Investment, Leasing, & Management

When it comes to commercial real estate investment, leasing, and management, our attorneys are particularly proficient in all aspects of the process. From assisting clients in choosing the right properties, to timely and cost-effective closings, Jackson Walker has the skill, experience, and dedication to bring our clients’ vision for the property to fruition.

Our projects range from small pad sites and neighborhood centers, to office buildings and high-rises, to large regional malls and megastores. Our multi-property portfolio practice demands that we are engineered to handle large volume projects, creating efficiencies and big-picture industry knowledge. Whether scaling up or handling one-offs, we will ensure the transaction is handled effectively and efficiently.

We have seen it all, so we know the intricacies of the market and the directions it is moving.

Investment

We represent institutional, commercial, or private investors, as well as REITs, pension funds, and opportunity funds, with a keen ability to perceive and protect the differing objectives of each.

We take seriously our obligation to help clients make an informed decision about what property will best suit their investment goals. Risk tolerance changes depending on the client, the asset type, the project, and the objectives. While we strive to maintain a positive can-do attitude, we also recognize that identifying the “pain points” in any real estate investment is crucial to effective representation.

Leasing

The lease is the lifeline of commercial real estate. Our leasing lawyers are actively engaged in the market and handle hundreds of leases a year for landlords and tenants and for all property types. We are deal makers and pride ourselves on providing practical, creative advice for renting commercial properties to complex, large-scale leasing transactions — no matter the size, term, complexity, property type, or purpose of the lease.

Strong leases adapted to the needs of landlords and tenants that are well-suited for each other can mean the difference between success and failure.

When working with landlords, we are keenly aware of the client’s budget needs and the need for transaction efficiency.

When representing tenants, we pay particular attention to market rent provisions, operating cost pass-throughs, tax issues, and other matters that affect the client’s operating costs. We also look at the tenant’s future, ensuring their rights to adjust lease terms according to the demands of their business.

Due to their hybrid nature between acquisition and leasing, ground leases are unique to the commercial real estate market. They create additional complications such as who receives condemnation awards or insurance proceeds and how financing is handled, as well as issues regarding transfer taxes, SDNAs, use restrictions, and liability. Our attorneys have significant experience in ground leasing and pad site development for developers, restaurants, retailers, and more.

Management

We know how to handle large volume clients effectively and efficiently. We manage their preferences across the portfolio, saving them time and ensuring consistency. Our knowledge and understanding of each particular client helps us avoid problems on the front-end and solve them on the back-end.

Successful management requires a comprehensive understanding of the numerous issues essential for successful leasing. From restrictions to signage rights, parking and access, operating covenants, and reciprocal easements, we excel at ensuring the lease addresses these issues in a way that facilitates ease in management.

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Jim Alsup

Jim Alsup

Partner, Austin
512.236.2010

Andrew L. Baumgardner

Andrew L. Baumgardner

Partner, San Antonio
210.978.7748

Lindsey B. Berwick

Lindsey B. Berwick

Partner, San Antonio
210.978.7753

Christopher B. Bradford

Christopher B. Bradford

Senior Counsel, Austin
512.236.2320

Peter R. Broderick

Peter R. Broderick

Partner, San Antonio
210.978.7705

S. Priya Coffey

S. Priya Coffey

Partner, Houston
713.752.4337

Elizabeth Cone

Elizabeth Cone

Associate, Houston
713.752.4343

Lenora DuBose

Lenora DuBose

Partner, Austin
512.236.2079

Tiana DeLeo Dunn

Tiana DeLeo Dunn

Senior Counsel, Houston
713.752.4283

Brett M. Epstein

Brett M. Epstein

Associate, Fort Worth
817.334.7239

Carey L. Hain

Carey L. Hain

Partner, Houston
713.752.4218

Brian S. Harris

Brian S. Harris

Partner, Houston
713.752.4285

Joel W. Heydenburk

Joel W. Heydenburk

Partner, Fort Worth
817.334.7205

Gara R. Hill

Gara R. Hill

Of Counsel, Fort Worth
817.334.7252

Abigail E. Hogan

Abigail E. Hogan

Associate, Houston
713.752.4318

Callie Horne

Callie Horne

Associate, Austin
512.236.2240

Lewis S. Kasner

Lewis S. Kasner

Partner, Houston
713.752.4322

Michael K. Kuhn

Michael K. Kuhn

Partner, Houston
713.752.4309

Taylor A. Lamb

Taylor A. Lamb

Senior Counsel, Houston
713.752.4396

Cale McDowell

Cale McDowell

Partner, Austin
512.236.2057

Travis W. McNellie

Travis W. McNellie

Partner, Fort Worth
817.334.7264

James M. Nias

James M. Nias

Partner, Austin
512.236.2350

Kurt D. Nondorf

Kurt D. Nondorf

Partner, Houston
713.752.4402

Kati Orso

Kati Orso

Partner, Austin
512.236.2236

David W. Parker

David W. Parker

Partner, Houston
713.752.4410

Beth Jenkins Pflomm

Beth Jenkins Pflomm

Senior Counsel, Dallas
214.953.6065

Brett A. Reamer

Brett A. Reamer

Associate, Austin
512.236.2360

Cassie Ross

Cassie Ross

Partner, Austin
512.236.2260

Leah Smith Sanchez

Leah Smith Sanchez

Associate, San Antonio
210.978.7724

Sara C. Thornton

Sara C. Thornton

Associate, Fort Worth
817.334.7272

Michael J. Vecchio

Michael J. Vecchio

Associate, Fort Worth
817.334.7275

Ginger M. Webber

Ginger M. Webber

Partner, Fort Worth
817.334.7244

Kate L. Young

Kate L. Young

Staff Attorney, Austin
512.236.2316

  • Acted as sole counsel for an office fund that purchased 20 Class A office properties to build a portfolio of over $500 million
  • Represented Office REIT on the sale of premier office properties in Houston, D-FW, Albuquerque, Denver, Austin, and New Orleans
  • Represented three separate landlords as leasing counsel for office portfolios of 28 million square feet, 2.5 million square feet, and 1.5 million square feet
  • Negotiated the bondable lease of an office building of over 1 million square feet, coupled with the construction of the office building
  • Negotiated numerous leases of over 250,000 square feet, representing both landlords and tenants
Travis McNellie with Jackson Walker logo

January 22, 2021
Attorney News

Jackson Walker Expands Commercial Leasing Experience With Addition of Fort Worth Partner Travis McNellie

Jackson Walker is pleased to announce the addition of Travis W. McNellie as a partner in the Fort Worth office. Joining our Real Estate practice, Travis boosts the Firm’s experience handling commercial leases, particularly involving office and industrial properties, across Texas and the United States.

More Investment, Leasing, & Management News

  • Retail development
  • Land acquisition
  • Site selection
  • Land use issues
  • Construction issues
  • Ground leases
  • Headquarters leases
  • Warehouse and industrial leases
  • Manufacturing facility leases
  • Subleases
  • Office leases
  • Turnkey leases
  • Build-to-suit leases

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