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Langley & Banack is a law firm that serves a range of clients that includes financial institutions, public entities, trusts, and individuals. The firm practices is in the areas of business and insurance litigation, personal injury defense, municipal and school law and corporate transactions. It also deals with several commercial matters, including collections and entity formation, family law, estate planning and probate and administrative proceedings. Langley & Banack additionally deals with bankruptcy and labor and employment practices. Its attorneys handle various oil and gas industry and real estate transactions, financial and banking services representation, and corporate, municipal and taxation matters. The firm is a member of Meritas, which is a network of more than 150 independent member firms and employs over 4,800 attorneys in nearly 60 countries worldwide. Langley & Banack maintains a location in San Antonio.
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**Practice Areas** Langley & Banack has become widely respected for our ability to match our expertise to the needs of a diverse client base. Our practice areas are staffed by attorneys who, in majority, have between 10 and 30 years of experience in their respective areas of expertise. Our attorneys combine top academic credentials with their broad range and depth of experience to provide the highest quality legal representation to our clients. *Arbitration/Mediation *Appellate Law *Banking/Mortgage Lending *Bankruptcy *Business Services *Collections Litigation *Construction Litigation *Corporate Law *Employment Law *Estate/Trust/Fiduciary Litigation *Family Law *Farm and Ranch Law *Homeowners' Association Law *Insurance *International Law *Litigation *Medical Malpractice Defense *Mergers and Acquisitions *Municipal Law *Oil/Gas/Other Minerals *Real Estate *School Law *Taxation/Estate Planning/Employee Benefits
Workers CompensationShareholder Thomas H. Veitch has been appointed by the Commissioner of Insurance as the public representative on the Texas Workers' Compensation Appeals Panel. The Panel is part of the Texas Department of Insurance and Mr. Veitch will hear cases from across the state. Read More »
Employment DiscriminationMr. Evans works in Langley & Banack's litigation section, devoting his practice equally to employment law and general commercial law. Mr. Evans has advised and represented clients on various matters, including Title VII, the Texas Commission on Human Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, the Family & Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and the Texas Payday Act.
Employment ContractWe emphasize practical and efficient solutions to business issues, and have experience in mergers and acquisitions, purchases and sales of business assets, reorganizations, entity selection, formation and operation, including the formation and operation of partnerships, joint ventures, limited liability companies and corporations, buy-sell agreements, business and organizational planning, financing transactions, employment agreements, and private offerings of securities. In order to develop comprehensive solutions for our clients, our lawyers work closely with attorneys in our other practice groups, including tax, real estate, litigation, bankruptcy, labor and employment, and employee benefits.
Real Estate LitigationMichael Boyle is involved in a general civil litigation practice with emphasis in personal injury and real estate litigation. Mr. Boyle also has considerable experience representing governmental entities, as well as financial institutions. He has been named a Best Lawyer in San Antonio since 2006. Born on March 18, 1951, Philadelphia, Pa. Primary interests are family, including grandchildren, and church. Hobbies are sports and handy-man activities.
Construction LitigationDuring his years of practice, Bill has served as Director of the School Law Section of the Texas Bar Association, a Director and then Chair of the Texas Association School Law Attorneys and was recently elected as a Director of the Texas Association of Community College Attorneys. He has given continuing legal education presentations to the 2003 State Bar of Texas School Law Section Conference on Construction Law, and the annual 1994 University of Texas School Law Conference in Austin. He was a co-author of a St. Mary’s Law Review article on “Teacher Termination and Nonrenewal in Texas Public Schools,” 16 St. Mary’s L.J. 783 (1985) that was later cited by Justice Cornyn in the majority opinion in
Real Estate TransactionsAttorneys in the real estate practice area have experience in handling matters for various parties in real estate transactions, including buyers, sellers, borrowers, lenders, landlords, and tenants. In a typical transaction, Langley & Banack attorneys are involved in contract negotiation and preparation, title, survey, and zoning review, analysis of property condition or environmental issues, negotiations with lenders, preparation or review of closing documents, closing issues, and post-closing operational matters.
Land Use and ZoningTax and Employee Benefits Shareholder Bob Werner was elected Mayor of the City of Shavano Park this month. Mr. Werner has been an active member of the City of Shavano Park government having served as a Councilman and on the Planning & Zoning Committee, where he has served as Chairman since 2006. Mr. Werner replaces Mayor Pro Tem Michele Bunting Ross. Read More »
Wrongful DeathGayla Corley is a Shareholder in Langley & Banack's San Antonio office. Since being licensed in 1994, Ms. Corley has been successfully engaged in the practice of general civil litigation and has, primarily, defended against claims for deceptive trade practices, harassment and discrimination, breach of contract, fraud, products liability, wrongful death/survival, personal injury, violations of the Texas Insurance Code and defamation. Her practice includes representation of diverse business concerns, including employers, insurance companies, banks, fiduciaries, healthcare providers and other private interests. Ms. Corley also has extensive experience in defending lawsuits in state and federal court and before administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Labor, the Texas Workforce Commission and the State Board for Educator Certification. As part of her professional endeavors, Ms. Corley is active in the San Antonio Bar Association and the Texas Association of Defense Counsel and periodically writes and presents CLE papers on ethics and litigation-related topics.
BankruptcyWilliam R. Davis, Jr., has a broad-based bankruptcy practice with an emphasis on the representation of consumer and business Debtors in and outside of bankruptcy. A particular emphasis of Mr. Davis' Debtor bankruptcy practice deals with the treatment of tax obligations owing to the Internal Revenue Service through bankruptcy. He deals with workouts and represents creditors such as Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. and Catholic Life Insurance in consumer and business bankruptcy cases throughout the state. Additionally, Mr. Davis is a frequent writer and lecturer at local and state bankruptcy courses.
Tax LawOur experience includes utilizing the most sophisticated planning techniques for preserving family wealth. In addition, though we have the experience and capacity to deal with all matters related to planning for high net worth clients, we also offer our experience and expertise to those who do not require complex tax planning. Whether the estate requires state of the art sophisticated planning techniques or more routine planning documents, our clients can be confident that their estate planning attorneys will assist them in understanding the planning options that are appropriate for their goals, family situations, and assets.
Child SupportMoulton Dowler has a very broad-based civil practice with emphasis on family law and general litigation. Mr. Dowler’s family law practice has involved all aspects of family law, including divorce, enforcement of property division, enforcement of child support, and modification of custody and child support, as well as pre-marital agreements and post-marital agreements. Mr. Dowler has extensive experience in negotiating and litigating family law issues and also practices in the area of collaborative law. In regard to other civil litigation, Mr. Dowler has represented companies and individuals from many different personal and business contexts from both the plaintiff’s and defendant’s perspective and practices in the State and Federal court systems. Before becoming more specialized in areas of practice involving litigation, Mr. Dowler represented clients in substantial corporate and real estate transactions which provided a business-oriented background that is often very helpful in litigation. He has often had success in resolving cases through mediation. Through the years, Mr. Dowler has developed very close professional relationships with many clients and has been fortunate to have had representations which have extended beyond twenty years with numbers clients.
Child Custody and VisitationDrafting Custody & Visitation Orders for Tots, Teens & Special Needs Children, Extreme Divorce Practice Make Over V, San Antonio Bar Association, Family Law Section (2007)
PaternityCharla Davies is an Associate in Langley & Banack's San Antonio office. Ms. Davies' practice focuses on all areas that encompass family law. Ms. Davies has represented clients in the areas of divorce, enforcement of property division, enforcement of child visitation and support, establishment of paternity, modification of custody and child support, grandparent's rights, termination & adoption, as well as premarital and post marital agreements. Ms. Davies also practices Collaborative Law and is a member of both the Collaborative Law Institute of Texas and the Collaborative Professionals Association of San Antonio.
Premarital AgreementLangley & Banack’s Family Law Group has extensive experience in all areas that encompass family law. These areas include: divorce, property division, child custody, child support, relocation, paternity, modification and enforcement of orders, premarital and postmarital agreements, and partition agreements. In addition to traditional litigation, the Group is also knowledgeable in the area of alternative dispute resolution which includes arbitration, mediation as well as collaborative law. We have the ability to provide our clients with the best approach toward resolving their family law matters.
GuardianshipAreas of practice represented by the Carrizo Springs and Eagle Pass attorneys are Arbitration & Mediation, Banking, Business Transactions, Family Law, Farm & Ranch Law, Insurance, Landlord-Tenant, Litigation, Mortgage Lending, Municipal Law, Oil, Gas, & Other Minerals, Personal Injury, Probate & Guardianship, Real Estate, Transactional, and Wills, Trusts, & Estates. The South Texas attorneys coordinate with the firm's other attorneys to provide the best possible representation to their clients.
Trusts and Estates
Estate PlanningJoyce W. Moore was named as one of the Top 5 "Go-To" attorneys in Texas by Texas Monthly magazine in 2002 in this field. She has been involved in some of the largest trust and estate cases in the State of Texas and is a frequent lecturer at advanced state and local Bar Association seminars relating to estate, trust and fiduciary litigation. She is consistently named a Best Lawyer in America by Woodward and White and a Texas Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters in the Estate and Trust Litigation category.
WillsLangley & Banack's Karnes City office is led by Shareholders Richard M. Butler and Clinton M. Butler. The Karnes City office's primary areas of practice include Oil, Gas & Other Minerals, Farm & Ranch Law, Wildlife Law, Civil Litigation, Real Estate, Wills & Estates, Family Law and Business Services. Clients in Karnes City have access to the full resources of our San Antonio office and areas of expertise.
Power of AttorneyFiduciary litigation, arising out of conflicts between and among trustees, executors, beneficiaries, guardians, partners, agents (powers of attorney) and corporations has become increasingly common in the past few years. Langley & Banack estate, trust and fiduciary litigators have the skills and expertise to handle most forms of estate and trust disputes. Langley & Banack also has substantial experience and expertise in litigation involving efforts by creditors to set aside transfers of property pursuant to the implementation of estate plans.
Personal InjurySteve Browne practices in the area of general civil trial law, including construction, legal malpractice, commercial matters, and all facets of insurance litigation (personal injury defense, first party cases, and coverage). He has been Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1981. He has been named a Best Lawyer in America for Personal Injury Litigation since 2010. He is a member of the San Antonio Bar Association, the State Bar of Texas, the American Bar Association, Defense Research Institute, the Texas Association of Defense Counsel, and Defense Counsel of San Antonio. Mr. Browne has served on the Board of Directors of the Texas Association of Defense Counsel, San Antonio Bar Association, and was a founding director of the Defense Counsel of San Antonio. He is a Life Fellow of the San Antonio and Texas Bar Foundations. Mr. Browne has also been a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates since 1990, an invitation only group of plaintiff and defense attorneys committed to preservation of the 7
Medical MalpracticeLangley & Banack's Castroville office is led by Shareholder Lucretia R. Marmor and the office's areas of practice include Litigation, Medical Malpractice Defense and Business Services. Our Castroville office has access to all the resources and expertise of the other offices of Langley & Banack while providing convenient service to clients in Medina County.
Business and Corporate Law
Corporate LawEmerson (Buddy) Banack, Jr., was admitted to practice law in 1965. He is a trial lawyer whose trial practice experience is extensive and varied. Mr. Banack has represented numerous governmental entities, corporations, businesses, individuals, physicians, lawyers, engineers and architects in malpractice cases, products liability cases, negligence cases and business litigation. During the last several years, he has practiced primarily in the field of business and corporate litigation and defense of large malpractice cases as well as anti-trust litigation. Due to the type of practice that Mr. Banack is currently engaged in, he represents both plaintiffs and defendants.
Mergers and Acquisitions
Business DisputesSince graduating from the University of Texas School of Law in 1972, Bill Armstrong has practiced law in San Antonio since October of 1973. In over forty years of legal practice, he has been involved in a varied litigation practice including a major anti-trust trial and appeal, the trial and appeal of two water rights law lawsuits representing landowners, will contests, and numerous contract disputes. For much of his career, there has been a focus on representing employers and in representing local governmental entities including school districts, Texas community college districts, counties, and municipalities. He has advised the various entities on issues involving the Texas Open Meetings Act, the Texas Public Information Act, Voting Rights Act, redistricting, bidding requirements for government contracts, disputes with employees, students, and parents as well as a myriad of other issues that these entities face. Many of the entities constitute some of the largest business organizations in the San Antonio area in terms of employees, construction budgets, and operating budgets. As a part of this representation, Bill has represented governmental entities in suits brought by employees, taxpayers, students, and contractors. He currently serves as the outside general counsel for the Alamo Community College District which has over 50,000 students at its five colleges. In the past three years, Bill has represented an oil field service provider in a DOL investigation of alleged underpayment of employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act, a municipal housing authority in a suit brought by a terminated chief operating officer, and many employee claims of discrimination or retaliation in employment before the EEOC and in state and federal courts.
Business TransactionsR. Glen Ayers is a bankruptcy lawyer who also represents clients in related areas, including secured transactions, state court receiverships, and commercial transactions. He frequently litigates in the federal bankruptcy courts and state courts, and has represented debtors in all chapters, including Chapter 9, creditors, committees and other parties in interest in very large and small cases. His bankruptcy practice is not confined to Texas, and he has represented clients in Ohio, California, Delaware, Maryland, The District of Columbia, and a number of other states. Mr. Ayers also acts as an arbitrator in domain name disputes under the ICANN domain name policies.
Limited Liability CompaniesLangley & Banack's Corporate and Business attorneys represent clients in a broad range of matters. Our clients include corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships & joint ventures, non-profit associations, professional associations, business executives and individually-owned businesses.
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