Mr. Thomas is a partner in the firm’s Houston office.  He focuses on real property for a variety of matters ranging from traditional real estate transactions to requirements for energy and other projects. 

Traditional Real Estate

Mr. Thomas has experience in a wide range of traditional real estate matters, including drafting and negotiating development agreements, construction contracts, restrictions agreements, purchase and sale agreements, ground leases, facility and office leases, and construction and permanent loan documents. He also has formed commercial and residential condominium regimes, including for mixed uses.  His experience includes representing developers and users in site acquisition and development matters, including requirements for access, utilities, detention, drainage, use restrictions and economic incentive arrangements.   He has also represented lenders in connection with commercial mortgage loan originations, workouts and foreclosures.

Energy and Other Projects

Mr. Thomas has worked on all aspects of real property requirements for energy and other projects, including drafting and negotiating leases, easements and other real property agreements, satisfying title insurance requirements, reviewing and revising property tax abatement agreements and resolving conflicts between mineral and surface development.  His experience includes considerable work in connection with renewable energy projects, including matters related to development, construction, financing, acquisition and disposition of projects.

  • Energy and Other Projects

    • Represented renewable energy project developer in connection with obtaining tax abatement agreements
    • Represented major utility in connection with real property matters for numerous acquisitions of development-stage wind projects
    • Represented cash equity investor in real property matters related to investment in portfolio of solar projects
    • Assisted developer of LNG projects in Texas and Louisiana in connection with real property and title insurance matters
    • Drafted and negotiated real property documents for sale of assets of large wind development project in Oklahoma
    • Represented developer of solar projects in Texas in drafting and negotiating real property documents, including surface use agreements with mineral interest holders
    • Represented developer in structuring and negotiating option and lease agreement with Indian tribe in Maine for development of a wind power project on tribal land
    • Represented developer in connection with real property matters for financing a wind power project in Idaho
    • Texas counsel to purchaser and affiliate for real estate matters in connection with acquisition and financing of solar power project in Texas

    Real Estate

    • Represented national retailer in connection with numerous store site acquisitions and related development, including ground lease and related development agreements for a novel three-story facility containing stacked big-box stores sharing an intervening garage, and also including a leasehold condominium
    • Represented developer in connection with a development agreement for a mixed-use project, establishment of a commercial condominium and redevelopment of an existing office building
    • Represented purchaser in the simultaneous acquisition of two downtown blocks in a major city with existing improvements and tenants from different sellers and the leaseback of a building to one seller, as well as the subsequent demolition and development and construction of an office building, including construction and permanent financing for the project
    • Represented estate in connection with disposition of extensive land holdings
    • Represented purchaser in connection with acquisition of large ranch in South Texas
    • Represented purchaser in connection acquisition of equestrian facility
    • Represented purchaser in proposed acquisition and development for a major project on the Houston Ship Channel
    • Represented lenders in connection with the negotiation of loan workout amendments and eventual foreclosure of a downtown office building
    • Represented lender in connection with foreclosure of large regional shopping mall