Practice Groups

McLeod, Alexander, Powel & Apffel, P.C. represents national and international corporations such as BP America Inc., BNSF Railway Company, Exxon Mobil Corporation, Unimin Corporation, Union Pacific Railroad Company, and University of Texas System, to name a few. We also engage in local representation of governmental entities such as Galveston Central Appraisal District and The Port of Galveston (Galveston Wharves). Our clients typically face major areas of potential liability, with coverage provided by some of the nation’s largest insurance companies, such as Fireman’s Fund, AIG, The Hartford, Liberty Mutual, Texas Municipal League, Medical Protective Insurance Company, and others. Our Firm’s representation envelops virtually all areas of civil law. For details regarding our practice in a specific area of law, select a practice group from the list below.


McLeod, Alexander, Powel & Apffel, P.C. offers alternative dispute resolution services as an effective and affordable means to resolve legal disputes. Through mediation, parties meet with a neutral mediator in a confidential and informal setting to resolve conflicts. Our attorneys … Continue reading

Insurance Defense

McLeod, Alexander, Powel & Apffel, P.C. represents a number of state, national, and international insurance companies on a wide variety of insurance matters in both state and federal courts.  The Firm has significant experience in successfully defending insurance carriers against … Continue reading

Construction Law and Litigation

McLeod, Alexander, Powel & Apffel, P.C. provides transactional and litigation services to owners, developers, contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers and their insurers in relation to construction project.  The scope of the Firm’s representation includes advising and assisting clients in the prevention, … Continue reading

Business Transactions

The Firm has experience in handling matters involving business formation and operation with respect to corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies and other business associations. Included in this area of practice are: contract review, preparation, and negotiation; business acquisitions; employment law … Continue reading

Elder Law

Rather than being defined by technical legal distinctions, Elder Law is defined by the client to be served. Our attorneys practicing Elder Law keenly focus their attention on the The Greatest Generation, advocating for a wide array of issues relating … Continue reading

Environmental Litigation

Environmental Cleanups and Cost Recovery Litigation The discovery of historical contamination by a client typically leads to two interrelated events. First, current environmental laws place the initial liability for cleaning up historical contamination on the current owner of contaminated property. … Continue reading

Estate Planning

McLeod, Alexander, Powel & Apffel, P.C. represents individuals in the preparation of wills and trusts and the development of other gift planning strategies, as well as financial and health care powers of attorney and health care directives (also known as … Continue reading

Family Law

Family Law is an area of law which covers all aspects family relationships. Generally, Family Law attorneys assist people with the making and breaking of family relationships. Family Law issues require a thoughtful balance between advocating for the rights of … Continue reading

Medical Malpractice Defense

Medical Malpractice involves cases in which a physician or health care provider is accused of causing injury to a patient by not properly treating a medical condition. The Houston-Galveston area has many internationally recognized health care physicians and facilities. McLeod, … Continue reading

Property Tax & Appraisal

Property Tax & Appraisal of Special Use Facilities   Taxes are a fact of life. Property taxes are as well and the ultimate issue for any tax dispute will center on the value of the property, real or personal, to be … Continue reading

Public Law Relating to Texas Governmental Entities

McLeod, Alexander, Powel & Apffel, P.C. represents various local and state governmental bodies, and serves as general counsel for the Galveston Central Appraisal District and the Port of Galveston (Galveston Wharves). Areas of particular importance include the public’s right to … Continue reading

Railroad Law

McLeod, Alexander, Powel & Apffel, P.C. has been recognized for its defense of railroads for more than 40 years. One of the Firm’s major clients, BNSF Railway Company, is represented by the Firm throughout Texas. Firm clients also include Union … Continue reading

Real Estate

Our Firm’s real estate attorneys have experience in a wide variety of matters, such as sales and acquisitions, leasing, financing, construction, port and harbor development, foreclosures, condominium and other property owner association representation, zoning, and subdivision development. Our clients have included … Continue reading