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A National Footprint of Real Estate Development Counsel

Winstead attorneys guide clients in relation to prominent real estate projects across the nation.

Projects that define the future of high-density, multiownership in Dallas, Houston, Fort Worth, San Antonio and Austin.  The revitalization of an iconic New York sports facility.  Commercial developments and luxury residential high-rises in California’s most competitive markets and the construction and development of commercial, residential and mixed-use projects in Washington, D.C., Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, Nevada, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

Representing regional and national real estate developers and investors, Winstead attorneys advise and guide clients’ sales, purchases, equity investments and funding.

We navigate legal requirements, negotiate and structure ownership and transactions, and manage risk.

Winstead real estate attorneys have a 40-year strong project portfolio that includes:

  • Airport and Hangar Facilities
  • Apartments
  • Build-to-Suit Projects
  • Condominiums
  • Healthcare & Life Sciences Real Estate
  • High Density Urban Projects
  • Industrial and Warehouses
  • Mixed-Use Projects
  • Office Buildings
  • Public/Private Projects
  • Resorts
  • Restaurants and Hospitality
  • Retail and Shopping Centers
  • Sports Venues
  • Zoning and Entitlements

At the Center of Real Estate

Because the time-cost axis is at the core of real estate development and investments, Winstead attorneys achieve efficiency and client savings throughout the process.

We cut through deal-stopping regulations, expedite approvals and reduce closing time by using experience, state-of-the-art documentation and due diligence resources.

In recognition of the caliber of our attorneys, Winstead's real estate practice is listed in the Chambers USA Guide to America (Chambers & Partners Publishing), band 1 in Texas, and a number of our attorneys are members of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, the American College of Mortgage Attorneys and the Association of Life Insurance Counsel.

Big Projects. Comprehensive Counsel.

From the acquisition and disposition of multijurisdictional portfolios and billion dollar developments, to strategic tax credit counsel and environmental regulatory compliance, Winstead’s attorneys advise developers and investors across the full spectrum of commercial real estate challenges and requirements.

Leasing.  Equity infusions.  Construction financing.  Contracts, agreements and covenants, conditions and restrictions.  Permitting, zoning, land use, entitlements and public assistance.  Co-ownerships and mixed-use divisions.  Property management.  Tax structuring.

To resolve the many issues involved in real estate transactions, Winstead attorneys deploy the vast resources of our integrated business law firm.  A strategic combination of big-picture perspective and area-specific technical and tactical knowledge.

For clients, this results in comprehensive, convenient and seasoned counsel that ensures that value is added to every project. 

Condominium Counsel

Winstead’s experience in vertical subdivision in metropolitan areas is a cornerstone of our real estate development and investment counsel.

Fluent in the complex statutes that govern common ownership and disclosure on the state and federal levels, our attorneys manage permitting, construction, conversions and all phases of developments.

Fully immersed in the unique aspects of condominium development, including in mixed-use projects, we are strategic negotiators knowledgeable in complex structures.  Our attorneys focus on critical details and the time-cost sensitivities of our clients’ projects.

Winstead’s experience managing the requirements of the Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act provides an advantage to developers.  On many projects we are able to assist in identifying an available exemption.  However, when registration is required, we work with clients to gather all applicable information, produce the necessary registration filing and prosecute the filing to conclusion with diligence and efficiency.


Real Estate Development and Investment Projects

  • NBA Sports Arena in Houston – Winstead team worked closely with the sports authority client and underwriting team to maximize funding of three new sports facilities.  Site acquisition and eminent domain litigation were among the legal issues involved. 
  • NFL $650 Million Stadium Complex Development – Represent Dallas team in Master Agreement negotiations and actively advocate during successful voter referendum approving project and financing. 
  • 1.4 Million sq. ft. Office Building – For this East Coast high profile project, Winstead attorneys structured parcel ownership division and prevented a significant tax liability during our acquisition, development and construction counsel. 
  • Manhattan Office Building – $105 million acquisition on behalf of a private equity fund. 
  • Mixed-Use Project – Construction and development of a $56 million complex in downtown Fairfax, VA on behalf of a private equity fund. 
  • Casualty-Distressed Office Tower – Purchase and redevelopment of structure in downtown Fort Worth. 
  • Retail Groundlease Portfolio – Finance and acquisition of a 72-site $47 million deal for a national real estate company. 
  • Multifamily Projects – Zone and develop numerous developments, ranging from $8 to $17 million, in central Texas on behalf of a foreign real estate development company. 
  • Mixed-Use Planned Development – Restructure a 480-acre project in Pinellas Park, Florida for the developer. 
  • Assisted Care Facilities – Development of 10 Texas sites on behalf of developer. 
  • Build-to-Suit Development –Represent a public real estate company in their development of a Texas corporate campus for a public telecommunications and technology company. 
  • International Restaurant – Represent company with leasing and development of over 50 restaurant sites 
  • Redevelopment of Major Houston Mall – Project was developed in phases, which required the creation of horizontal condominium ownership pieces to keep lender collateral segregated and protect the total pool of assets against construction liabilities during each phase.

Selected Condominium Projects

  • 295 mixed-use residential units plus hotel, office and retail - Dallas (Victory Development) 
  • Mixed-use residential and retail units – Dallas (West Village) (West Village II) (City Place I) 
  • 247 residential units – Las Colinas (The Grand Treviso) 
  • 141 residential units – Dallas (The Mayfair at Turtle Creek) 
  • Mixed-use residential and retail – Fort Worth (former Tandy Center) 
  • Mixed-use hotel and residential – Downtown Austin 
  • 89 residential units – Houston (West University) 
  • 45 residential units – Dallas (Uptown)