Edward DiMare Vassallo Jr.

Edward DiMare Vassallo Jr.

Senior Partner
Location:
Dallas, Texas
Phone:
800-231-3657
214-559-7200
Fax:
214-559-7209
Email:

Founder of the firm, Edward DiMare Vassallo, Jr. focuses his practice in the areas of commercial litigation, real estate, eminent domain, inverse condemnation, condemnation, zoning, planning and land use.

Mr. Vassallo is a native of Dallas and has served clients in Texas throughout his career. He received his B.A. in 1967 and Juris Doctor degree in 1969 from Southern Methodist University. While in law school, he was a member of the legal fraternity Phi Delta Phi and also a member of the Order of the Barristers, and served as Chief Justice of the Moot Court Board. From 1968 to 1969 he served as a member of the Southwestern Law Journal.

Mr. Vassallo was admitted to the Texas Bar and the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas in 1969. In 1975, he was admitted to the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas and the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas. He was admitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit and the U.S. Claims Court in 1988.

Mr. Vassallo is a member of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Dallas Trial Lawyers Association, the American Bar Association and the State Bar of Texas, where he served as a member of the State Bar Grievance Committee.

State Bar of Texas, American Bar Association and CLE International Lecturer (1980-2018) on State and Federal Eminent Domain, Federal Inverse Condemnation and Environmental Liability; has delivered over 125 papers and lectures in real estate law and litigation in Texas and several other states. Firm has been and is currently involved in eminent domain cases in Texas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, North Carolina, Washington and other jurisdictions.

He has extensive experience as an author and lecturer on topics such as eminent domain, inverse condemnation, environmental liability and eminent domain trials.

Author of such articles as "Law of Eminent Domain," "Anatomy of an Eminent Domain Trial," "Problems in Real Estate," "Real Estate Litigation Guide," "Use of Expert Witnesses" and numerous other articles on State and Federal Eminent Domain, Trial Strategy and Environmental Law. Authored statutory changes in the Texas Property Code; practiced in some 35 different counties in Texas, as well as out of State.

Areas of Practice

  • 75% Eminent Domain
  • 10% Real Estate
  • 15% Commercial Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1969
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 1969
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas, 1975
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1988
  • Federal Claims Court

Education

  • Southern Methodist University School of Law, Dallas, Texas
    • J.D. - 1969
  • Southern Methodist University
    • B.A. - 1967

Published Works

  • Author, State and Federal Eminent Domain, Federal Inverse Condemnation and Environmental Liability, State Bar of Texas and American Bar Association (1980-2018)

Classes/Seminars

  • Lecturer: State and Federal Eminent Domain, Federal Inverse Condemnation and Environmental Liability, State Bar of Texas and American Bar Association, 1980 - 2018
  • Eminent Domain Conference, CLE International, 1999, Las Vegas, Nevada, "Introduction and Overview (Eminent Domain - Current Concepts and Practical Problems)"
  • Eminent Domain Conference, CLE International, 2000, Los Angeles, California and Austin, Texas; "Anatomy of an Eminent Domain Trial"
  • Eminent Domain Conference, CLE International, 2001, Austin, Texas, Dallas, Texas and Los Angeles, California
  • "Anticipating Eminent Domain;" Advanced Expert Witness Course II, Texas Bar CLE, 2002, Houston and Dallas, Texas
  • "Trial Demonstration: The Real Estate Valuation Expert;" Eminent Domain Conference, CLE International, 2002, Austin, Texas
  • "Anatomy of an Eminent Domain Trial;" Eminent Domain Conference, CLE International, 2003, Austin, Texas; "Litigation Nuances;" 25th Annual Advanced Real Estate Law Course, State Bar of Texas, 2003, San Antonio, Texas
  • "Condemnation;" 3rd Annual Eminent Domain Conference, CLE International, 2004, Austin, Texas
  • "Outline of Market Value - Types of Evaluations: How They Are to be Applied to an Eminent Domain Case;" State Bar College "Spring Training" Course, Texas Bar CLE, 2004, Dallas, Texas
  • Ethics Panel; "Planning an Eminent Domain Case - Initial Interview to Trial, "Eminent Domain Conference, CLE International, 2004, Dallas, Texas
  • "Evaluating Property Rights - Determining Values for Differing Property Interests," 4th Annual Eminent Domain Conference, CLE International, 2005, Austin, Texas
  • "Understanding Condemnation and Eminent Domain," College Spring Training 2005, State Bar of Texas, 2005, Fort Worth, Texas
  • "Property Rights v. Economic Development: Eminent Domain in Texas Following Kelo v. New London," Live Webcast, State Bar of Texas, 2005, Austin, Texas
  • "Trial Presentation: Trial Outline - From Opening to Closing," Eminent Domain Conference, Eminent Domain Institute/CLE International, 2006, Dallas, Texas
  • "The Erosion of Property Rights in Texas," Texas Bar Journal, June 2007; "The Impact of Kelo on Cases Across the Country," Eminent Domain National Conference: A Retrospective on Kelo, Eminent Domain Institute/CLE International, 2007, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • "Outlines and Strategies for a Winning Case," Eminent Domain/Understanding Special Issues and Litigation Strategies, Eminent Domain Institute/CLE International, 2007, Houston, Texas
  • "Eminent Domain and Condemnation," Legal Issues for Texas Professional Land Surveyors Seminar, Half Moon LLC, 2007, Arlington, Texas
  • "Trial Outline - From Opening to Closing," Eminent Domain/Practical Advice in a Politically-Charged Environment," Eminent Domain Institute/CLE International, 2007, Dallas, Texas
  • "Evidence: Managing Your Most Valuable Resource," Eminent Domain National Conference: Winning at Trial, Eminent Domain Institute/CLE International, 2008, Orlando, Florida
  • "Land Use and Eminent Domain Issues," Planning, Zoning and Eminent Domain, The Center for American and International Law, 2008, Plano, Texas
  • "Relocation, Mediation, and Momentum in the Courtroom", 3rd Annual National Conference in Eminent Domain, Scottsdale, Arizona, 2018 - Present
  • "Condemnation and Current Events", Eminent Domain, Eminent Domain Institute/CLE International, Dallas, Texas, 2018 - Present
  • "Legal and Appraisal Condemnation Considerations", Eminent Domain, Eminent Domain Institute/CLE International, Dallas, Texas, 2017 - Present
  • "Valuation, Relocation, Mediation, and Condemnation", Eminent Domain, Eminent Domain Institute/CLE International, Dallas, Texas, 2016 - Present
  • Preparing You for the Future of condemnation", Eminent Domain, Eminent Domain Institute/CLE International, San Diego, California, 2015 - Present
  • "Right to Take Issues and Challenges", Eminent Domain, Eminent Domain Institute/CLE International, Houston, Texas, 2015 - Present
  • "Your Questions Answered", Eminent Domain, Eminent Domain Institute/CLE International, Los Angeles, California, 2014 - Present
  • "Nuances in Valuation & Litigation", Eminent Domain, Eminent Domain Institute/CLE International, Dallas, Texas, 2014 - Present
  • "Viewpoints from Around the State,", Eminent Domain, Eminent Domain Institute/CLE International, Dallas, Texas, 2013 - Present
  • "Effects of SB 18 & Projections for the Future", Eminent Domain, Eminent Domain Institute/CLE International, Dallas, Texas, 2012 - Present
  • "From Contract Negotiation to Appeal", Eminent Domain, Eminent Domain Institute/CLE International, Dallas, Texas, 2010 - Present
  • "Development Process and Condemnation", Condemnation, Half Moon LLC, Arlington, Texas, 2008 - Present

Honors and Awards

  • President - Student Bar Association
  • Order of the Barristers
  • Chief Justice - Moot Court Board, 1968 - 1969
  • Member - Southwestern Law Journal, 1968 - 1969
  • State Bar of Texas Certificate of Merit Award, 1992 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas Presidential Citation of Merit, 1994 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas Presidential Citation of Merit, 1995 - Present
  • Chairman - State Bar of Texas Grievance Committee District 6; 17 years on Grievance Committee
  • Director - Professional Enhancement Committee, 1995 - 1997
  • Professionalism Committee, 1995 - 2000
  • Super Lawyers magazine
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Rating, 1982 - 2019
  • Super Lawyer, 2011 - 2019

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Texas , Member, Grievance Committee, 1988 - 1996
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Dallas Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • Order of the Barristers, Member
  • Chief Justice, Moot Court Board, 1968 - 1969
  • Southwestern Law Journal, Member, 1968 - 1969

Languages

  • English

Fraternities/Sororities

  • Phi Delta Phi