came to the Firm with extensive litigation and advocacy experience which culminated in a successful appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court who affirmed an $11.5 million dollar jury verdict against one of the country's then largest pharmaceutical companies.

Mr. Nichols enjoys a robust practice counseling local Texas municipalities through the ever changing nuances of municipal, regulatory and administrative law. He balances his municipal practice with other litigation matters in state and federal court, concentrating specifically in the areas of real estate litigation, homeowner and property owner associations, title and boundary disputes, landlord-tenant issues and state licensing and regulation.

He also handles business and commercial litigation matters, insurance and surety disputes and consumer protection issues. Because of his experience, Mr. Nichols has also become a resource to other organizations. Author and Lecturer: "Billboard and Sign Regulation: Recent Cases and Trends," Texas City Attorneys Association; "Texas Land Law for Civil Engineers and Land Surveyors," Half Moon LLC; "Current Issues in Sign Regulation," Scenic Texas, Texas Municipal League and Texas City Attorneys Association; and Contributor, Scenic Texas Legal Research Committee. Finally, Mr. Nichols also serves as special counsel to other local attorneys advising them on the interpretation and application of municipal law to other civil practice areas.

Practice Areas:

-General counsel to governmental entities
-Property title and boundary line disputes
-Property / homeowner association creation and board of director compliance
-Deed restriction and restrictive covenant creation, amendments and enforcement
-Wrongful foreclosure intervention and resolution
-Professional liability defense
-Litigate business contract and vendor disputes

Education

-Juris Doctorate, Texas Tech University, 2001
-Bachelor of Arts, Baylor University, 1996

Admissions

-Texas, 2002
-U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
-U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
-U.S. Supreme Court

Memberships

-State Bar of Texas
-Houston Bar Association
-Baylor University Alumni Association
-Texas Tech University Alumni Association

Publications and Presentations

-"Billboard and Sign Regulation: Recent Cases and Trends," Texas City Attorney's Association, June 2011

Reported Cases

-Warner-Lambert Co. v. Wakefield, 544 U.S. 1044 (2005).
-Hartford Fire Ins. Co. v. City of Mont Belvieu, 611 F.3d 289 (5th Cir. 2010).
-Cernosek Enters. v. City of Mont Belvieu, 338 S.W.3d 655 (Tex. App.Houston [1st Dist.] 2011, no pet. h.).
-Signad, Ltd. v. City of Mont Belvieu, No. 01-09-01095-CV, 2010 Tex. App. LEXIS 6120 (Tex. App.Houston [1st] July 29, 2010, no pet. h.).
Education
  • Texas Tech University
    J.D.

Timothy B. Kirwin

Associate

Mr. Kirwin, a native Houstonian, grew up in Katy, Texas.

After graduating Magna Cum Laude from the University of Dayton, Ohio, Mr. Kirwin returned to Texas and earned a Master's Degree in Public History from the University of Houston. Mr. Kirwin worked as Assistant Curator at the Houston Fire Museum where he preserved historical artifacts related to the history of fire service and educated the public on fire safety. Mr. Kirwin then worked as Archivist at Baylor College of Medicine where he chronicled the institutional history of the medical school.

In 2003, Mr. Kirwin entered the University of Houston Law Center and participated in the Mock Trial Team, a team he continues to assist with coaching today. While in law school, Mr. Kirwin clerked with the Department of Justice, United States Attorney's Office drafting criminal appellate briefs to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.

After graduating from the University of Houston Law Center, the City of Missouri City, Texas, hired Mr. Kirwin as Assistant City Attorney and Prosecutor. During his tenure at Missouri City, Mr. Kirwin provided legal advice to the City Council, Planning and Zoning Commission, Parks Board, and all department and divisions including Parks, Police, Public Works, Fire, Human Resources, Finance, Planning, Code Enforcement, Communications, City Secretary, and City Manager's office.

Since joining the Randle Law Office in April 2010 Mr. Kirwin has served as municipal prosecutor for the cities of Bellaire, Fulshear, Hunters Creek Village, Mont Belvieu, Spring Valley Village and Sugar Land. In July 2011 Mr. Kirwin was appointed Associate Municipal Court Judge for the City of Hedwig Village.

Practice Areas

-Texas Open Meetings Act, Public Information Act, Municipal Court records access, Rule 12 record
-Suing and defending governmental entities, immunity, pleas to the jurisdiction
-Development Agreements between municipality and land developer
-Subdivision regulations and Home Owners' Association regulations and enforcement
-Municipal Court

Memberships

-Garland Walker American Inn of Court
-Houston Bar Association

Professional Recognition

-"40 Under 40" award, Houston Business Journal, 2012

Publications

-Master's Thesis- "'It Was Like A Neglected Beauty': The Redevelopment of One Houston Neighborhood- Midtown," August 2001.
-Biography of "Katharine H.K. Hsu, M.D." Houston Review, A Publication of the University of Houston History Department, Fall 2004.

Certifications

-Texas City Attorneys Association, Merit Certification in Municipal Law
-Texas City Attorneys Association, Merit Certification in Municipal Court Prosecution

Catarina Gonzales Cron

Associate

Catarina Cron, a native Houstonian, joined the Randle Law Office, after working for 8 years in the Office of the Harris County Judge. Ms. Cron came to the Firm with a wealth of knowledge of public law and environmental law, including government and legislative relations, air and water quality issues, energy issues, flood control issues, land use, and state and federal rulemaking. Ms. Cron was previously the Committee Clerk and Counsel to the Texas House Committee on Local Government Ways and Means.

Ms. Cron is key to advising the Firm's clients in the area of environmental and land use law. She also balances her practice with business transactions, real estate law and commercial litigation.

Catarina takes pride in her past and present appointments, including a gubernatorial appointment to the Real Estate Research Advisory Committee, Harris County Commissioner's Court appointment to the Houston-Galveston Area Council (HGAC) Regional Air Quality Planning Committee and City of Houston appointment to the Greater East End Management District Board of Directors.

Due to Ms. Cron's vast experience in the environmental issue arena, she has lectured on "Environmental Issues" as adjunct faculty of Leadership Houston; "Update on Environmental Initiatives in Harris County" before the City of Houston's Annual Environmental Conference; "An Overview of the Coastal Impact Assistance Program" before the Galveston Bay Council; "Update on Environmental Issues in Harris County and Presentation on San Jacinto Waste Pits Superfund Site" before the East Harris County Manufacturer's Association Environmental Committee; "Climate Change" issues at Texas Southern University; and has appeared on the League of Women Voter's television show on her vision for Houston's future.

Ms. Cron is also a 2011 recipient of the Houston Business Journal "40 under 40" award, which recognizes up and coming leaders in their respective fields, and was a 2011 League of Women Voter's "Rising Star" award honoree.

Practice Areas

-Zoning: Special Use Permits, variance requests, rezonings, Planned Development Districts
-Municipal annexations
-Clean Air Act: compliance, control strategies, environmental enforcement
-Development Agreements between municipalities and developers
-Government relations and administrative law: representation before the Legislature, Executive Branch, governmental agencies, local governments and Congress, legislative and ordinance drafting
-Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) and Texas Religious Freedom and Restoration (TRFRA)
-Alcohol permit hearings

Education

-L.L.M., Energy, Environmental and Natural Resources Law. University of Houston Law Center, thesis pending
-Juris Doctorate, St. John's University School of Law, 2001
-Bachelor of Arts, Trinity College, 1997

Admissions

-New York, 2005
-Texas, 2004

Professional Recognition

-"40 Under 40" award, Houston Business Journal, 2011
-League of Women Voters Rising Star Award Honorees, 2011

Memberships

-Greater East End Management District Board of Directors
-Spay-Neutering Assistance Program Board of Directors
-Houston Junior Chamber of Commerce, Vice President of Membership
Education
  • University of Houston Law Center
    LL.M.
    thesis pending
  • St. John's University School of Law
    J.D.

Byron L. Brown

Associate

Byron Lee Brown graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2008. While in San Antonio, Mr. Brown interned with the Law Office of Ryan C. Moe, PLLC.

After graduating from the University of Texas at San Antonio, Mr. Brown moved to Houston, Texas, to attend the University of Houston Law Center, where he graduated in May 2012. Mr. Brown graduated in the top third of his class. While at the University of Houston Law Center, Mr. Brown was the Head Senior Articles Editor of the Houston Business and Tax Law Journal and served as Student Justice on the Honor Board.

In 2013, Mr. Brown joined the Randle Law Office.

Practice Areas

-Municipal economic development
-Municipal franchises
-Commercial lease litigation
-Small claims cases
-Property tax exemptions

Education

-Bachelor of Arts, University of Texas, San Antonio, 2008
-Juris Doctorate, University of Houston Law Center, 2012

Admissions

-Texas, 2012

Achievements

-Eagle Scout, 2002
Education
  • University of Houston Law Center
    J.D.
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