Christopher M. Clough
Chris Clough is the Managing Partner of the Austin Office of Barron, Adler, Clough & Oddo, LLP, the largest eminent domain firm in the State focused solely on defending landowners. Mr. Clough joined Barron, Adler, Clough & Oddo, LLP in 2008 and specializes in eminent domain law and inverse condemnation.
Chris was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 2004. He began his career in private practice before moving to the Transportation Division of the Attorney General's office where he worked from 2004 to 2008, practicing predominantly eminent domain, focusing primarily on the massive Katy Freeway expansion project in Houston.
Chris serves as lead condemnation counsel in Texas for numerous major institutional clients and nationally traded companies. He has tried numerous condemnation cases to jury verdict, handled hundreds of special commissioners’ hearings and has multiple published decisions, including most recently:
City of Blue Mound v. Southwest Water Co., 449 S.W.3d 678 (2014), in the Fort Worth Court of Appeals, which invalidated municipal takings of private utility systems.
United States v. Arbour, et al., 3.11 CV-00803 (2017, Middle District Louisiana), multiple rulings protecting tenant salt dome operator’s right to just compensation.
Chris is also a member of the prestigious Lloyd Lochridge Inn of Court
Christopher M. Clough attended Columbia University and graduated with honors in 1999, earning a B.A. in political science. He earned his law degree from The University of Texas at Austin in 2003, graduating with honors.
Chris is a respected expert within the local and legal community on eminent domain issues. He is a frequent contributor to ALI and ABA eminent domain section, the International Right of Way Association and has served as Program Co-Chair for the Annual Eminent Domain Super Conference in Texas for the past 10 years. Recent professional engagements include:
- Panel Discussion, IRWA Bluebonnet Chapter 74, Appraising in a Post SB 18 Word: When is Direct Access Materially Impaired? (2013)
- Lecturer, 4th Annual Eminent Domain Conference in Houston, Case Law Update, New Developments and Pending Cases 2012-2013 (2013)
- Lecturer, 12th Annual Super Conference, Eminent Domain, Case Law Update, Review and Analysis of Eminent Domain Cases from 2012 (2013)
- Program Co-Chair, 11th Annual Super Conference, Eminent Domain (2012)
- Lecturer, 11th Annual Super Conference, Eminent Domain, Case Law Update, Emerging Issues and Trends (2012)
- Lecturer, IRWA North Texas Chapter 36, Senate Bill 18 and Other Hot Topics in Condemnation Law (2012)
- Program Co-Chair, 10th Annual Super Conference, Eminent Domain (2011)
- Lecturer, 10th Annual Super Conference, Eminent Domain, SB 18 – Changes to Eminent Domain Laws and the State of Access Law Under the New Statutory Regime (2011)
- Lecturer, 2nd Annual Eminent Domain Conference in Houston, Legislative Update, SB 18 – Changes to Eminent Domain Laws and the State of Access Law Under the New Statutory Regime (2011)
- Program Co-Chair, 9th Annual Super Conference, Eminent Domain (2010)
- Program Co-Chair, 8th Annual Super Conference, Eminent Domain, The Highest and Best Use of Your Time and Money (2009)
- Lecturer, 8th Annual Super Conference, Eminent Domain, Case Law Update, Emerging Issues and Trends (2009)
Chris is married to Elizabeth and has two daughters, Lucy and Clara. He is an active member of Covenant Presbyterian Church and active in Brykerwoods Elementary School (with Elizabeth serving as president of the PTA). Chris enjoys spending time outside, playing golf when able, attending baseball games, cooking, travel and live music.
Chris is a member of the Texas Young Lawyers Association. He also provides voluntary legal services.”