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Parks Brown and Joseph Fitzsimons presented the topic of “Loss of Agricultural Lands and Growing Role of Agricultural Land Trusts” at the 14th Annual John Huffaker Agricultural Law Course on May 27, 2021. Parks Brown presented on the topic of “Solar Leasing for Landowners” at the same seminar on May 28, 2021. The seminar will be hosted by the Texas Bar as a virtual webcast event. If you would like more information, or would like to register, click on the following link: http://www.TexasBarCLE.com/?a=AGRILAW.
May 13, 2021 Media Contact: TPWD News,  Business Hours, 512-389-8030 AUSTIN – San Pedro Ranch, located near Carrizo Springs, will be awarded the state’s highest honor for private land conservation, and a $10,000 award, at the Lone Star Steward Virtual Awards Banquet on May 27. Anyone can join the livestreamed banquet and can find more information on how to tune in, along with information on other award winners, on the Lone Star Land Steward page of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) website. The ranch is owned by siblings Joseph Fitzsimons and Pamela Fitzsimons Howard and their families. Their…
Robert Park will be speaking at the Boundaries and Easements seminar hosted by HalfMoon Education, Inc. on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at Hilton San Antonio Airport Hotel, 611 NW Loop 410 on the topic of Understanding Riparian and Water Rights. Robert will discuss the history and development of riparian rights, how land boundaries are determined near a water line, access rights to surface water and groundwater, and complying with regulations restricting access to and use of surface water and groundwater.
We are pleased to announce that Anson Howard has joined UFJB&W as an associate in the oil and gas department after completing three years in the Marine Corps as a JAG officer. Anson’s background in ranching will hold him in good stead as he focuses his practice on the needs of land and mineral owners. Welcome Anson!
Caroleene Dobson joins UFJB&W as an associate attorney in our real estate practice. Caroleene has practiced in the area of commercial real estate law since earning her J.D. from Baylor University (magna cum laude, 2012). With a background in ranching, Caroleene will handle farm and ranch transactions and conservation easements in addition to commercial real estate. We welcome Caroleene as a valuable addition to the firm.
Robert Park was quoted in an article written by Jennifer Hiller of the San Antonio Express-News titled “Oil field water spills a gray area for regulation” on June 10, 2016.  The article discusses a situation wherein a drilling company emptied the contents of a frac pond, and questionable fluids ran onto a neighboring rancher’s property, and the resulting ramifications, both environmentally and legally, the parties might face. For the complete article, click here.
Joseph Fitzsimons, along with sister Pamela Howard, will be recognized on May 19 by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department during their annual banquet, for their contribution to natural resource conservation and management.  Along with six other ranches, the San Pedro Ranch will receive this award because owners Fitzsimons and Howard have implemented several wildlife habitat management techniques to improve the native habitat.  For more information about the Land Steward Awards, and the San Pedro Ranch, you may read the full article posted on the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department site by clicking here.
Joseph B.C. Fitzsimons was interviewed for an article in March 2014 issue of The Cattleman on the topic of "Surface Use Agreements".  "A carefully drafted SUA can protect the surface owners' rights while allowing for exploration and drilling.  A well drafted SUA will add value to the surface estate and may provide for penalties against an oil company in cases of non-compliance," stated Fitzsimons.