Jan. 17, 2020 - Charles Irvine, a 2006 University of Houston Law Center graduate and an adjunct professor, served as the lead counsel for a case that found the U.S. government liable for the flooding of Houston-area homes during Hurricane Harvey.
“We’re thrilled the judge saw the facts as we did and the law as we did," Irvine said. "We look forward to pushing the case through the damages phase and achieving justice for the upstream flood victims.”
Irvine is an attorney at Irvine & Conner PLLC. Alumni Edwin Armistead Easterby '96 of Williams Hart and Vuk Vujasinovic '95 of VB Attorneys were also part of the legal team that represented property owners.
In his opinion on Dec. 17, 2019, U.S. Court of Federal Claims Senior Judge Charles F. Lettow ruled that actions taken by the U.S. Corps of Engineers during Hurricane Harvey resulted in the damage of thousands of properties located upstream of the Addicks and Barker reservoirs. The next phase of the trial, including damages, will begin on Jan. 21.