Chris Barteau

Of Counsel, Real Estate Group

Chris Barteau

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Chris Barteau is a real estate attorney with experience managing commercial real estate transactions, project financing, and drafting and negotiating construction agreements. He previously held the role of in-house counsel as Assistant General Counsel for a private real estate company and for an auto repair company. Before that, Chris focused primarily on oil and gas transactions and mergers and acquisitions.

Areas of Focus

  • Commercial real estate
  • Corporate and real estate financing
  • Complex business transactions
  • Corporate governance

Quick Facts

  • State Bar of Texas
    • Corporate Counsel, Business Law, Oil, Gas & Energy Law sections
  • South Texas College of Law

Chris Barteau is Of Counsel in the firm’s Real Estate Group. His practice is focused on commercial real estate transactions with an emphasis on commercial multi-family and mixed-use projects. He has experience as the lead attorney on numerous land and development deals and construction loan financings.

He previously served as assistant general counsel for a private real estate company specializing in high-quality multi-family and mixed-use properties nationwide. He was also the assistant general counsel and lead real estate attorney for a large automotive repair corporation where he managed more than 70 real estate transactions and worked closely with company executives and lenders to negotiate revolving credit and construction loans. He also was responsible for drafting and negotiating construction agreements with the company’s general contractors.

Chris earned his J.D., cum laude, from South Texas College of Law where he received the Transactional Law Practice Certificate. He worked full-time during law school as a petroleum landman and took classes at night. He was a member of the South Texas Law Review.


  • JD, South Texas College of Law (Cum Laude)
  • BBA, University of Texas at San Antonio


  • State Bar of Texas
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Institute for Energy Law

Drafted and negotiated purchase and sale agreements for complex mixed-use (primarily multifamily) real estate development projects in multiple states with an aggregate project cost of over $1 billion.

Drafted ancillary agreements with equity partners and adjacent owners, including joint development agreements, CC&Rs, reciprocal easement agreements, crane-swing, tie-back and support easements.

Served as lead attorney supervising over 70 real estate purchase and sale transactions from letter of intent to closing. Advised brokers on LOI terms. Drafted and negotiated purchase and sale agreements. Supervised title review and curative matters. Drafted and negotiated easements, development agreements, conveyance instruments, construction loan agreements and associated loan documents, and other closing documents.

Formed and drafted organizational documents for several limited liability companies and corporations in multiple states for a range of businesses, including an oil field services company, freestanding emergency medical care facilities, behavioral therapy providers, and an operator of multiple toxicology laboratories.

Represented a US seller of consumable products in the drafting and negotiation of a distribution agreement with a Mexican manufacturer.

Represented a hospitality company in the formation of various operating entities and private offerings of equity securities to investors.

Represented an international seller of electrical insulators in connection with its commercial operations, including warehousing and transportation agreements, master agreements with customers, suppliers and vendors, including the establishment of standard terms and conditions with respect to each.

Represented a New York data aggregation and marketing company in all commercial real estate transactions for its offices in multiple states.

Co-counsel for health care holding company in the $36 million sale of its PPO line of business.

Represented a health care provider in the sale of two freestanding emergency medical care facilities.