Joe Regan and Adam Plumbley Boost Trial & Appellate Litigation Practice in Fort Worth


Jackson Walker is pleased to welcome Joseph P. Regan and Adam L. Plumbley as partners in the Fort Worth office. With backgrounds focused on energy and eminent domain, Joe and Adam expand the scope of our Chambers USA-ranked Trial & Appellate Litigation practice to handle eminent domain and real property disputes, primarily involving pipelines.

“We’re working hard to grow our Fort Worth office, and Joe and Adam will play an integral role in helping meet that goal,” said William R. Jenkins, managing partner and litigation chair of the Fort Worth office.

With energy ties dating back to 1907, Jackson Walker has a long-standing history of representing clients in high-stakes litigation for independent oil and gas operators, publicly traded companies, oilfield service companies, pipeline companies, royalty owners, and surface owners. Bridging the Firm’s experience in energy law with the robust practice of the condemnation and eminent domain group, Joe and Adam will partner in helping clients navigate the process of acquiring, developing, and constructing major natural resource projects.

“We are excited to welcome Joe and Adam to Jackson Walker, both of whom are outstanding eminent domain lawyers. They will broaden and strengthen the practice of our eminent domain group,” said Robert B. Neblett, Austin partner and chair of the Firm’s Condemnation & Eminent Domain practice. “Jackson Walker’s eminent domain group has one of the strongest practices in the state of Texas, and the addition of Joe and Adam to the team will only bolster our eminent domain team’s reputation and reach.”

Meet Joe

Leveraging his previous commercial litigation experience involving real estate and finance, Joseph P. Regan practices energy litigation with a concentration in eminent domain and related matters. Joe regularly serves as counsel for midstream energy clients and other condemning authorities in matters related to real property rights acquisitions, easement negotiations, and condemnation proceedings and trials.

Joe has spoken and written on a range of industry topics, including condemnation and eminent domain, general litigation, and issues impacting the energy industry and financial services institutions.

“We are thrilled to join Jackson Walker. Our practice is a natural fit for the firm’s Texas-specific focus, and I believe we will be able to provide unparalleled service to our clients,” Joe said. “We are particularly looking forward to joining forces with JW’s existing eminent domain practice group, and Adam and I hope to expand the unique and diverse experience of the Firm’s Fort Worth office.”

Joe received his B.A., summa cum laude, from The University of Texas at Arlington and his J.D. from SMU Dedman School of Law, where he served as Casenote Editor of the Computer Law Review and Technology Journal and was President of the Student Bar Association. Upon graduating law school, he served as a briefing attorney for Justice Douglas S. Lang of the Fifth District Court of Appeals in Dallas.

Outside his practice, Joe takes an active interest in the Fort Worth community as President of the Board of Directors for The WARM Place, a grief support center for children and their families. In addition, he is a member of the Texas Bar College and has held leadership positions on the Tarrant County Bar Association’s Board of Directors and several of its committees.

Gittings PhotographyMeet Adam

Adam L. Plumbley represents oil and gas producers, utilities, common carriers, and midstream companies in all aspects of energy litigation, condemnation and eminent domain, and real property disputes. He also handles a variety of general commercial litigation, including product liability and financial services.

“Jackson Walker’s Texas-based offices enable me to offer great value and accessibility to my clients,” Adam said. “Jackson Walker’s strong litigation, energy, and eminent domain practices provide me with the opportunity to broaden my practice while providing our clients with greater depth.”

In addition to his practice, he is a member of the Tarrant County Bar Association and the Eldon B. Mahon American Inn of Court. Previously, he volunteered his time with the Board of Directors of the Ladder Alliance and the March of Dimes Fort Worth Division.

Adam received his J.D., cum laude, from Texas Wesleyan University School of Law (Texas A&M University School of Law), where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review. Prior to law school, he received his B.A., magna cum laude, from Texas Christian University.

Meet JW

Founded more than 130 years ago, Jackson Walker has played a vital role in the growth and development of Texas business. With more than 350 attorneys across seven Texas-based offices, the Firm represents Fortune 500 companies, multinational corporations, major financial institutions, insurance companies, and a wide range of public companies and private businesses around the globe. The Firm is ranked nationally in 27 practice areas in the U.S. News’ “Best Law Firms” rankings, has 9 Chambers USA-ranked practices and 16 practice areas with Chambers-ranked attorneys, and has been recognized on the BTI Client Service A-Team since 2014.