Sandy Hellums-Gomez initially joined Thompson & Horton as Counsel in 2012 after almost a decade in the Haynes and Boone Public Law and Litigation Sections. She became partner in January 2015. Sandy serves a variety of public entities in addition to schools including cities, counties, transportation districts, and port authorities. She provides general counsel, litigation, and transactional services with an emphasis on infrastructure projects, procurement, commercial and land use disputes. She also has extensive experience in condemnation, civil rights, elections law, legislative analysis, and open government. Prior to entering private practice, Sandy served as a Briefing Attorney to the Honorable Leslie Brock Yates on the Fourteenth Court of Appeals.
Advised rail district regarding commuter rail feasibility agreement and conformity with ARRA and TxDOT funding requirements.
Counseled school district on joint development of compressed natural gas fueling station in conjunction with local municipality.
Created payment in lieu of taxes agreement for local school district in connection with a foreign trade zone manufacturing subzone application.
Advised economic development corporation regarding local preference procurement criteria and FEMA funding regulations.
Represent school district in nuisance and inverse condemnation case related to construction and operation of bus maintenance and storage facility.
Assisting non-profit organization with land use development of public promenade in EaDo.
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS AND SPEECHES
Ms. Hellums-Gomez has prepared materials for and/or has given presentations on the following topics:
“2015 Legislative Update” and “Best Practices for Business Officers: Procurement and Contracting,” Whitley Penn Public Sector CPE Seminar, April 30, 2015
“Best Practices for Business Officers: Procurement and Contracting,” TASBO 69th Annual Conference, February 19, 2015
“Introduction to Zoning,” TASBO 69th Annual Conference, February 19, 2015
“Best Practices for Business Officers: Procurement and Contracting,” Region IV Education Service Center Seminar (2014)
“Texas 83rd Legislative Update” Whitley Penn CPE for the Public Sector, July 29, 2013 and October 18, 2013.
“Filling the Gap: Public-Private Partnerships In Public Education Infrastructure Development” ABA Education Law
Symposium, August 1, 2013.
“You Signed What? Procurement and Contracting Pitfalls”, Texas Association of Community Colleges, January 24-25, 2013.
“Dealing with the King: Tips for Doing Business with the Government”, Corp. Couns. Rev., May 2012, at 65
“PPPs and Alternative Financing in Education”, forthcoming address to ABA Education Law Symposium, October 5, 2012
“Best Practices in Public Bidding and Procurement”, address to TASBO Summer Conference, June 15, 2012
“Slip Slidin’ Away: Easements, Avulsion, Access, and the Ever Changing Law of Beachfront Property”, reprinted in At the Cutting Edge 2011: Land Use Law from the Urban Lawyer (Dwight H. Merriam, ed., ABA Press 2011)
“Water Law and Policy”, Address to the American Planning Association Law and Policy Conference, September 19, 2011
“Introduction to Open Records”, Address to Houston Corporate Paralegal Association, September 14, 2011
“Slip Slidin’ Away: Easements, Avulsion, Access, and the Ever Changing Law of Beachfront Property”, The Urban Lawyer (Summer 2011)
“Local Land Use Regulation of Oil & Gas Development”, Address to ABA Government Operations Committee, April 20, 2011
“Identifying Your True Client for In-House Counsel”, In-House CLE presented to Service Corporation International
“Texas Supreme Court Resets Public Information Act Deadline”, 47 The Houston Lawyer, March/April, 2010
“Who’s the Boss: Determining your True Client When Representing a Governmental Entity”, Address before Suing and Defending Governmental Entities 101, July, 2010
“The ABC’s of Sovereign Immunity”, Address before Suing and Defending Governmental Entities Boot Camp, July, 2009
“The ABC’s of the Use of Outside Counsel”, Address before Suing and Defending Governmental Entities Boot Camp, July 23, 2008
“A Long and Winding Road: Federal Funding for Interstate Toll Roads”, 40 The Urban Lawyer (Summer 2008)
“Sovereign Immunity on Quantum Merit Claims”, 45 The Houston Lawyer (Nov/Dec 2007)
“Note, Bits and Bites: The Carnivore Initiative and the Search and Seizure of E-Mail”, 10 Wm. & Mary Bill Rts., J. 2002
“Privacy Law and the Challenge of New Communications Technologies: An Analysis of Encryption and Digital Telephony (1999)”, (M. A. Thesis, University of Houston) (On file with the University of Houston)