Experience You Can Trust

From property rights to water law disputes, you want lawyers with successful first chair experience on cases like yours. At Brady & Hamilton, we’ve spent years building our reputation. With us in your corner, you can be confident a qualified representative is fighting for your best interests.

Zach Brady

Zach Brady, Partner

Zach practices primarily commercial litigation and agricultural law with a focus on real property litigation, including eminent domain, controversies related to nuisance law, and water rights. He has handled over 200 eminent domain cases in his career, and has an active Public Utility Commission practice. Further, he has first chaired complex jury trials and hotly contested administrative hearings and has successfully argued an appeal centering around Texas’ Right to Farm Act as lead counsel before the Texas Supreme Court. Zach holds the Pre-Eminent Rating of “A.V.” from Martindale-Hubbell, and was named a distinguished alumnus of the Texas Tech College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.

Zach founded ZS Brady & Co. in May, 2006. In 2013, Zach partnered with Brent Hamilton to form Brady & Hamilton, LLP. The firm’s attorneys focus on serving clients in agriculture, real estate, energy and related fields.

Zach has provided legal services to the Texas cotton industry since the beginning of his law practice. He has been active in boll weevil eradication efforts in Texas, first as a staffer to Sen. Robert Duncan from 1997-1999, and as an attorney for the Texas Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation since 1999. He has also represented the Texas Cotton Ginners Association and Plains Cotton Growers for many years.

In the water law arena, Brady developed statutory language, adopted by the Texas Legislature, that was later cited by the Texas Supreme Court in its Day decision, establishing landowner ownership of groundwater in place. Brady has also served on the board of the Brazos River Authority and is a member of the Lubbock Water Advisory Board.

Zach’s community service activities include his work as President of the Lubbock Independent School District Board of Trustees, member of the Texas FFA Association Board of Directors, and service on Senators Cornyn and Cruz's Federal Judicial Evaluation Committee. He is also a past chairman of the Texas Tech Chancellor’s Council, a past chairman of the City of Lubbock Advisory Committee on Oil and Gas Ordinances, a former director of the American Museum of Agriculture, and a former member of the Texas FFA Association Board of Directors.

Education:

  • • J.D., with honors, University of Texas (1999)
  • • B.S., magna cum laude, Texas Tech University (1995)

Professional Associations/Memberships:

  • • State Bar of Texas (Chair, Agricultural Law Committee)
  • • Lubbock County Bar Association
  • • Lubbock County Young Lawyers Association

Reported Cases:

  • • Holubec v. Brandenberger, et al., 111 S.W.3d 32 (Tex. 2003)
  • • Domingo v. Skidmore, 2011 WL 4478385 (Tex. App. – Amarillo, August 31, 2011)
  • • Wallace v. Kent County, 2013 WL 4531253 (Tex. App. – Amarillo, August 21, 2013)
Brent Hamilton

Brent Hamilton, Partner

Brent Hamilton received his BA in Petroleum Land Management from Texas Tech University, and returned there for law school after working in the oil and gas industry. Brent was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1996, and is licensed to practice in all Texas State Courts and the Federal Courts of Texas, Colorado and New Mexico. Brent has a general civil litigation and energy practice, which focuses on serving the needs of business and land owners. Brent has years of trial experience, and has successfully served as lead trial counsel in numerous cases which have been cited by the State and Federal Courts of Appeal and the Texas Supreme Court. Brent’s energy practice focuses on lease issues, royalty litigation, eminent domain, and wind energy transactions, representing both land owners and energy companies. Brent is a member of the Lubbock County Bar Association, Texas State Bar, American Board of Trial Advocates and American Bar Associations. He has served twice as President of the Hale County Bar Association, and has been appointed to serve on committees for the Seventh Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of Texas.

Education:

  • • J.D., Texas Tech University School of Law (1996)
  • • B.A., Petroleum Land Management, Texas Tech University (1993)

Professional Associations/Memberships:

  • • State Bar of Texas
  • • Lubbock County Bar Association
  • • American Board of Trial Advocates

Reported Cases:

  • • Occidental Permian, Ltd. v. French, 391 S.W.3d 215 (Tex. App. – Eastland, 2012, pet. granted)
  • • In re Estate of Catlin, 311 S.W.3d 697 (Tex. App. – Amarillo, 2010, pet. denied)
  • • Parker County’s Squaw Creek Downs, L.P. v. Watson, 2009 WL 885941 (Tex. App. – Fort Worth, April 2, 2009)
  • • Watson v. Tipton, 274 S.W.3d 791 (Tex. App. – Fort Worth, 2008, pet. denied)
  • • King v. Lawley, 2008 WL 3877691 (Tex. App. – Austin, August 22, 2008)
  • • Oneok Westex Transmission, L.P. v. Castor Oil, Inc., 2007 WL 547768 (Tex. App. – Amarillo, February 22, 2007)
  • • Dunnagan v. Watson, 204 S.W.3d 30 (Tex. App. – Fort Worth, 2006, pet. denied)
  • • City of Willow Park v. Squaw Creek Downs, L.P., 166 S.W.3d 336 (Tex. App. – Fort Worth, 2005, no pet.)
  • • Wafer v. State, 58 S.W.3d 138 (Tex. App. – Amarillo, 2001, no pet.)
  • • In re Trinity Meadows Raceway, Inc., 2007 WL 2713920 (Bankr. N.D. Tex., September 11, 2007)
Adam Bender

Adam Bender, Associate

"Adam Bender received his BA in Professional Studies from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in 2007 before completing his JD at the University of Tulsa in 2014. Prior to attending law school, Adam worked as an oil and gas land manager in Texas focusing primarily on clearing residential drilling sites. During law school, Adam served on the Energy Law Journal while also working as a licensed abstractor in Oklahoma. In addition, Adam began working for the U.S. Department of Energy in June 2014 serving as a member of the Office of General Counsel at Southwestern Power Administration handling property matters, employment litigation and energy development projects. In April 2015, Adam transitioned to the Division of Reliability Compliance and Transmission Policy to handle NERC and FERC related issues, specifically focusing on Order 693 compliance, as well as transmission policy topics for Southwestern. Adam is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association and Tulsa County Bar Association.

Education:

  • • J.D., with honors, University of Tulsa (2014)
  • • B.A., Professional Studies, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (2007)

Professional Associations/Memberships:

  • • Oklahoma Bar Association
  • • Lubbock County Bar Association
  • • Tulsa County Bar Association
Laura Pratt

Laura Pratt, Associate

Laura is an associate at Brady & Hamilton, LLP, practicing complex litigation and agricultural law with a focus on eminent domain. Before practicing law, she received her biochemistry degree from the University of Arkansas and her law degree from Texas Tech University School of Law.

Laura began her legal career at the City of Lubbock Attorney’s Office practicing both litigation and transactional law in many different areas, including environmental, oil and gas, water, civil service, and immigration law issues. She left this position for a two-year relocation overseas in the United Arab Emirates. Upon her return to Lubbock, Laura held the position of Executive Director for OneVoiceHome, a local nonprofit developing a safe home for girls who have been sexually-exploited or trafficked in the West Texas region.

Laura currently serves of the board of directors for the Lubbock Area Bar Association and OneVoiceHome. She is a fellow of the State Bar College and of the Texas Bar Foundation. She previously served as a Director for TYLA from 2013-2015 and was recently re-elected to join the board in 2019.

She is married to Joshua, and they have three children, Zach, Alex, and Tori.

John N. McClish, Of Counsel

John N. McClish focuses his practice on representing rural and urban landowners throughout Texas in eminent domain and condemnation proceedings, as well as matters involving property rights and vested rights. Mr. McClish is Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Civil Appellate Law and Civil Trial Law, and has a proven track record of success in civil trials, appeals, and administrative proceedings. As a testament to his reputation as a preeminent land use lawyer, Mr. McClish has been selected to Texas Super Lawyers, and is "AV" rated by Martindale-Hubbell, signifying the highest ethical standards and legal ability.

Mr. McClish is a Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation, as well as a member of the State Bar of Texas, the Travis County Bar Association, and the American Bar Association. He attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in 1971 and his Juris Doctorate in 1980. Mr. McClish was admitted to practice in Texas in 1980. He was born in Burnet, Texas.

SUE DOMINGUE WALL, Of Counsel

Sue Domingue Wall practices in the areas of eminent domain, condemnation, and property rights. Ms. Wall is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the Travis County Bar Association and the Travis County Women Lawyers Association. She earned her Bachelor of Business Administration from Sam Houston State University in 1982 and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Houston. She was admitted to practice in Texas in 1986. Ms. Wall was born in Port Arthur, Texas.

DAN FOSTER, Of Counsel

Dan Foster focuses his practice on representing individual and business landowners throughout the state of Texas in the areas of eminent domain and condemnation, including in government negotiations, administrative proceedings, and civil trials. Mr. Foster also represents clients in cases involving property rights, vested rights, real estate, and civil litigation. Mr. Foster is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the Travis County Bar Association, and the Real Estate Council of Austin. Mr. Foster attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in 1990 and his Juris Doctorate in 1999. He was admitted to practice in Texas in 1999. Mr. Foster grew up in Hughes Springs, Texas.