Practice Areas

Business Litigation

Our lawyers combine decades of trial experience in state and federal courts in Dallas and across Texas and the United States. Our attorneys pride themselves on their pre-trial and courtroom skills. They have spent decades honing the ability to take on any type of complex dispute that threatens a business's present and long-term interests, and they use this ability to deliver positive results. No matter how unique your situation, chances are we have litigated the matter.

We represent small businesses, privately held and publicly traded corporations, non-U.S. companies, multi-level marketing organizations and other entities in all types of commercial litigation. This includes:

   Breach of contract disputes

   Shareholder, partner and ownership disputes

   Intellectual property and trade secret protection

   Employment litigation

   Real estate litigation

   Defense against liability claims

   Construction litigation

   Environmental and land use disputes

Municipal Law Services

Banowsky & Levine, P.C. provides local governmental entities and associations across Texas with a wide array of legal services. Our clients include municipalities, counties, transportation authorities, economic development corporations and law enforcement commissions.

We feature a team of attorneys with decades of experience in the most complex public law matters. As a small firm, we can provide strategic analysis and agile litigation representation to your municipal entity for less expense than larger firms, respecting your budget and the taxpayers. Additionally, attorney Scott D. Levine is an experienced former elected official, giving him unique insight into these proceedings.

We regularly provide counsel to our clients on nearly every issue arising in the public sector. We have also defended government entities and their employees in nearly every imaginable type of litigation.  Our municipal representation work includes, but is not limited to, the following:

   Eminent domain, land usage and zoning issues

   Employment disputes

   Construction and contract disputes

   Environmental disputes

   Open records and open meeting cases

   Negligence and wrongful death claims

   Constitutional, civil rights and 1983 excessive force litigation

   Regulatory disputes

   Elections matters

Our attorneys’ decades of work in this field have helped them develop a keen insight into the complexities and peculiarities of these matters. We recognize that no two cases are alike, dedicating the time necessary to ensure our clients receive the best possible representation.

Eminent Domain

The taking of private land to repurpose it for public use here in Texas is often a highly contentious process. Although a government entity or government-authorized private entity has the power to acquire private property through condemnation, it must be done by adhering to a fair process, and the landowner must receive just compensation.  These cases require a nuanced understanding of eminent domain law and can vary significantly from other forms of litigation. With decades of experience in condemnation law and municipal law, our skilled litigators know how to prevail in condemnation negotiations and trials.

Law Enforcement Disputes

In this tumultuous climate, it is not uncommon for citizens to attempt to obtain damages for alleged police misconduct by filing a suit against a law enforcement officer or the police department. A lawsuit can have lasting and costly consequences for the department, officer and community safety.  At Banowsky & Levine, P.C., we defend public law enforcement entities and their individual officers against allegations of wrongdoing in both state and federal courts throughout Texas. Our clients benefit from our in-depth knowledge of the legal system, our experience in handling matters of municipal law and the community relationships we have established during our decades of practice. In addition to providing stringent defense, our attorneys can help officers and agencies take steps to prevent future incidents.

Our firm handles cases involving:

   Police officer misconduct

   Wrongful arrest

   Invasion of privacy

   1983 excessive force violations

   Wrongful death from improper use of deadly force

   Allegations of racial profiling

Protecting Your Intellectual Property

Whether you are a solo businessperson or you work for a large, publicly traded corporation, your intellectual property and trade secrets are your enterprise's lifeblood. Today, holders of intellectual property face unprecedented threats that put their profitability at stake.

At Banowsky & Levine, P.C., we represent clients from across the nation in state and federal courts in Texas to help them protect their intellectual property. Attorney Baxter W. Banowsky is also a registered patent attorney and represents clients before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.  Mr. Banowsky’s unique engineering background and experience also provides the firm with industry knowledge and the ability to effectively represent clients in patent, trademark, trade secrets and other intellectual property disputes.

Professional Liability

Professional malpractice cases involve technical disciplines generally not well-understood by most lawyers. At Banowsky & Levine, P.C., we bring a unique set of legal skills and professional experience to bear on behalf of clients facing serious professional malpractice allegations in the engineering, architectural, accounting and legal fields.  Baxter W. Banowsky’s engineering and Scott D. Levine’s accounting backgrounds allow them to better understand the underlying complexities of these cases, giving their clients a distinct advantage.

Construction Litigation

Large-scale construction projects involve numerous parties and require everyone to cooperate and communicate. Sizeable problems can come about through what started out as a small miscommunication or disagreement.  In the construction litigation arena, skilled legal counsel can make the difference between a costly project coming to a standstill or a timely resolution. Our trial attorneys understand the urgency of these matters and the need for swift results. Our experienced trial lawyers have a strong reputation for successfully litigating construction issues while protecting our client’s interests. We represent developers, owners, builders, municipal governments, contractors and others in commercial and industrial construction disputes involving:

   Construction and design defects

   Construction fraud

   Mechanic's lien and payment bond claims

   Warranty claims

   Contract draft, negotiations and enforcement

   OSHA citations and proceedings

   Insurance coverage issues

   Land use and zoning disputes

   Commercial real estate issues

Commercial Real Estate

Our attorneys recognize the importance of successfully resolving any real estate transactions or litigation for a company’s success. Our lawyers have decades of experience representing businesses of all sizes in Dallas and across Texas in all real estate matters.

Our clients have also included developers and owner-operators of commercial real estate and housing projects on both sides of the U.S. border. Our work in municipal government representation allows us to provide strategic representation that considers multiple perspectives of these complex real estate projects.

Our attorneys can provide representation in the following matters:

   The acquisition, development, management, operation and sale of commercial real estate

   Financing, including mortgage lending, asset-based finance and public finance

   Development disputes

   Land use and condemnation, including litigating eminent domain disputes

   Workouts and foreclosures

   1031 tax-deferred exchanges

   Homeowners association representation and drafting restrictive covenants

   and condominium declarations

Multi-Level Marketing

Multilevel marketing (MLM) corporations provide new opportunities for people to make money and provide for their families. These companies are unique in that independent business representatives with a contractual relationship to the MLM make up most of the distribution and sales force. This contractual relationship leaves the MLM susceptible to litigation.  The heightened public attention to MLM disputes can drastically affect sales. The experienced litigators at Banowsky & Levine, P.C. defend direct sales companies of all sizes in a range of business disputes.

We represent domestic companies operating MLM businesses, finding timely solutions to legal and personnel issues including:

Compensation plan violations

False advertising claims

Licensing agreements

Trade secret misappropriation

Regulatory compliance

Termination of distributor agreements

Forum selection and enforcement

Noncompete agreements


Class action lawsuits