The Real Estate Division assists and advises the County Commissioners and many County departments with regard to real estate issues and the acquisition, use, maintenance and disposition of real estate owned by Montgomery County.
Attorneys in the Real Estate Division represent the County in acquiring road right-of-ways for improving transportation and real estate for use by the County for its various departments and elected offices. When right-of-way or other real estate cannot be acquired by agreement, the attorneys in the Real Estate Division represent the County in acquiring the property by eminent domain proceedings.
In addition to property acquisitions, the attorneys with the Real Estate Division review and approve subdivision plats for accuracy and compliance with state laws and the County’s ordinances. The Division prepares leases and conveyances for County owned property and property leased by Montgomery County. Attorneys in the Real Estate Division prepare and review agreements between Montgomery County and other political subdivisions such as cities, road districts and drainage districts to expand roadways or governmental services. The attorneys prepare and review easements, right-of-ways, dedication instruments, deeds and other documents by which the County acquires or uses real estate. The Real Estate Division also enforces the flood plain regulations and pursues environmental health nuisance abatements, and building & septic permit violations. The attorneys in the Real Estate Division work closely with the County Engineer’s department in seeking compliance with standards for construction of roads and in bringing roads into the County road maintenance system.
The Real Estate Division attorneys also work with County officials and outside counsel regarding specific County projects and related entities such as the Mental Health Treatment Facility and the Montgomery County Toll Road Authority.
Real Estate Staff
B.D. Griffin is the First Assistant County Attorney. He joined the Montgomery County Attorney’s office on January 1, 2013 as Chief of the Real Estate Section. J D Lambright named him First Assistant in 2015. B.D. is a lifelong resident of Montgomery County and was admitted to the Texas bar in 1984. He is also admitted to practice before several United States District Courts in Texas and the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
B.D. Griffin has been board certified in Commercial Real Estate Law and Residential Real Estate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1997. He is a member of the Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section, the Litigation Section and Government Law Section of the State Bar of Texas. He received his Juris Doctor degree from South Texas College of Law in 1983 (summa cum laude) and his undergraduate degree from Trinity University (1979, B.M. cum laude). He served as President of the Montgomery County Bar Association in its 1994-95 term.
In addition to the administrative and supervisory duties of the First Assistant, B. D. regularly represents Montgomery County and departments thereof on real estate and real estate contract related matters, including: roads; subdivisions, ordinances, land use, eminent domain, sale or other disposition of real estate, acquisition and leasing of real estate. He also represents Montgomery County in state and federal litigation involving real estate, land use regulation and flood plain enforcement.
Lloyd Saunders IV is an Assistant County Attorney with the Real Estate Division of the Montgomery County Attorney’s Office. Prior to joining the County Attorney’s Office, Mr. Saunders was a Public Defender for the Texas prison system and an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Texas. He is a member of the African American Lawyers Section and Real Estate, Probate, and Trust Law Section of the State Bar of Texas. He is also a member of the Houston Lawyers Association, Houston Northwest Bar Association and the Woodlands Bar Association. Mr. Saunders earned his bachelor’s degree from Peirce College in Philadelphia, Pa and his juris doctorate from Villanova University School of Law.
Jennifer Fox is a native Houstonian and attorney licensed in the State of Texas and in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in 2004 from the University of North Texas and her Doctor of Jurisprudence in 2012 from South Texas College of Law in Houston. During law school, Jennifer was President of both the Environmental Law Society and the Animal Law Society and studied international environmental law abroad at Charles University in the Czech Republic. Jennifer was awarded with “The Dean’s Citizenship Award,” the highest honor awarded to only one law student annually at South Texas College of Law for significant contributions to benefit the college and the community of law students. At the start of her legal career, Jennifer served the public as an environmental litigator with the Harris County Attorney’s Office. Prior to joining the Real Estate Division at the Montgomery County Attorney’s Office, Jennifer worked in the private sector and predominantly handled real estate litigation matters. Jennifer currently serves as the Vice-Chair for the Houston Bar Association’s Animal Law Section and also volunteers her time at the Wildlife Center of Texas where she works to rehabilitate native injured or orphaned wildlife.
Patti O’Hagan is a legal assistant with the Real Estate Division. She also assists the Government Affairs Division with Public Information Act Requests. She communicates with the public as well as the county commissioners and other county employees regarding roads, county owned real estate and other issues. She began her work with the county in 2002 and joined the Montgomery County Attorney’s Office in 2006.
Denise Johnson is a legal assistant with the Real Estate Division of the County Attorney’s Office. She began working for Montgomery County in 1985 and joined the County Attorney’s Office in October of 2004. Her duties include researching, preparing and obtaining items for Commissioners Court Agenda, preparing and maintaining records and logs on platting of subdivisions. She works closely with the Engineering and Environmental Departments on issues such as road bonds, acquiring right of way and nuisance abatements.