Real Estate

OUR REAL ESTATE TEAM covers the entire spectrum of commercial real estate-related representation. Many of our lawyers are frequent lecturers and seminar speakers on topics relating to real estate law, commercial leasing, hospitality and emerging legal topics.

We have represented and advised entrepreneurial, corporate and institutional owners and developers of commercial real estate at the local, national and international level. Projects we have worked on include acquisition, development and operation of:

  • Apartments & Condominiums
  • Commercial Business Parks
  • Hotels, Golf Resorts & Conference Centers
  • Industrial Facilities & Parks
  • Land
  • Management & Leasing
  • Manufacturing & Refinancing Facilities
  • Master Planned Residential Subdivisions & Communities
  • Medical Service Facilities
  • Multi-Pad Developments & Freestanding Retail
  • Office Buildings
  • Project Financing
  • Public/Private Partnerships
  • Retail Shopping Centers & Malls
  • Transit-Oriented Development

We have provided effective service in related areas of the industry, including finance, strategic planning and equity structuring, vision management, investment and equity capital formation, environmental law issues, construction law and contracts, real estate management, operation and consulting, land use, and commercial leasing and lease enforcement. 

Representative transactions

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Multifamily
  • Represented a Houston-based real estate company in development, acquisition and disposition of multifamily projects in Houston and surrounding areas.
  • Represented a Houston-based development company in land acquisition, financing, construction and disposition of multifamily properties in Ohio, Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky and Florida.
  • Represented a New York-based foreign investor group in acquisition of $35 million apartment portfolio from major national insurance company.
  • Represented an owner of 10,000+ apartment units in the Houston area in connection with property disposition and development and bankruptcy cases.
  • Represented a Houston-based developer of student-housing apartments in Austin, Texas.
  • Represented a New Jersey-based investment group partnered with major national multifamily investor in Philadelphia in the acquisition of a $33 million apartment project in Houston, and representation of same client in partnership negotiations for a $15 million apartment project acquisition in Houston.
  • Local counsel in Texas for multifamily residential community developer based in Atlanta, Georgia (building in multiple markets in the southern and southwestern United States), with regard to apartment land acquisition, development, disposition and operations in Texas.
Hotel / Hospitality
  • Lead counsel for global leader in resort and executive center business in connection with acquisition, development, financing and disposition of conference resorts and conference hotels in the United States, Canada and Europe.
  • Represented an affiliate of a publicly held British hotel and resort development firm in its acquisition, financing and disposition of branded hotel properties in Houston, San Antonio and Austin, including the Sheraton Grand Hotel (now the Hotel Derek), Houston, Texas.
  • Represented the developer of The Houstonian, a complex including high-rise condominium product, a hotel and conference center, a health and fitness club and related amenities, beginning with land assembly, construction, financing and sale.
  • Represented a Los Angeles-based investor in the acquisition and disposition of Holiday Inns in Dallas, Texas.
  • Represented a New York-based real estate hedge fund investor in connection with the development of the San Antonio 1,000-room Grand Hyatt Convention Center Hotel.
  • Represented a Houston-based real estate operating company in connection with acquisition of two marinas in South Carolina.
Industrial Acquisition and Development
  • Represented a purchaser in the acquisition and financing of 69,000 SF new construction, office/warehouse facility in Rosenberg, Texas, leased to a subsidiary of a New York Stock Exchange company on absolute triple net basis.
  • Represented a Houston-based development company in connection with purchase to build for resale of lease warehouse, office/service and manufacturing space, including crane-served warehouse buildings, in Houston and surrounding areas, and leasing of existing building portfolio.
  • Represented a large U.S. metal processor and distributor in connection with acquisition, development and disposition of warehouse and office service facilities for operations throughout the southeast and southwest U.S., including tax inducement agreements.
  • Represented a Houston-based investor in purchase and disposition of five closed steel plant facilities from a large steel manufacturing company.
  • Represented a North Carolina-based distribution company in connection with acquisition and leasing of office/service and warehouse facilities in Houston area.
  • Represented a local developer in development, acquisition and expansion of distribution and warehouse facilities in Houston.
  • Represented a U.S. affiliate of international logistics company in acquisition, financing, and disposition of warehouse facilities in Houston.
  • Represented a Houston-based development company in connection with acquisition and subsequent disposition of former industrial manufacturing facility subject to voluntary clean up program administered by Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
Land Acquisition and Development
  • Represented Trendmaker Homes, Inc. in connection with the acquisition of 372 acres in Houston for the development of a 700-home residential community – the first new homes built in the area since the 1990s. The project involved land bank financing for acquisition and development costs.
  • Assisted individual guarantors in the development, negotiation and implementation of a plan for repayment of approximately $85 million of mortgage indebtedness secured by real property subject to significant declines in value.
  • Represented a large residential development and homebuilding company in its development of:
    • 400+ acre residential subdivision in far West Houston, Fry Road/I-10 area
    • 3,000 acre residential mixed commercial and residential subdivision in far West Houston, near Grand Parkway
    • 550+ acre large-lot subdivision in Montgomery County, Texas
    • Approximately 300 acre residential subdivision in Fort Bend County/Hwy 288 area
    • 3,000 acre mixed-use residential and commercial subdivision in Ft. Bend County, Texas
  • Represented a combined local/foreign investment group in development of 300-acre mixed-use business park development in West Houston.
  • Represented an Austin-based development company in connection with 100+ acre Austin business park development.
  • Represented an East Coast investment group in acquisition of interest in 600-acre mixed-use land development near Austin/Bergstrom Airport in Austin, Texas.
  • Represented an international investment group formed by Houston-based developer in the acquisition, redevelopment, financing and sale of the 200-acre office park in Northwest Houston, and conversion to mixed-use residential and commercial master-planned project.
  • Represented a brown fields redevelopment company in connection with acquisition of former electrical generating facility for redevelopment of a residential community.
  • Represented a local development group in connection with development of mixed-use lifestyle center in Houston.
  • Represented a Houston–based development company in connection with acquisition of a former plantation in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and development for multifamily and commercial uses.
Management and Leasing

Representation of landlords in their major lease negotiations:

  • 94,000+ square foot lease of mothballed building by a Northeast U.S.-based mortgage company
  • 45,000 square foot office lease later expanded to 80,000 by major international engineering company
  • 55,000 square foot office lease (and expansion to 95,000 square feet) by major Houston-based energy company
  • 92,000+ square foot lease to bank in Houston building being fully renovated for new occupancy
  • 174,000 square foot lease of office space in the West Loop / Uptown area of Houston to a major financial institution
  • 354,000 square foot lease of office space in the Westchase District of Houston to an international engineering company
  • 294,000 square foot lease of office space in the Houston Galleria submarket by a global oil and gase exploration and production company
Tenant Representation
  • Represented a U.S. affiliate of large geophysical exploration firm based in France in connection with 50,000 square feet office lease and relocation to 80,000+/- square feet office space in office building being reopened and redeveloped for its occupancy.
  • Represented an energy company in negotiation of 35,000 square feet office lease in greenspoint area of Houston.
  • Represented a retail franchising company in full-floor office lease in northwest Houston.
  • Represented an executive placement company based in Houston in negotiation of 17,000 square feet office space in building then under construction for new occupancy.
  • Represented an airline parts company in negotiation of lease for 400,000 square feet office and warehouse facility in Florida.
Master Planned Residential Subdivisions
  • Represented a large residential development and homebuilding company in its development of:
    • 400+ acre residential subdivision in far West Houston, Fry Road/I-10 area
    • 3,000 acre residential mixed commercial and residential subdivision in far West Houston, near Grand Parkway
    • 550+ acre large-lot subdivision in Montgomery County, Texas
    • Approximately 300 acre residential subdivision in Fort Bend County/Hwy 288 area
    • 3,000 acre mixed-use residential and commercial subdivision in Ft. Bend County, Texas
  • Represented a combined local/foreign investment group in development of 300-acre mixed-use business park development in West Houston.
  • Represented an Austin-based development company in connection with 100+ acre Austin business park development.
  • Represented an East Coast investment group in acquisition of interest in 600-acre mixed-use land development near Austin/Bergstrom Airport in Austin, Texas.
  • Represented an international investment group formed by Houston-based developer in the acquisition, redevelopment, financing and sale of the 200-acre office park in Northwest Houston, and conversion to mixed-use residential and commercial master-planned project.
  • Represented a brown fields redevelopment company in connection with acquisition of former electrical generating facility for redevelopment of a residential community.
  • Represented a local development group in connection with development of mixed-use lifestyle center in Houston.
  • Represented a Houston–based development company in connection with acquisition of a former plantation in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and development for multifamily and commercial uses.
Medical Facilities
  • Represented a Texas-based hospital system in connection with acquisition, disposition, financing and/or formation of joint ventures constructing, owning and/or operating:
    • Acute Care Hospitals
    • Ambulatory Surgery Centers
    • Cancer Centers
    • Imaging Centers
    • Long-Term Acute Care Hospitals
    • Medical and Professional Office Buildings
    • Skilled Nursing Facilities
    • Wellness Centers
Multi-Pad Developments and Freestanding Retail
  • Acquisition and repositioning of West Hill Mall, Huntsville.
  • Multi-pad retail, service and motel subdivision in Southwest Techniplex, Houston.
  • Development of Bull Creek Center, Austin, Texas, on ground lease from owner.
  • Represented a developer of master planned mixed-use residential and commercial communities in connection with retail land sales.
  • Represented a national truck rental company in connection with local retail portfolio.
  • Represented a Chicago-based owner of shopping centers throughout Texas in connection with lease enforcement activity.
  • Represented a Houston-based developer in acquisition, leasing and construction of community shopping centers in master planned communities in Houston and vicinity.
  • Represented a Houston-based developer of strip centers and retail pad developments in Houston, Austin and surrounding areas, including build-to-suit and ground lease transaction.
  • Represented a Houston-based developer of mid-sized shopping centers in Houston area.
  • Represented a consolidator-buyer of car wash properties throughout Southwest United States.
Office Buildings
  • Represented a Texas-based real estate company in acquisition and repositioning of over two million square feet of office building product in Houston.
  • Represented a Dallas-based investment group in acquisition, financing and disposition of multiple office buildings in Houston and surrounding markets.
  • Represented a Houston-based full-service real estate company for over 25 years in connection with acquisition and leasing of multiple office buildings in the Houston and Austin markets.
  • Represented a Houston-based investment company in acquisition and leasing of office properties in the Greenspoint area of Houston.
  • Represented a Houston-based development firm in land acquisition for and construction and leasing of low and mid-rise office and/or medical office buildings (buildings of approximately 150,000-250,000 square feet) in Houston, Austin and Dallas.
  • Represented a Houston-based development firm in land acquisition and construction of mid-rise office building product in Houston and Austin.
  • Represented a Houston-based development company in build-to-suit for lease or sale of office and office/service product throughout Houston and surrounding areas.
  • Represented a California-based real estate firm in connection with acquisition of over 2 million square feet of office building in Dallas and Houston.
Project Financing
  • Assisted individual guarantors in the development, negotiation and implementation of a plan for repayment of approximately $85 million of mortgage indebtedness secured by real property subject to significant declines in value.
  • Represented a retail, office, multifamily and hospitality borrowers in acquisition financing and refinancing of existing properties across Texas and the United States in conduit lending transactions ranging from U.S. $2 million to over U.S. $125 million.
  • Represented an office, multifamily and hospitality borrowers in connection with loans funded by insurance companies and pension funds, ranging from approximately U.S. $1.5 million to U.S. $50 million.
  • Represented an office, multifamily, industrial, office/service, land development and hospitality borrowers in conventional financings and refinancing of properties in loan transactions ranging from under U.S. $1 million to over U.S. $50 million, including construction loans, interim or mini-perm financing and permanent loans.
  • Represented developers and acquirers of retail, multifamily, single purpose build-to-suit and other income producing property in sale-leaseback transactions.
  • Represented buyers and developers of hospitality product, including limited service, and conferencing center and resort product, in financing transactions involving lending sources in the United States and overseas, including financings and refinancing with banks such as:
    • Barclays Bank PLC, London
    • Deutsche Bank, Germany
    • SNS Bank, The Netherlands
    • Governor and Company of the Bank of Scotland
    • Chase Bank, New York
    • Calyon Bank
  • Represented buyers, developers and owners of single purpose buildings, special use facilities, and multifamily residential product through loans funded by or under government loan programs, including loans such as:
    • Small Business Financings
    • Fannie Mae (FHMA) Loans
    • Loans for Historical and Preservation or Renovation Projects
    • Program Loans for Low and Moderate Income Apartment Properties
    • Public Housing and Community Development Loans
    • Securitized Loans and Conduit Financings
Retail Shopping Centers and Malls
  • Acquisition and repositioning of West Hill Mall, Huntsville, Texas.
  • Multi-Pad retail, service and motel subdivision in Southwest Techniplex, Houston.
  • Development of Bull Creek Center, Austin, Texas, on ground lease from owner.
  • Represented a developer of master planned mixed-use residential and commercial communities in connection with retail land sales.
  • Represented a national truck rental company in connection with local retail portfolio.
  • Represented a Chicago-based owner of shopping centers throughout Texas in connection with lease enforcement activity.
  • Represented a Houston-based developer in acquisition, leasing and construction of community shopping centers in master planned communities in Houston and vicinity.
  • Represented a Houston-based developer of strip centers and retail pad developments in Houston, Austin and surrounding areas, including build-to-suit and ground lease transaction.
  • Represented a Houston-based developer of mid-sized shopping centers in Houston area.
  • Represented a consolidator-buyer of car wash properties throughout Southwest United States.
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