Shams S. Merchant
Shams S. Merchant advises clients on a wide range of real estate and business transactions encompassing the acquisition, divestiture, financing (interim, construction, permanent, mezzanine, CMBS, and life insurance), leasing (office, industrial, retail, hospitality, build-to-suit, ground, and sale/leaseback), and development of both commercial and residential properties, including retail, multi-family, office, industrial, hotel, self-storage, condominiums, and mixed-use developments. He also assists clients in structuring and establishing business entities, joint-ventures, and private investment funds tailored to the needs of real estate development and ownership. Shams has represented well-known Texas developers, investment funds, regional and multi-national companies, and other major real estate players.
Uniquely, Shams has a passion for adaptive reuse and has represented clients in numerous adaptive reuse and redevelopment projects in Texas, four of which received the Development of Distinction award by the Urban Land Institute and two of which received the Landmark Award for Houston’s top real estate projects by the Houston Business Journal.
Shams is known for his ability to get deals done while looking out for his clients’ interests. An efficient and effective attorney, Shams works quickly and breaks things down for his clients.
Shams also has extensive experience representing landlords and tenants in complex commercial lease disputes, buy-outs, and terminations. Furthermore, Shams has handled complex litigation involving business and real estate matters, including breach of contracts, landlord-tenant issues, real estate fraud, and title and boundary disputes.
Prior to joining Jackson Walker, Shams practiced at a leading Texas law firm with offices in Houston and Dallas.
B.B.A., magna cum laude, University of Houston
- Treasurer, Phi Alpha Delta
- Gamma Iota Sigma
J.D., University of Houston Law Center
- Dean’s List
- Houston Bar Association Construction Law Section Scholarship
- Houston Bar Association Real Estate Law Section Scholarship
- Moderator, “Creating the Winning Formula in 2023 and Beyond: How to Capitalize on the Experiential Retail and Retailtainment in a Post-Covid Era,” Dallas-Fort Worth Experiential Retail & Mixed-Use (October 2023)
- State Bar of Texas
- Houston Bar Association, Real Estate Section
- South Asian Bar Association, Houston
- CCIM Houston-Gulf Coast
- Urban Land Institute
- Montgomery-Grimes Municipal Utility District 146, Board Member
December 4, 2023Newsletters
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October 12, 2023Speaking Engagements
Shams Merchant to Moderate Panel Discussion on the Current State of Retail and Experiential Retail Developments
Jackson Walker attorney Shams S. Merchant will serve as the moderator during a panel discussion on Wednesday, October 18, 2023, at the Dallas-Fort Worth Experiential Retail & Mixed-Use event.