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Kassandra G. McLaughlin
Biography

Kassandra “Kassie” McLaughlin has been practicing broad-based commercial real estate for more than a decade, emphasizing leasing and lending for small and large businesses. She has been growing her lending practice by representing regional banks in real estate lending transactions.


Kassie represents several publicly traded real estate investment trusts (including traditional office building, storage facility and health care MOB REITs) in their acquisition, disposition, asset management, leasing and tenant relations transactions.

A member of the Real Estate, Development & Construction team, Kassie represents clients in their general counsel needs, including entity formation and structuring, acquisitions, dispositions, mergers, construction and land-use issues, financing and other commercial real estate matters.

Before joining the firm, Kassie was a partner at Husch Blackwell. She also was chief arborist for the City of Dallas and participated in planning, development and land-use issues as a part of the Sustainable Development and Construction Department (formerly Economic Development Department).

 

Education

  • J.D., The University of Texas School of Law, 2001
  • M.S., University of Michigan, 1994
  • B.A., The University of Texas at Austin, 1991

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Representative Matters
  • Negotiation of solar lease options for solar power plant developers in West Texas.
  • Negotiation of long term land lease for a biogas production facility on a municipal garbage dump.
  • Negotiation of long term desalinization plant lease on an active power plant site, including negotiation of adjudicated water rights.
  • Negotiation of wind farm leases, interconnection agreements and third party easements for large scale wind farms in West Texas.
  • Negotiation of surface rights waiver agreements in connection with oil and gas mineral rights owners’ interest in surface estates affecting solar arrays, railroad yards, and commercial developments.
  • Negotiation of: (i) contract for sale of tenanted office building, (ii) tenant estoppels in connection therewith, (iii) defeasance of original collateral under encumbering loan documents necessitated by sale, and (iv) condemnation proceedings during sale’s due diligence and closing periods;
  • Re-platting, preparation of restrictive covenants, and sale of building sites in a Houston industrial park;
  • Representation of lenders on loans to site developers, including acquisition, construction, and mini-perm financing;
  • Representation of a regional bank in lending take-out loans to a Texas borrower for rehab, tenant improvements and leasing commissions for multiple properties throughout Texas, which loans were complicated by title and survey issues and the incapacitation of the borrower's principal and guarantor shortly before closing;
  • Negotiation of: (i) partnership agreement for a newly-formed Texas limited partnership for acquisition of the assets of a landscape design and construction company in Austin, Texas; (ii) the purchase of those assets from the company's family founders; and (iii) the SBA loan financing the client’s equity contribution to the limited partnership;
  • Representation of a water service provider for oil and gas companies in the acquisition and due diligence of new sites, formation of new entities to hold the sites, and management agreements to maintain and operate the sites.
Noteworthy
  • Named one of the "Best Lawyers in Dallas" by D Magazine, 2016
  • Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW), Future Vision Award, 2011
  • Selected by attorney peers as a Texas Rising Star®, Texas Monthly, 2011
Activities & Memberships
  • Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Dallas, 2002-present; Director of Crew Board 2014-Present; Co-Chair of Sponsorship Committee
  • Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Austin, Founder
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, 2014 Fellow
  • Dallas’ Urban Forestry Advisory Committee, Advisory Board, 2005-Present, appointed by Mayor
  • Leadership Dallas, Class of 2010-2011
  • St. Alcuin Montessori School, Board of Trustees, 2008-2014; Secretary, Executive Committee, 2012-2014; Building and Grounds Committee, 2005-2008; Audit Committee, 2008-2009, Chair
  • The Twelve Hills Nature Center, Advisory Board, 2005-2006
  • American Bar Association
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation
  • State Bar of Texas