William H. LockeShareholder
Bill Locke is Board Certified in Commercial, Residential and Farm and Ranch Real Estate Law, by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. His practice areas include representing buyers, sellers and developers of land and income producing property, including land being developed as residential or commercial projects; addressing environmental issues associated with land ownership or development, including endangered species, wetlands, and contamination issues; representation in land development including governmental approvals associated with land subdivision, site plan, and zoning approval; negotiation of transaction documents, including contracts, leases, and development agreements; and representing lenders and borrowers in connection with real estate secured loans.
- Admitted to bar, 1972, Texas.
- Board Certified in Commercial, Residential and Farm and Ranch Real Estate Law, by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization
- Education: Del Mar College (A.A., with honors, 1967); University of Texas (B.A., 1969; J.D., with honors, 1972). Phi Delta Phi. Quizmaster.
- Member, National Association of College and University Attorneys, 2013
- Representation of borrower on large synthetic lease including rendition of legal opinion.
- Negotiation and drafting of loan documentation for various banks.
- Representation of lenders in foreclosures and workouts.
- Representation of shopping center investment syndicator in purchasing and selling shopping centers.
- Representation of a Junior College District in negotiation of architect, consultant and construction contracts for $100 million expansion.
- Representation of rock quarry owner in negotiating development agreement with home-rule city in connection with voluntary annexation under threat of involuntary annexation.
- Representation of a municipality in obtaining a lease from the School Land Board of the State of Texas of 600 acres of upland and submerged land for the construction of a container port.
- Representation of apartment project developers in the acquisition of various sites for the construction of multi-family apartment projects.
- Representation of a manufacturer in relocating its operations into a to-be-constructed industrial park, including negotiation of tax incentives from the city’s economic development corporation.
- Representation of an office building owner in the sale of an office building with multiple tenants to an out-of-state income-producing property holding partnership.
- Representation of a subtenant in negotiating a sublease in a to-be-finished out shell building.
- Representation of a seller of lead-contaminated property to an industrial building acquisition partnership.
- Representation of developers in to-be-built office condominiums and formation of commercial property owners associations and residential condominium associations.
- Representation of developers of to-be-built medical office condominium including construction, sales and condominium documentation.
- Negotiation of construction contracts for office buildings, apartment projects, and land development.
- Representation of landowners granting conservation easements to qualifying conservation associations.
- Assisted a large condominium project in evaluating potential mold contamination and claims upon its insurance carriers.
- Representation of ranchers in ranch-related matters, including buying and selling ranches, negotiation of pipeline easements, seismic options and oil and gas leases.
- Representation of a regional transit authority in negotiating an inter-local agreement with another regional transit authority for rail service between two cities, including risk management and insurance issues.
- Representation of numerous developers in acquisitions of tracts for single and mixed-use developments, including master planning, permitting, and zoning.
- Representation of property owners in negotiations with TCAD contesting ad valorem tax valuations.
- Representation of Mexican business interests in acquisition of U.S. real estate.
Mr. Locke’s clients have included Apple, Inc.; Applied Materials, Inc.; Ardent Residential; Austin’s Children’s Museum; Austin American-Statesman; Brandywine Realty Trust; Capitol Aggregates, Ltd.; Constellation Property Group; Cypress Real Estate (REIT); Del Mar College District; Do It Best Corporation; HelioVolt Corporation; Intco Investments of Texas, Inc.; JTM Development; RDR Enterprises, Inc.; Southwestern Public Service Company; Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation; and Xcel Energy.
- Austin Bar Association (Real Estate Section).
- Corpus Christi Bar Association (Past President).
- American Bar Association (Real Property Section).
- State Bar of Texas (Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section, Council Member).
- Texas College of Real Estate Attorneys (Founding Director).
- Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation.
- Fellow Member and 30-Year Maintaining Member, College of the State Bar of Texas.
AWARDS AND HONORS
- Fellow, American College of Real Estate Lawyers
- Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® published by Woodward/White, Inc., Real Estate Law, 1999 – 2017
- Received The Jerry Charles Saegert Award for “Best CLE Paper” for his paper:Annotated Insurance Specifications.
- AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating, Martindale.com
- Who’s Who in America; Who’s Who in American Lawyers; Who’s Who in Emerging Leaders in America; Who’s Who in the World; Who’s Who in the South and Southwest; Who’s Who in Finance and Industry; Who’s Who in Real Estate.
- Texas Monthly, Super Lawyers®, published by Thomson Reuters, 2003-2017
- Founder of the Palmer Drug Abuse Program of Austin, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization that provides counseling for adolescents and their families seeking to live a drug and alcohol-free life.
- Member of the Downtown Austin Alliance (Economic Development Committee).
- Member of the Real Estate Council of Austin, Inc. (Regional Issues Committee).
- Graduate of Leadership Austin Class 25 and Leadership Corpus Christi Class 13.
- Member of the Church of the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, Austin, Texas.
- Previous Chairman of the Zoning and Planning Commission of the City of Corpus Christi, and Previous Chairman of the Corpus Christi Chapter of the National Conference of Christians and Jews.
PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS
- “Business and Mixed Use Condominiums” (206 pages) and “Document Package for an Office Condominium” (61 pages), Houston Bar Association, Real Estate Section, February 2013
- “Documentation for the To-Be-Built Office Condominium” (205 pages), March 2005
- “Texas Foreclosure Manual,” State Bar of Texas 1st, 2nd & 3rd Ed.s
- “Ins and Outs of Foreclosure in Texas: Practice Guide for the Practitioner” (93 pages), July 2005
- “Insurance 101” (23 pages), March 2018
- “Insurance 201” (264 pages), March 2018
- “Insurance for Transactional Lawyers”, (285 pages), December 2017
- “Drafting Indemnities and their Relationship to Insurance” (162 pages), March 2017
- “CGL Coverage of Construction Defects” (42 pages), March 2016
- “Insurance For Real Estate Lawyers” (262 pages), February 24, 2016
- Insurance for Real Estate Lawyers – 2015 Update
- Insurance for Real Estate Lawyers (“A Dozen Things You Wish You Had Known”), Dec. 2014
- “A Dozen Things You Wish You Had Known“, (91 pages) Fall 2013
- “11 Things You Wish You Had Known About Commercial Property Insurance” (211 pages), July 2013
- “An Insurance Presentation You Can Use: How to Write Insurance Specifications for a Shopping Center Lease” (54 pages), October 2012
- “Best Practices for Lease Insurance Specifications: Checklist versus Narrative Format” (92 pages), October 2012
- “Liability of Architects and Engineers for Observation and Inspection Services: Breaking the Bonds of Privity” (60 Pages), July 2012
- “Annotated Insurance Specifications” (173 pages), July 2011
- “Annotated Lease Indemnity and Insurance Specifications” (192 pages), July 2011
- “Top Ten Insurance Tips for Lenders” (19 pages), March 2012
- “Landlords: Beware of Insurance Certificates” (33 pages), March 2012
- “Leases and Property Insurance” (50 pages), March 2012
- “Top Ten Insurance Tips for Mortgage Lending” (16 pages), September 2011
- “Insurance Issues in Distressful Times” (86 pages), March 2011
- “Distress and Insurance: When the Going Gets Rough, Does Your Risk Get Going?”(100 pages), October 2010
- “CGL Coverage of Defective Work” (39 pages), October 2009
- “Additional Insured Endorsements to Liability Policies: Typical Defects and Solutions” (58 pages), March 2008
- “Protecting Landlords, Tenants and Contractors as Additional Insureds and Indemnified Parties” (59 pages), July 2004
- “Allocating and Avoiding Risk” (264 pages), February 2018
- “Three Scofflaws Are On The Loose, But There Is A New Sheriff In Town”(85 pages), July 2017
- “Annotated Risk Management Provisions: Indemnity and Liability Insurance (Focus on Texas Real Estate Forms Manual’s Retail Lease)” (84 pages), March 2007
- “Allocating Extraordinary Risk in Leases: Indemnity/Insurance/Releases and Exculpations/Condemnation” (147 pages), June 2006
- “Risk Allocation in the AIA General Conditions — Examination of the A201 in Light of Texas Law” (59 pages), July 2005
- “Risk Management – The Law” (97 pages), May 2003
- “Risk Management – The Forms” (193 pages), May 2003
- ” ‘As Is’ In a Contaminated World” (5 pages), December 2012
- ” ‘As Is’ In a Contaminated World” (61 pages), December 2009
- “The Law of ‘As Is'” (63 pages), May 2009
- “Representations, Warranties and ‘As Is’ Disclaimers” (63 pages), August 2008
- “Papering the Deal: From Land Acquisition to Development” (270 pages), July 2004
- “Field Guide for Due Diligence on Income Producing Properties” (12 pages);Appendix documents (203 pages), June 2000