Overview

Bruce Merwin is a Texas real estate attorney who has more than 40 years of experience working on all types of complex real estate transactions. Mr. Merwin has a particular emphasis in design and construction-related transactions; office building, apartment and condominium development; industrial projects; leasing; land development projects; and the purchase and sale of unimproved and improved property, including portfolio transactions. He has experience with drafting many different types of construction-related documents, including crane easements, temporary airspace use agreements and master service agreements.

Mr. Merwin also has substantial experience in working with Texas and national developers of multifamily projects, industrial projects (with private rail facilities), mixed-use projects and assisted living centers, including Alzheimer's facilities.

Mr. Merwin is Board Certified in Commercial Real Estate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. In addition, Mr. Merwin is one of only a few attorneys in Texas to be listed in both Real Estate Law and Construction Law in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America guide and has been listed in both categories since 2001.

Representative Experience

  • Represents developers and numerous major tenants in leasing and build-out of multiple floors of office buildings and build-to-suit office/warehouse projects, including tenant work letters
  • Represented a major tenant at the Hudson Yards project in New York City

  • Represents borrowers in all types of real estate financing, including commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) and Credit Tenant Lease (CTL) loans
  • Represents portfolio sellers of apartment complexes (with defeasance requirements)
  • Represents equity investors and developers entering into joint ventures for the development of all types of commercial mixed-use projects
  • Represented the real estate affiliate of a major life insurance company investing in more than 50 development transactions in the United States with respect to design and construction contracts and related loan document provisions

  • Represents owners in the acquisition of land and subsequent design and construction of industrial and manufacturing projects
  • Represents developers of office and residential condominiums
  • Represented a developer in acquiring land, developing and leasing more than 20 buildings on several 500+ acre tracts for industrial and rail-related developments, including the preparation and negotiation of rail service agreements
  • Represented a land development lender on more than 500 loans and sales of participation interests in Texas, Arizona, Georgia, Florida and North Carolina resumed representing them in 2021

  • Represented owners, developers, architects and contractors in drafting and negotiating more than 150 architect and consultant agreements, construction management, design-build and general construction contracts annually, including multifamily projects, medical buildings, shopping centers and office building projects, including Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) projects
  • Represented architects in negotiating and drafting agreements with respect to the Houston football/rodeo stadium complex and the Houston basketball arena and related parking garage
  • Represented a commercial real estate investment company in connection with architect, construction and development agreements for the construction of the first Virgin Hotel in Texas, located in the Dallas Design District
  • Represented a developer in structuring and documenting the land acquisition, financing, construction and leasing of a multi-building medical complex in The Woodlands
  • Represented a developer in the design and construction of a surgery center, medical office building, acute care hospital and medical office building comprising a total of 265,000 square feet in the Southlake and Fort Worth areas

Credentials

Education
  • The University of Texas School of Law, J.D.
  • The George Washington University, B.A., with distinction and special honors
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Texas
Memberships
  • American Bar Association, Construction Law Forum, Steering Committee - Contract Documents Division
  • American Bar Association, Real Estate, Probate and Trust Section
  • State Bar of Texas, Construction Law Section
  • State Bar of Texas, Real Estate, Probate and Trust Section
  • Houston Bar Association, Construction Law Section
  • Houston Bar Association, Real Estate Section
  • Houston Real Estate Lawyer’s Council
  • Construction Lawyers Society of America, Charter Fellow
Honors & Awards
  • Chambers USA – America's Leading Business Lawyers guide, Construction, 2003-2022
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Real Estate Law and Construction Law, 1999-2022
  • Texas Super Lawyers magazine, Real Estate and Construction, 2003-2020
  • The Legal 500 USA, Recommended Attorney, Real Estate and Construction: Construction; Real Estate and Construction: Real Estate, 2015
  • Rising Star, Texas Super Lawyers magazine, Real Estate, 2004-2009
  • Top 100 Houston Lawyers, Texas Super Lawyers magazine, 2004
  • Page Keeton Fellow, University of Texas Law School
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated
  • Phi Beta Kappa

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