Boyle & Lowry, L.L.P.
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L. Stanton Lowry

L. Stanton Lowry Irving, Texas
Phone: (972) 650-7100
Fax: (972) 650-7105
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Stan was born in Mount Vernon, Texas. He received his B.A. in 1987 from Southern Methodist University. He received his J.D. from St. Mary's University School of Law in 1990. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, College of the State Bar of Texas, State Bar of Texas section of Public and Government Lawyers, American Bar Association, American Bar Association section of State and Local Government Lawyers, Dallas Bar Association, Tarrant County Bar Association and Texas City Attorney's Association. He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States District Courts for the Northern District of Texas.

Stan was a Law Clerk for the Honorable Ronald B. King, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Western District of Texas from 1990-1991. He was an Assistant City Attorney with the City of Dallas from 1991-1993 where he concentrated his practice in the litigation of land use, zoning, eminent domain and other municipal law matters. Stan is a frequent speaker and author on all aspects of municipal and public law and has recently spoken at seminars sponsored by the State Bar of Texas, Texas Municipal League, The Center for American and International Law (formerly Southwestern Legal Foundation), CLE International, American Planning Association, Texas Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Southern Methodist University School of Law, Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, University of Texas at Arlington Construction Research Center, Building Professionals Institute, State and Local Government Section of the Federal Bar Association, Lorman Education Services, and the International Right of Way Association. Stan also conducts training sessions and seminars to city councils, school boards, boards and commissions and City staffs on the legal issues involving local government.

Prior to forming BOYLE & LOWRY, Stan was a member of the Dallas law firm of Hutchison Boyle Brooks & Fisher. Stan is currently the City Attorney for Bedford, Keller, Mt. Vernon, Westlake, Winnsboro, and the School Attorney for the Westlake Academy Charter School.

Stan Lowry has volunteered and contributed in the following areas:

  • Member of the City of Coppell Planning and Zoning Commission from 1994 - 1999 (Chairman 1997 - 1999)
  • Youth Baseball Coach - Coppell Baseball Association, 2001-2005
  • Youth Soccer Coach - Coppell Youth Soccer Association, 2000-2003
  • Evangelism Committee - First United Methodist Church of Coppell, 2001-2005
  • Youth Basketball Coach - Coppell, 2002-2005
  • Youth Basketball Coach - Argyle, 2007-2010
  • Youth Baseball Coach - Argyle, 2005-2009
  • Youth Football Coach - Argyle, 2006-2008
  • Youth Basketball Coach, Mt. Vernon, 2010-Present
  • Staff Parish Relations Committee, Argyle United Methodist Church - 2007-2009
  • Active Member, First United Methodist Church, Mt. Vernon
  • Vice Chairman, Administrative Board, First United Methodist Church, Mt. Vernon, 2010-Present
  • President, Mt. Vernon Tiger Athletic Booster Club, 2011-2013
  • Board of Directors, First National Bank of Mt. Vernon, 2011-Present

Areas of Practices

Economic Development & Incentives
Zoning & Land Use
Eminent Domain
Municipal, Local Government and Special Districts Law
School Law
Public Finance and Municipal Bonds

Seminars and Publications Prepared and Presented by L. Stanton Lowry

Annexation, Disannexation and the ETJ, Southwestern Legal Foundations' Short Course on Planning and Zoning for Public Officials and Attorneys, Richardson, Texas, June 1998.

The Use of Eminent Domain for Economic Development, 36th Annual International Right-of-Way Seminar, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, August 1998.

Annexation, Disannexation and the ETJ, A Land Use and Economic Development Tool After the 76th Legislature, Southwestern Legal Foundation's Short Course on Planning and Zoning for Public Officials and Attorneys, Richardson, Texas, May 1999.

Economic Development Tools of Texas Cities, What's Allowed. How It Works, The Challenges Facing Local Governments, Putting the Pieces Together, sponsored by the State and Local Government Relations Section of the Federal Bar Association, the Federal Litigation Section of the Federal Bar Association, the Dallas Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, and the State and Local Government Law Section of the American Bar Association, Dallas, Texas, September 1999.

The Statutory Framework for Economic Development, The Economic Development Tools Available in Texas Cities, Real Estate Law: Transactions in Depth, sponsored by the Southern Methodist University School of Law, Dallas, Texas, January 2000, and Houston, Texas, February 2000.

The Legal Issues of Code Enforcement and Building Inspection, The Ninth Annual Building Professional Institute, sponsored by Building Officials Association of Texas and the Construction Research Center at the University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas, January 2001.

Economic and Real Estate Development Incentives in Texas Cities, 2001 Commercial Real Estate Brokers Conference, sponsored by Texas Wesleyan School of Law in partnership with the Southern Methodist University Real Estate School, and the Commercial Investment Division of the Texas Association of Realtors, the Austin CID and Republic Title of Texas, Inc., Dallas, Texas, January 2001, and Austin, Texas, February 2001.

Safeguarding the Owner's Interests in Public Construction Projects, Public Contract Code and Competitive Public Bidding in Texas, sponsored by Lorman Education Services, Fort Worth, Texas, September 2001.

Is the City the Ultimate Protector and Gatekeeper? A legal Review of How Plat Approval Can Create Municipal Liability for Constitutional Takings and Violations of the Texas Water Code, Current Legal Issues in Land Use, Zoning and Development, sponsored by CLE International, Dallas, Texas, October 2001.

The Basics of Land Use and Zoning Regulations in Texas, seminar given to City Councils, Boards, and Commissions, and City Staffs throughout the State of Texas.

The Role, Responsibility, and Liability of the City Council and Boards and Commissions, seminar given to City Councils, Boards, and Commissions, and City Staffs throughout the State of Texas.

The Rules and Powers of the Zoning Board of Adjustment, seminar given to the members of Zoning Board of Adjustments and City Staffs, throughout the State of Texas.

A River Runs Through It - A Little Water Never Hurt Anything, Suing and Defending Governmental Entities, sponsored by the State Bar of Texas, Galveston, Texas July 2002, Dallas, Texas September 2002, and Austin, Texas October 2002.

Course Planning Committee - Suing and Defending Governmental Entities, sponsored by the State Bar of Texas, Galveston, Texas July 2002, Dallas, Texas September 2002, and Austin, Texas October 2002.

Water and Liability - Are We All Washed Up?, How Zoning and Plat Approvals Can Create Liability for Flooding and Drainage Claims. A short course on Planning and Zoning for public officials and attorneys, sponsored by The Institute for Local Government Studies of The Center for American and International Law, Plano, Texas, June 27, 2003.

The Impacts of the 78th Legislative Sessions on Texas. A keynote address to the Mayors and elected Officials of Tarrant County, Texas. Annual Tarrant County Mayors' Roundtable Dinner; Fidelity Investments Corporate Campus, Westlake, Texas, September 4, 2003.

Recent Trends in Development Law. A legal review of rules, regulations, and recent case law governing land use, zoning and development in Texas. A speech given to the Texas Society of Professional Engineers; Fort Worth Petroleum Club, Fort Worth, Texas, September 11, 2003.

Land Use and Drainage: A Liability Overview. A legal review of recent developments in the area of drainage law and land use. A speech given to the Texas Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers, North Richland Hills, Texas, May 17, 2004.

Drainage and Land Use: Like Mixing Oil and Water. An Overview of Texas Drainage Law and Potential Conflicts with Zoning and Associated Liabilities. Seminar given on Planning and Zoning for public officials and attorneys, sponsored by the Institute for Local Government Studies of The Center for American and International Law, Plano, Texas, June 30, 2004.

The Pressure Points of Land Use and Zoning Law. Speech given to the Midwest Section of the American Planning Association, city of Fort Worth Botanical Gardens, Fort Worth, Texas, October 1, 2004.

Controlling Cellular and wireless Towers: What Every City Needs to Know Article published in the October 2004, American Planning Association Midwest Section Magazine.

Drainage Law in Texas: Can Cities and Developers Weather the Storm? 8th Annual Land Use Planning Law Conference, sponsored by the University of Texas at Austin School of Law, Austin, Texas, March 10-11, 2005.

Rookie School - A training seminar for newly-elected Mayors and City Council members in Tarrant County, sponsored by the Northeast Leadership Forum, June 17, 2005.

Drainage Law in Texas: Can Cities and Developers Weather the Storm? An overview of recent court cases and the impact on developers and governmental entities. Planning and Zoning for Public Officials and Attorneys, sponsored by The Center for American and International Law, Plano, Texas, June 30, 2005.

Liability of Cities and Property Owners for Damages Arising Out of Plat Approval and Subdivision Improvements. Speech given to The Center for American and International Law, Plano, Texas, November 2, 2005.

Liability of Cities and Property Owners for Damages Arising Out of Plat Approval and Subdivision Improvement. Article published in LexisNexis Matthew Bender's 2006 Publication of Institute on Planning, Zoning and Eminent Domain.

Municipal Regulation of Gas and Oil Drilling. Lecture sponsored by Tarrant County Bar Association, May, 2008.

What Lurks Beneath?  Municipal Regulation of Oil and Gas Drilling. Presented at The Institute for Local Government Legal Studies, Planning and Zoning for Lawyers, Planners and Public Officials.  May 29, 2009.  Plano, Texas.

Bar Admissions

Texas, 1990
U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 1990
U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1990
U.S. Supreme Court, 1999

Education

St. Mary's University School of Law, San Antonio, Texas, 1990
J.D.

Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX, 1987
B.A.

Professional Associations and Memberships

College of the State Bar
Member