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Chad S. Smith

Chad S. Smith


Chad Smith is an experienced real estate lawyer who has helped both sellers and purchasers of all types of real estate, including raw land, office complexes, industrial projects and retail centers. Mr. Smith is regularly involved in retail, office, warehouse and ground lease negotiations on behalf of both landlords and tenants. He has experience in real estate development, including the negotiation and preparation of declarations of covenants, conditions and restrictions, easement agreements, development agreements, construction agreements and the formation of property owners' associations. He has represented both borrowers and lenders in residential and commercial lending transactions including construction loans, development loans, and purchase and sale transactions, as well as both wind energy development companies and individual landowners during negotiations of wind energy leases. Mr. Smith also does general contract work, including the formation of entities and the sale and purchase of businesses.

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Representative Matters

  • Represented purchaser of 25+ retail sites around the country on a +/-$20 million dollar transaction (two-phase closing)

  • Represented purchaser of portion of assets of major homebuilder on a +/-$10 million dollar transaction

  • Represented seller of ownership interests of major homebuilder on a +/-$50 million dollar transaction in 2014

  • Represented landlords of large downtown office buildings on +/-40 new leases or amendments to existing leases in 2014

  • Represented clients in negotiations of new leases or amendments to existing leases on over100 leases in 2014

  • Represented clients in negotiations of subleases of existing leases on +/-15 properties in 2014

  • Over the last 5 years have negotiated retail leases for or against over 50 popular name brand retailers

  • Represented purchaser of all assets of a water supplier for a Texas city on a +/-$4 million dollar transaction and related contracts with such city and residents

  • Represented one client in connection with leasing +/-10 locations in Texas for a new restaurant venture, one client in connection with growing an existing restaurant venture to over 10 new locations, and another client with leasing five new locations inside and outside Texas for a fast food venture

  • Represented wind farm developer negotiating wind leases with local land owners in Texas, Kansas, and Oklahoma

  • Represented retail developer in purchasing, due diligence, encumbering with easements and restrictive covenants, and sale or long-term leasing 30+ different sites, mainly in Texas but also outside of Texas

  • Represented client in purchase and sale of numerous nursing care facilities in Texas and Louisiana

  • Represented clients on several large ranch acquisitions in Texas

  • Represented clients on sale, purchase and leasing of large student housing developmentsinside and outside of Texas, including a $50 million dollar acquisition in 2014

  • Assisted restaurants and companies in expanding or relocating to Texas

  • Represented client in connection with $63 million dollar development of a large downtown hotel in Austin in 2014

  • Represented clients in connection with acquisition and disposition of golf courses, related facilities and surrounding communities

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Community Involvement

Mr. Smith has coached several baseball seasons in the Western Hills Little League, Western Hills Girls Softball League, Westlake Soccer, and West Austin Youth Basketball and has been a guest lecturer at the University of Texas McCombs School of Business Real Estate Finance and Investment Center. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the Real Estate Section of the Travis County Bar Association, the Texas Bar Foundation, the Real Estate Council of Austin, Coastal Conservation Association - Austin and also previously served on the Board of Directors for Junior Achievement of Central Texas. He is currently President of Western Hills Little League and serves on the Board of Directors of West Austin Youth Association and Casner Christian Academy.

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  • Chad S. Smith
Austin Office
T: 512.236.2029
F: 512.391.2117

Practice Areas

B.A., The University of Texas at Austin

J.D., The University of Texas School of Law

Mr. Smith attended La Universidad de País Vasco (San Sebastián, Spain - Fall 1999).
Bar Admissions

  • 2000, Texas
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