Joseph P. Regan
Joe Regan is a litigation attorney in Jackson Walker’s Fort Worth office with a practice focused on energy litigation and eminent domain law. Joe has handled a variety of litigation and transactional matters for midstream energy clients and other condemning authorities, regularly serving as counsel in matters related to real property rights acquisitions, easement negotiations, and condemnation proceedings and trials. Joe’s experience has afforded him the opportunity to develop a comprehensive understanding of civil litigation and appellate law, with an emphasis on general commercial litigation involving real estate, financial institution, and financial services disputes.
Joe has authored and lectured on a range of industry topics, from eminent domain to general litigation matters to issues impacting the energy industry and financial services institutions. He has litigated cases in jury trials and bench trials at both a state and federal level.
Joe is an active citizen in the Fort Worth community, serving as the current President of the Board of Directors of The WARM Place and having served as a past Director for the Tarrant County Bar Association.
Prior to Jackson Walker, Joe was a shareholder at a large Texas law firm and a partner at an international law firm where he concentrated on eminent domain and energy litigation. He has also handled general commercial, real estate, and fiduciary litigation matters.
After law school, Joe served as a briefing attorney for Justice Douglas S. Lang of the Fifth District Court of Appeals in Dallas, Texas.
B.A., summa cum laude, The University of Texas at Arlington
J.D., cum laude, SMU Dedman School of Law
- Casenote editor, Computer Law Review and Technology Journal
- President, Student Bar Association
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Northern Districts of Texas
- Eminent domain and transactional counsel for multi-county segments of 790-mile natural gas liquids (NGL) pipeline from Permian Basin to fractionation and storage complex in Mont Belvieu, Texas (representative work includes Ward, Midland, Glasscock, Sterling, Mitchell, Nolan, Taylor, Callahan, Eastland, Erath, Somervell, Hood, and Johnson Counties)
- Eminent domain and transactional counsel for a five-county Texas segment of an approximately 125-mile interstate transmission NGL pipeline from the Red River to facilities in Johnson County, Texas, including properties located in Montague, Wise, Parker, Hood and Johnson counties
- Eminent domain and transactional counsel for multi-county segments of a 650-mile crude oil pipeline from the Permian Basin to the Texas Gulf Coast, including Brown, Comanche, Hamilton, Coryell, McLennan, Bell, Falls, Milam, Robertson, Brazos, Grimes, Walker, Montgomery, San Jacinto, Liberty, Chambers, and Harris counties
- Eminent domain and transactional counsel for a three-county segment of 20-mile NGL pipeline located in Midland, Reagan, Glasscock, and Upton counties, 9-mile lateral NGL pipeline in Reagan County, and 2-mile and 20-mile lateral NGL pipelines in Culberson County
- Eminent domain and transactional counsel for multi-county segment of crude oil and condensate pipeline project from Midland, Texas to Sealy, Texas including Lee, Washington, and Williamson Counties
- Eminent domain and transactional counsel for 83-mile crude petroleum pipeline project through Austin, Waller, Fort Bend, Brazoria, and Harris Counties
- Eminent domain and transactional counsel for multi-county northern Texas segment of 831-mile interstate crude petroleum pipeline (representative work included Grayson, Collin, Rockwall, and Kaufman Counties)
- Eminent domain and transactional counsel for multi-county segments of 580-mile NGL pipeline from Skellytown, Texas to fractionation and storage facilities in Mont Belvieu, Texas (representative work included Carson, Gray, Donley, Collingsworth, Childress, Hardeman, Foard, Baylor, Archer, Jack, Parker, Johnson, McLennan, Falls, Robertson, and Grimes Counties)
- Eminent domain and transactional counsel for 95-mile crude petroleum pipeline project through Atascosia, Bee, DeWitt, Gonazalez, Karnes, Live Oak, and Wilson Counties
- Eminent domain and transactional counsel for 87-mile natural gas pipeline project through Webb, Duval, Jim Wells, and Nueces Counties
- Eminent domain and transactional counsel for 12-mile natural gas loop pipeline project in LaSalle and Webb Counties
- Eminent domain and transactional counsel for 40-mile natural gas pipeline project through Tarrant, Denton, and Wise Counties, Texas
- Eminent domain counsel on 125-mile NGL pipeline from Jackson County to Mont Belvieu, Texas
- Eminent domain and transactional counsel for 345-kV CREZ electric transmission line project in Briscoe County, Texas
- Represented pipeline company in defense of injunction lawsuit seeking to halt construction of billion-dollar, cross-Texas NGL pipeline
- Represented pipeline company to enjoin encroachments and construction over active natural gas pipelines
- Tarrant County’s Top Attorneys in Civil Law—Litigation, Fort Worth, Texas, 2007-2008, 2010-Present
- “Top Attorneys” List, 360 West, 2017-2021
- Civil Law/Litigation, 2017, 2020
- Commercial Litigation, 2017
- Eminent Domain, 2017-2018, 2021
- “Top Attorneys” List for Eminent Domain, Oil & Gas, and Civil Law/Litigation, Fort Worth Magazine, 2013-2020, 2022
- Texas Rising Star, Super Lawyers – Rising Stars by Thomson Reuters, 2009-2012
- “40 Under 40” List, Fort Worth Business Press, 2006
Joe is a frequent author and lecturer on eminent domain and topics spanning from general litigation matters to issues impacting the energy and financial services industries.
- The Merger Clause: A Potential Defense to the Mann Frankfort Implied Promise?, 18 Texas Wesleyan Law Review 729 (Fall 2011) (co-author)
- The Competency of the Sham Affidavit as Summary Judgment Proof in Texas, 40 St. Mary’s Law Journal 206 (Fall 2008) (co-author)
- Co-Presenter, “Takings of Oil and Gas Infrastructure: Highest and Best Use, Remainder Damages, Costs to Cure, and Related Issues,” UT Law CLE’s Ernest E. Smith Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Institute (April 2023)
- Condemnation for Bankers: Overview of Texas Condemnation and How Financial Institutions Encounter Eminent Domain
- Eminent Domain 101: Overview & Perspectives from the Landowner and Condemning Authority
- A Changed Landscape: Latest Developments in Eminent Domain Law for Texas and Other Key States
- Texas Rice Land Partners, Ltd. v. Denbury Green Pipeline Texas, LLC—The Texas Supreme Court Adds Fuel to the Fire on the Right to Take for Public Use and Individual Private Property Rights
- Eminent Domain, Legislative Update: Senate Bill 18
- The Potential Pitfalls of Transactions Involving Fiduciaries
- Judgment Creditors: Post-Judgment Discovery and Collections
- Post-Judgment Collections: Overview and Update
- Arbitration Practice Tips and Update from the Arbitrator and the Attorney
- The WARM Place, 2016-Present
- Board of Directors, 2016-Present
- Board President, 2018-Present
- Tarrant County Bar Association
- Judicial Evaluation & Polls Committee Member, Since 2018
- Board of Directors, 2017-2018
- Chair, Brown Bag CLE Seminars Committee, 2016-2017
- Chair, Bench Bar Conference Committee, 2012-2013
- Chair, Docket Call Committee, 2009-2010
- Bench Bar Conference Committee Member, 2007-2018
- Eldon B. Mahon Chapter of the American Inns of Court
- Barrister, 2010-2013
- Associate, 2006-2008
- William “Mac” Taylor Chapter of the American Inns of Court, Associate, 2004-2006
- The College of the State Bar of Texas, Member, 2007-Present
April 11, 2023Speaking Engagements
Reagan Marble and Joe Regan to Present on Deed Construction Cases and Infrastructure Projects at Ernest E. Smith Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Institute
At the 49th Annual Ernest E. Smith Oil, Gas and Mineral Law Institute, Reagan Marble and Joe Regan will present on issues such as the takings of oil and gas infrastructure by government entities, maximizing compensation, and on equitable defenses in deed construction cases.
February 1, 2023Attorney News
‘Fort Worth Magazine’ Lists 16 Jackson Walker Attorneys Among the “Top Attorneys” of 2022
Jackson Walker is pleased to announce the selection of 16 Fort Worth-based attorneys to Fort Worth Magazine’s “Top Attorneys” list for 2022.
August 25, 2021Attorney News
Jackson Walker Congratulates the Fort Worth Attorneys Named to the “Top Attorneys 2021” List in ‘360 West Magazine’
Jackson Walker is pleased to announce the selection of 15 Fort Worth-based attorneys to 360 West Magazine’s “Top Attorneys” list for 2021. To be selected for inclusion, attorneys with an active license and who practice within the Tarrant County area can nominate up to three attorneys in 44 specialty areas who reflect relevant practice areas in the region.
November 25, 2020Attorney News
‘Fort Worth Magazine’ Lists Nine Jackson Walker Attorneys Among the “Top Attorneys” of 2020
Jackson Walker proudly announces the selection of nine Fort Worth-based attorneys to Fort Worth Magazine’s “Top Attorneys” list for 2020. The full list will be released in the magazine’s December 2020 issue.
August 4, 2020Attorney News
Jackson Walker Congratulates the Fort Worth Attorneys Named to the “Top Attorneys 2020” List in ‘360 West Magazine’
Congratulations to Joe Regan, Jay Rutherford, Len Wade, and Allison Allman on their selection to 360 West Magazine‘s “Top Attorneys 2020” list.
August 14, 2019Attorney News
Joe Regan Joins The WARM Place in Celebrating 30th Anniversary at A Cool Night by Candlelight
As The WARM Place celebrates 30 years of providing grief support services to children and their families, Jackson Walker proudly joined Joe Regan in supporting A Cool Night by Candlelight on October 5, 2019.
May 6, 2019Attorney News
Joe Regan and Adam Plumbley Boost Trial & Appellate Litigation Practice in Fort Worth
With backgrounds focused on energy and eminent domain, Joseph P. Regan and Adam L. Plumbley expand the scope of the Chambers USA-ranked Trial & Appellate Litigation practice to handle eminent domain and real property disputes, primarily involving pipelines.