In preparation for a recent hearing against the City of Houston challenging the drainage fee charges against its clients, Barchus soaked himself with ditch water in his free time.
Representing multiple clients and multiple properties in the case, it became difficult to remember the specific ditches, creeks and bayous that each properties’ drainage flowed. The legal title to these watercourses were also in dispute, and under Texas law the answers are sometimes contingent on the navigability of the streams and bayous.
"It allowed us to gain a valued perspective on the case, and it helped us win. I certainly didn’t forget the facts during argument…or the distinct smell along the journey" Barchus said.
As lawyers, sometimes it is easy to pile documents on your desk and bury yourself in the minutia of the evidence. Viewing the evidence first hand allows you to visualize your arguments and articulate your facts in a way that makes it easier for others to understand. Even if you have to get dirty, your clients may thank you in the end.