Susan R. George

Susan R. George

Senior Counsel

Real Estate Attorney Houston TX, Commercial & Corporate Law - Susan R. George

Susan George’s practice focuses on commercial real estate, corporate /commercial transactions.  Her real estate practice covers all aspects of the process of buying, owning, developing, financing, leasing and selling commercial real estate. She works with clients having a wide range of experience with commercial real estate – including long-time developers and first-time commercial tenants and purchasers. She handles borrower-side acquisition and construction financing, contracts for management, marketing, and leasing property, and ultimately sales of developed projects. Susan works with several out-of-state law firms as their go-to Texas counsel for clients buying, developing and financing properties in Texas. She also has extensive condominium experience. Her corporate/commercial practice centers on the formation and restructuring of commercial business entities, as well as raising capital through exempt offerings, stock and asset sales and purchases. She represents her clients in their ongoing business activities and often functions as outside general counsel advising and helping clients to secure and manage other professionals and specialized or out-of-state counsel when needed.

Areas of Practice

  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Corporate Transactions

Bar and Court Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Northern, Eastern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second and Fifth Circuits
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Representative Experience

  • Represent local retail strip center developer in raw land acquisitions, development financing, leasing and ultimately sales of operating centers.
  • Represent various existing firm clients and new clients acting as landlords or tenants in commercial leases of retail, office and industrial/warehouse space.
  • Represent local family-owned investment company in acquisitions and refinancing of multi-family properties.
  • Work with out-of-state counsel and mortgage brokers as local counsel for buyers, sellers and borrowers in transactions ranging from $185,000,000 to $1,500,000, including issuance of legal opinions for CMBS loans and Fannie Mae loans.
  • Represented private school in a $16 million asset sale to an international education company. Continuing representation of international education company as Texas counsel in connection with expansion of campus, operational issues and credit facility.
  • Represent local bakery and restaurant chain with expansion to two new locations, organizational structure and general operational issues.
  • Continuing representation of a prominent developer of luxury hi-rise condominium projects in Houston, Galveston, Dallas, South Padre Island and Las Vegas, Nevada, in connection with development and financing of projects, formation of condominium regimes and sales of individual units.
  • Represented local real estate investment firm with exempt offerings under Rule 506 in the $6,000,000 – $8,500,000 range.
  • Represented local brewery in initial capital raise. Continuing representation of brewery in connection with operational issues and expansion.
  • Continuing representation of emergency medical services company in connection with raising capital, subsidiary acquisitions and general operational issues.
  • Represent developer of mixed-use agrarian community outside Austin in formation of condominium regime to govern community.
  • Represented local real estate developers in connection with the mixed use re-development of three city blocks in downtown Waco, Texas.
  • Representation of local real estate developers in connection with the acquisition of raw land and subsequent development of a $25 million multi-family project.
  • Represented local car wash chain in connection with the development and construction of eight express car wash facilities.

Education

  • Southern Methodist University School of Law, Dallas, Texas
    • J.D. – 1999
  • Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas
    • B.A. – 1996

Professional Recognition

  • CREW Star, 2014
  • Voted a “Texas Rising Star,” as presented by Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters Business, in Texas Monthly, 2004, 2006 – 2009

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Texas, Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Sections
  • Houston Bar Association, Real Estate Section (Council Member 2017-2019)
  • Houston Bar Association, Corporate Counsel Section
  • National Association of Industrial and Office Properties
  • Urban Land Institute
  • Women Contractors Association
  • Commercial Real Estate Women

Speeches and Publications