Olson & Olson, LLP Partner & 2018 IMLA President Arthur L. Pertile, III addresses 82nd IMLA Annual Conference in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, and extends an invitation to the 2018 Conference in Houston, Texas, scheduled for October 17, 2018.
Olson & Olson, LLP municipal lawyers, Leah Hayes and Akilah Mance, presented at the Salt Grass Chapter of the Texas Municipal Clerks Association’s Sixteenth Annual Public Information Act Seminar held on Wednesday, September 13, at the Stafford Centre.
Public Information Act topics included Cost Estimates, Social Media, Law Enforcement and Corrections, and Prosecutorial Information. The workshop closed with a panel discussion on legislation regarding recent legislative changes. Approximately 140 municipal clerks and emergency first responders participated.
It is impossible to put into words the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey and the impact it has had on our communities and families. We hope that this email finds you and your family safe and your community well on its way to recovery. Many in our firm, just like many in your city, sustained damage from the hurricane force winds, rain, tornados and flood waters. We are grateful to report that our lawyers and staff are safe.
Hurricane Harvey caused extensive damage to our offices located at 2727 Allen Parkway. At this time, we do not know when we will be able to return to that location. The uncertainty of the firm’s return to the Allen Parkway offices required the firm to initiate its Continuity of Operations plan (COOP plan). The COOP plan allows the firm to continue to service our clients at the high level we are known for with as little interruption of service as possible. The firm’s COOP plan entails, among other things, the consolidation of offices and a temporary phone number. The firm will consolidate our offices to the two locations below:
- Katy Office – 1906 Avenue D, Suite 300, Katy, Texas 77493
- Angleton Office – 4005 Technology Drive, Suite 1044, Angleton, Texas 77515
The temporary telephone number for the firm is: (281) 574-4540.
You may contact any Olson & Olson employee at that number. Many of you have cell phone numbers for attorneys at the firm; please continue to use the cell phone number that you have to contact the attorney with whom you wish to speak.
If Olson & Olson can provide legal assistance in your community’s recovery from this unprecedented disaster, please let us know. We will update you on a prospective date of return to the Allen Parkway location soon. Please check the Olson & Olson website (www.olsonllp.com) for details.
Art Pertile, III
OLSON & OLSON, L.L.P.
On April 28, 2017, the Texas Supreme Court issued its opinion in ETC Marketing LTD, v. Harris County Appraisal District, affirming a judgment in favor of the Harris County Appraisal District on the taxability of petroleum products stored in Harris County. The principle issue in the case was whether the constitutional limits on a state’s right to tax interstate commerce “bar property taxes levied on natural gas stored in Texas while awaiting future resale and shipment to out-of-state consumers.” The Court agreed with the Harris County Appraisal that the stored gas was taxable in Harris County. Mario L. Dell’Osso and Eric Farrar represented the District in this important local taxation case.
Please join us on Thursday, January 21,2016, at The Stafford Centre, for our 12th Annual Local Government Seminar. This year’s topics will include information on expenditures of municipal funds, FMLA, social media matters, police enforcement issues, forms of harassment, and legislative updates. We will again have breakout sessions tailored for city attorneys, human resource personnel, and police/fire leadership.