Publications

MAPA Founder Bob Alexander

It is with a heavy heart that MAPA announces that one of its founders, Robert “Bob” Warren Alexander, 96, passed away peacefully January 31, 2017, in Muleshoe, Texas. He was born February 19, 1920 in Paris, Texas to Morgan Provine … Continue reading

FMC Affirms Access Fees Ruling in Favor of Port of Galveston

By: Amanda D. Wright On June 16, 2014, three private parking lot operators filed a legal action with the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (“FMC”) against The Port of Galveston and its subsidiary, the Galveston Port Facilities Corporation (“GPFC”) alleging that … Continue reading

MAPA Law receives “Best Law Firm” Recognition

U.S News & World Reports’ Best Lawyers ® has selected McLeod, Alexander, Powel & Apffel, P.C. as one of its 2017 Best Law Firms.  The Firm was nationally recognized as a “Tier 1” law firm in Railroad Law.  The Firm also received … Continue reading

Water Rights: “The Supreme Court Giveth and it Taketh Away”

By: Jocelyn A. Holland and James B. Galbraith In a watershed decision issued in May 2016, the Texas Supreme Court established that groundwater rights, like mineral rights, are a dominant estate over the surface rights.  See Coyote Lake Ranch, LLC … Continue reading

McLeod, Alexander, Powel & Apffel, P.C. becomes a member of the American Association of Port Authorities

McLeod, Alexander, Powel & Apffel, P.C. is proud to announce its new membership in the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA).  The AAPA acts as a unified voice of the Americas’ sea port industry, representing over 130 public port authorities in the … Continue reading

Adoption Options (Revisited)- Galveston County Adoption Day Event

In recognition of National Adoption Month, McLeod, Alexander, Powel & Apffel P.C. Firm Officer, James B. Galbraith revisits and updates  Adoption Options.  Adoption Options was authored by Mr. Galbraith and was originally published by the Texas Young Lawyers Association in 1991. By: … Continue reading

Achieving Perfection—The Basics of Mechanic’s & Materialman’s Liens in Texas

By: Amanda D. Wright             Good work is hard to come by.  The State of Texas has granted mechanics, artisans, and materialmen commonly known as “contractors”) a means to place a lien on buildings and articles made, furnished, or repaired … Continue reading

Appeals court halts Mostyn Hurricane Rita lawsuit, alleged “discovery abuse” at issue

“The Ninth Court of Appeals recently stayed a Hurricane Rita lawsuit brought against the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association, finding temporarily relief should be granted to prevent ‘undue prejudice.’ ” Around a decade ago, plaintiff David James, who is represented by Houston … Continue reading

MAPA Attorneys Raise Voter Awareness

McLeod, Alexander, Powel & Apffel, P.C. attorneys Jocelyn A. Holland and Amanda D. Wright increased voter awareness and presented Texas Young Lawyers Association’s Vote America Project to Ball High School seniors in Galveston, Texas. The voter registration deadline for the … Continue reading

Judge dismisses 20,000 cases against BP in benzene release lawsuit

A Galveston County judge has dismissed about 20,000 cases in a massive lawsuit filed against BP after a failure at the company’s Texas City refinery caused 500,000 pounds of chemicals to spew into the air. About 45,000 people sued the … Continue reading