Westlaw Journal publishes article by Travis Huehlefeld
Westlaw Journal published an article in January 2018 by Travis Huehlefeld that provides a legal overview of short-term rentals. Travis notes that although short-term rentals are not a new concept in real property law, with the expansion of the sharing economy, cities, courts and neighborhoods increasingly have to address short-term rentals. His article provides an overview on how cities, courts and neighborhoods are adapting to the rise in popularity of short-term rentals on sharing economy platforms.
To read the entire article click here.
Why Board Certification Matters
An article in the December issue of the Texas Bar Journal discussed how the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, or TBLS, one of the largest legal board certification programs in the country, presents many opportunities for Texas attorneys to advance their careers and become distinguished thought leaders in 23 areas of law, including commercial real estate law.
Wilson Cribbs + Goren recognizes the importance of board certification. There are currently nine attorneys in the firm with TBLS Certification in Commercial Real Estate Law and another attorney who plans to take the exam in 2018.
According to TBLS Executive Director Leo Figueroa, “Board certification is an objective measure of an attorney’s professional experience, competence, and skill in a particular area of law. It is an achievement that matters to potential clients, fellow lawyers, and the judiciary. More and more Texas attorneys are seeing the value of board certification, evident by the recent rollout of our new specialty areas—construction law, child welfare law, and property owners association law—as well as the increased number of applicants in recent years. As legal areas get more complex and competitive, board certification helps to set attorneys apart.”
To read the entire article, click here.
Brian Kilpatrick quoted in Houston Business Journal on White Oak Music Hall Litigation
Brian Kilpatrick, a senior attorney in Wilson Cribbs + Goren’s real estate litigation practice, was quoted in a November 20, 2017 article in the Houston Business Journal discussing how the outcome of a December trial involving White Oak Music Hall's outdoor venue, which neighbors of the venue have labeled a nuisance, could impact how businesses proceed with new developments in the Houston area. Wilson Cribbs + Goren represented the developers in the controversial Ashby high-rise litigation, which involved a nuisance claim against a proposed residential tower that was to be constructed on Bissonnet between Houston’s Southampton Place and Boulevard Oaks neighborhoods.
According to Kilpatrick, “[T]he facts favor White Oak in the case for several reasons, including that people in Houston generally like these types of developments.” Further, “[t]he outdoor venue was built after being fully permitted and approved by the city, which had been trying to spur development in the area along Metro Houston's rail line on Main Street. Looking ahead, it might behoove businesses to gauge neighborhood opposition before starting a project, as legal action can be costly to defend against,” Kilpatrick said. “I think White Oak will prevail in the end,” Kilpatrick said. "(But it) could be a mixed win."
Subscribers to the Houston Business Journal can click here to read the entire article.
Texas Lawbook publishes article by Travis Huehlefeld on short-term rentals
On October 6, Texas Lawbook published an article by Travis Huehlefeld titled “A Guide to Texas Law for Short-Term Residential Rentals.” In the article, Travis, an attorney in Wilson Cribbs + Goren’s land use practice, discusses how - with the expansion of the sharing economy - cities, courts and neighborhoods in Texas are addressing short-term residential rentals.
Travis points out that short-term rentals are not addressed or regulated in most zoning ordinances in Texas, and if a zoning ordinance is silent on short-term rentals then, absent any other restriction, a property owner is free to lease their property on a short-term basis. In recent years, however, Texas cities, such as Austin, have addressed short-term rentals in their zoning ordinances. He goes on to say that neighborhoods with deed restrictions can address short-term rentals in a number of ways.
Subscribers to Texas Lawbook can click here to read the entire article.
Brian Kilpatrick wins appeal in Senger Creek Dev., LLC v. Fuqua, a wrongful foreclosure suit involving 56-acre tract of land in North Houston
Brian Kilpatrick, a senior attorney in Wilson Cribbs + Goren’s real estate litigation practice, recently won an appeal for Senger Creek Development, LLC in a wrongful foreclosure suit involving a 56-acre tract of land on I-45 North near FM 1960 in Houston, Texas. In Senger Creek Dev., LLC v. Fuqua, 2017 WL 2376529 (Tex. App.—Houston [1st Dist.] June 1, 2017, no pet.), Houston’s First Court of Appeals reversed t’s summary judgment against Senger Creek on its wrongful foreclosure claim and remanded the case for further proceedings. To read the First Court of Appeals’ opinion, click here.
This summer, Derek Pershing, a real estate attorney with Wilson Cribbs + Goren, PC, took a climbing trip to Europe. He first tackled Gran Paradiso in the Graian Alps, the highest mountain solely within Italy with an elevation of 13,323 feet. Next he reached the summit on the French side of Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in the Alps as well as in Europe (outside of Russia), with an elevation of 15,781 feet. Read more...
Travis Huelefeld Published Article for REDNews on Short-Term Rentals
Travis Huehlefeld, an attorney in Wilson Cribbs + Goren’s land use law practice, had an article published on June 30, 2017 in REDNews discussing the various ways neighborhoods can address short-term rentals like Airbnb.
According to Huehlefeld “As short-term rentals continue to grow in popularity, neighborhoods with deed restrictions have the ability to govern to what extent short-term rentals are permissible. Neighborhoods that are successful in rallying the required property owner approval to amend their deed restrictions will have a number of creative ways to regulate short-term rentals which best suits that neighborhood's distinct characteristics.”
Reid Wilson and Randy Lerner Represent Frontier Utilities in Lease Negotiation
Frontier Utilities, a Houston-based retail electricity and natural gas supplier, has inked a deal to occupy a full floor of space in Houston’s popular Galleria area. Reid Wilson and Randy Lerner of Wilson Cribbs + Goren, and Steve Hesse, Brandon Clarke and Ryan Roth of CBRE negotiated the lease for Frontier. The move will more than double the size of Frontier’s headquarters and allow for future growth. The company is subleasing 19,149-square-feet — the entire 11th floor — of 5444 Westheimer.
Brian Kilpatrick was mentioned in an article published by the SE TexasRecord regarding a specific performance lawsuit he filed on behalf of a client in Galveston County District Court. Click here to read the article.
Wilson Cribbs + Goren hosts Ideas Forum exclusively for In-House Counsel
April 27, 2017: The education and idea exchange forum focused on current cyber security issues facing companies today including data protection, information security basics, and best practices. David Groff, Shareholder, moderated a panel of prominent, local in-house legal counsel to discuss those topics and other legal trends facing companies today.
Omar Izfar, a member of Wilson Cribbs + Goren Land use practice and former attorney for the City of Houston, had an article published in the April 2017 issue of REDNews titled "Permitting Paralysis: Land Use Approvals in the Houston area." In his article Omar dispels the rumor that the City of Houston’s lack of formal zoning codes results in a lax regulatory environment, and explains why developers neglecting to do their homework experience problems in the form of delay, cost and unexpected limitations on their projects.
Wilson, Marre and Izfar Lead Panel Discussion
On March 3, Reid Wilson, chairman of Wilson Cribbs + Goren, along with Anthony Marré, managing shareholder of the firm, and Omar Izfar, a member of the firm’s Land use practice and former attorney for the City of Houston, led a panel discussion titled “Land Use Conflicts and Approvals" hosted by the Gulf Coast Chapter of CREN."
Pictured (l-r) Reid Wilson; Steven Stone, KM Realty; Anthony Marré; and Omar Izfar.
Anthony Marré and Brian Kilpatrick Named 2017 Texas Rising Stars
Wilson Cribbs + Goren, PC is pleased to announce that Anthony Marré and Brian B. Kilpatrick have been selected to the 2017 Texas Rising Stars list. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.
Texas Lawyer Magazine Profiles Wilson Cribbs + Goren
Wilson Cribbs + Goren was profiled in the March 6 issue of Texas Lawyer magazine. Last year, at just 34 years of age, Anthony Marré was appointed managing shareholder for the growing real estate boutique firm. The article discusses how Wilson Cribbs + Goren was able to pass the mantle from the firm’s founders to a new generation of attorneys through careful planning, demonstrating how aging firms can successfully plan for succession.
Wilson Cribbs is signaling its focus on the future in ways other than just a new managing shareholder. Its building, located in the Midtown area, is contemporary with modern art and concrete floors. [Reid]Wilson said a committee of younger attorneys, led by Marré, considered branding, and tweaked the firm's name by substituting a modern plus sign for the traditional ampersand. "The plus is to indicate we are adding value," he said.
The firm is also using a modern type font for documents. "As lawyers we are trying to be clear and direct in our communication and our drafting," he said.
Wilson said all of this—the new managing shareholder, a modern building, and marketing items like the typeface and firm name—helps project the firm's forward-thinking image.
Subscribers to Texas Lawyer can click here to read the entire article.
Wilson Cribbs + Goren Lead Commercial Real Estate Network’s Gulf Coast Chapter Land Use Panel Discussion
Hosted by the Gulf Coast Chapter of CREN, Reid Wilson, chairman of Wilson Cribbs + Goren, along with Anthony Marré, managing shareholder of the firm, and Omar Izfar, a member of the firm’s Land use practice and former attorney for the City of Houston, led a panel discussion titled “Land Use Conflicts and Approvals.”
The March 3rd panel explained why land use conflicts are increasing, even in un-zoned (but still regulated) Houston and highlighted how the business/neighborhood conflicts of the White Oak Music Hall and the Ashby Highrise are current reminders of development disputes.
Wilson Cribbs + Goren’s real estate and land use practice involves solving a broad array of both public and private land use dilemmas on behalf of the private section, and creative resolution of difficult real estate legal problems and transactions.
On March 3, 2017, Reid Wilson, chairman of Wilson Cribbs + Goren, along with Anthony Marré, managing shareholder of the firm, and Omar Izfar, a member of the firm’s Land use practice and former attorney for the City of Houston, will lead a panel discussion titled “Land Use Conflicts and Approvals.”
The panel will explain why land use conflicts are increasing, even in un-zoned (but still regulated) Houston. The attorneys will highlight how the business/neighborhood conflicts of the White Oak Music Hall and the Ashby Highrise are current reminders of development disputes.
Wilson Cribbs + Goren real estate and land use practice involves solving a broad array of both public and private land use dilemmas on behalf of the private section, and creative resolution of difficult real estate legal problems and transactions.
The panel discussion will be hosted by the Gulf Coast Chapter of CREN and take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hess Club in Houston. For more information or to register, click here.
Brian Kilpatrick and Derek Pershing Instrumental in Closing of East Houston Deal
Brian Kilpatrick and Derek Pershing were mentioned in a Houston Business Journal article about the sale of the former U.S. headquarters of Schlumberger Ltd. located at 2720 Leeland St. in Houston’s Eado district. Kilpatrick and Pershing represented the buyer,an entity owned by David Denenburg, in the transaction. Denenburg, a local developer and preservationist, told the HBJthat “Brian Kilpatrick and Derek Pershing with Houston-based law firm Wilson Cribbs and Goren were instrumental in closing the deal[.]” Denenburg is restoring the building’s Art Deco structure, which was built in 1938, and plans to lease the ground floor space to retail tenants while leasing the upper floors to office and medical tenants.
Subscribers to the Houston Business Journal can click here to read the entire article.
Commercial Property Executive (CPE), a leading integrated resource for executives and companies that own, invest in, develop, lease and/or manage commercial real estate, published a Q&A with Reid Wilson, Chairman of Wilson Cribbs + Goren, on Jan. 9, 2017.
In his Q&A, Reid discusses the effect of regulations on building quality commercial real estate and why change is needed when it comes to public land use.
To read the full article, click here.
On Nov. 7, 2016, Law360 featured a Q&A with Wilson Cribbs + Goren chair Reid Wilson. The Q&A was part of Law360’s Rainmaker series, which profiles attorneys who have worked hard for years to bring in business and build an impressive book of clients, and asks what habits separate these legal veterans from the rest of the pack. Read more...
Reid Wilson, Chairman of Wilson Cribbs + Goren, PC, was quoted in an Aug. 23, 2016 article discussing the end to a highly publicized legal battle over the redevelopment of commercial property in Houston known as 1717 Bissonnet. Wilson Cribbs + Goren represented the developers, Buckhead Investment Partners Inc., in the real estate and litigation issues.
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Wilson Cribbs + Goren Ranked One of the Largest Real Estate Law Firms in Houston
Once again, the Houston Business Journal has ranked Wilson Cribbs +Goren, PC as one of the “Largest Houston-Area Real Estate Law Firms” in the city. The firm was ranked number five on the list. The firm boasts the most real estate attorneys in Houston who are board-certified in Commercial Real Estate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
Reid Wilson, Chairman of Wilson Cribbs + Goren, PC, one of the largest real estate boutique firms in Texas, has once again been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2017 edition of the Best Lawyers in America. This marks the tenth year that Mr. Wilson has been selected for his practice in commercial real estate law. Read more...
Reid Wilson, Chairman of Wilson Cribbs + Goren, PC, has been selected to the 2016 Legal Leaders: Real Estate Law. Read more...
September 25, 2016
In an article dated August 15, 2016, Bisnow Houston announced that construction on a new Hilton Garden Inn near Hobby Airport was set to begin. Since the airport opened its new international terminal, there has been an increased demand for nearby accommodations. Read more...
July 14, 2016
Former Houston senior assistant city attorney brings extensive experience to firm’s growing land use practice. Read more...
July 12, 2016
Reid Wilson, chairman of Wilson Cribbs + Goren, PC, has received the Best Speaker Award for the 2015 Advanced Real Estate Law Course presented by the Texas Bar CLE. Reid was recognized for his presentation on “Terminating Condominium Projects.” Read more...
June 21, 2016
Fred Cook, a shareholder with Wilson Cribbs + Goren, PC, and Derek Pershing, an associate with the firm, recently spoke on a panel on “Land Use and Development Zoning Conflicts” hosted by the Real Estate and Construction Law Society of South Texas College of Law in Houston. Read more...
June 20, 2016
Reid C. Wilson, co-founder and Chairman of Wilson Cribbs + Goren, a recognized Texas land use lawyer, recently spoke at the University of Texas Land Use Conference held in Austin, Texas on April 28 and 29. Read more...
March 26, 2016
The Houston-based law firm of Wilson, Cribbs & Goren, PC, has been ranked in Commercial Property Executive’s 2015 list of Leading Real Estate Law Firms. Read more...
March 26, 2016
David Groff, a shareholder with Wilson Cribbs + Goren, assisted Khoshbin Commerce Park, LLC in its recent sale of a 78,000 SF multi-tenant office property located at 8700 Commerce Park Drive in Houston, Texas. Read more...
March 14, 2016
David Groff, a shareholder with Wilson Cribbs + Goren, recently wrote an article entitled “Things to consider before subleasing your office space” that was published in the March 4 issue of the Houston Business Journal. Due to falling oil prices, many energy and related service companies in Houston have begun exploring ways to trim costs, including unloading excess or expensive office space. Read more...
A story in the February 2, 2016, issue of the Austin Business Journal details how an Austin developer was able to change the deed restrictions on a commercial property in East Austin. Read more...
Anthony Marré has been named Managing Shareholder of Wilson Cribbs + Goren, PC, one of the largest boutique real estate law firms in Texas. Marré succeeds Reid Wilson, one of the founding members of the firm, who will now serve as Chairman of Wilson Cribbs + Goren. Read more...
The Houston-based law firm of Wilson, Cribbs & Goren, PC, has been ranked in Commercial Property Executive’s 2015 list of Leading Real Estate Law Firms. Read more...
GRoff and Sermas Help Secure Self-Storage Property
Attorneys David Groff and Katy Sermas assisted two veteran real estate developers, Joel DeSpain and Robert Wheless in securing a site for an 851 unit self-storage property in the Vintage master-planned community in Spring. The project will consist of four buildings totaling 82,675 rentable square feet at 15500 Vintage Preserve Parkway.
Houston, Dec. 15, 2015 – Wilson Cribbs & Goren, PC, a leading, boutique real estate law firm in Houston, announced that shareholders Reid C. Wilson, Abe S. Goren and David C. Groff have been selected to the 2015 Texas Super Lawyers list. Each year, no more than five percent of lawyers in the state are selected to receive this honor. Read more...
Karim, Lerner Assist Stack-It Storage in Facility Purchase
Attorneys Leann Karim and Randy Lerner assisted Stack-It Storage in its purchase of a 22,000 square foot self-storage facility in Huffman, Texas. Stack-It Storage, formerly Caprock Oil, is transitioning into an owner and operator of self-storage facilities.
Wilson assists Henderson-Wessendorff Foundation in Land Sale
Attorney Reid Wilson served as land use counsel for the Henderson-Wessendorff Foundation in its sale of approximately 590 acres to Johnson Development Corp. near the intersection of Williams Way Boulevard and U.S. Highway 59 in Richmond, Texas. Johnson Development plans to build a master planned community containing up to 2,500 homes. The Henderson-Wessendorff Foundation plans to create a nature preserve and tourism center on 800 acres of land adjacent to Johnson Development’s yet-to-be-named master planned community.
Wilson, Sermas Assist Thor Equities
Attorneys Reid Wilson and Katy Sermas acted as local counsel for Thor Equities relating to the financing of its new project called Kirby Collection which includes a 25 story residential tower, 13 story office building, and 65,000 square feet of retail space. The $125 million project will be built at 3200 Kirby on property bounded by Kirby, West Main, Colquitt and Lake Street.
Karim, Lerner Assist NAI Partners in Purchase
Attorneys Leann Karim and Randy Lerner assisted NAI Partners, through NAI Investment Fund I, in its purchase of 12600 Featherwood, a four story, 74,753 square foot building in southeast Houston. The building is 81.5 percent leased to tenants including TriStar Global, Bamberger, Carber Holdings and Leasing Associates Service.
Wilson Honored with inclusion in Best Laywers in America© and H Texas Magazine
Reid Wison was included in the 22nd edition of Best Lawyers in America© in Real Estate and named one of Houston's Top Laywers in H Texas magazine.
Kilpatrick, Marre, Pershing Assist in Acquisition of Cheek-Neal Coffee Building
Attorneys Brian Kilpatrick, Anthony Marre, and Derek Pershing assisted the group consisting of David Denenburg, Jon Deal, Todd Johnson, and Steve Gibson in their acquisition of the Cheek-Neal Coffee building located at 2017 Preston near Houston’s trendy EaDo neighborhood. The 55,000 square foot building was built in 1917 and served as a coffee plant that manufactured Maxwell House Coffee.
Marre Assists Mikob Properties
Attorney Anthony Marré assisted Mikob Properties in its sale of the four-story Saks Garage located at 611 Fannin in downtown Houston, Texas. The garage consists of 265 parking spaces and a total of 90,750 square feet and is within walking distance of Minute Maid Park, George R. Brown Convention Center and Discovery Green.
Karim Assists United Way of Greater Houston
Attorney Leann Karim assisted United Way of Greater Houston in its purchase of a 79,000 square foot building located at 12300 Parc Crest Drive in Stafford, Texas.
Wilson named a Top Lawyer in The H-Texas Magazine
Attorney Reid Wilson was named a Top Lawyer for 2015 in the May edition of The H-Texas Magazine.
Wilson Assists Griffin Capital in Purchase
Reid Wilson served as local counsel for Griffin Capital Corp. in its purchase of two recently completed office buildings in the Park 10 Regional Business Center in the Energy Corridor. The buildings are fully leased to Wood Group Mustang as part of the company’s longtime headquarters campus. Griffin Capital Essential Asset REIT II acquired Westgate II, a four story, 186,288 square foot building at 17320 Katy Freeway. Griffin Capital Essential Asset REIT acquired Westgate III, a five story, 225,518 square foot building at 17325 Park Row Road.
Attorney Reid Wisson is quoted, as a zoning expert, in the Urban Land magazine article, “The City With (Almost) No Limits”.
Soltis, Marré and Karim Assist Kimco Realty Corp.
Attorneys Tiffany Soltis, Anthony Marre and Leann Karim assisted Kimco Realty Corp. acquire the Copperfield Village Shopping Center at 7081 Texas 6 North. The 165,293 square foot center is 92% leased to anchors Sprouts Farmers Market and Ross Dress for Less in addition to Goody Goody Liquor, Dollar Tree, Five Below, Panera Bread and Leslie’s Pool.
WCG Attorneys Abe Goren, Anthony Marré, and Tiffany Soltis assisted FMC Technologies in the 173 acre acquisition for FMC Technologies’ headquarter campus located in Generation Park along the northeast bend of Beltway 8 in Houston, Texas. Read more... (PDF)
WCG named 5th largest Houston area Real Estate Law Firm in the Houston Business Journal
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WCG named to “Best Law Firms” 2014 list by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers
WCG Attorneys Assist Marquette Companies in Camden Piney Point Purchase
Attorneys Reid Wilson, Anthony Marre and Leann Karim assisted Marquette Companies in its joint venture with Hartford Investment Management Company to purchase Camden Piney Point Apartments (rebranded Marquette at Piney Point) in Houston, Texas. Piney Point is a 318-unit, Class A apartment community located on Westheimer Road between Houston's prominent Uptown/Galleria and Westchase Districts.
Attorneys Anthony Marré, Leann Karim and Tiffany Soltis assisted Kimco Realty in its purchase of the Atascocita Commons shopping center from Cole Real Estate Investments. The center located at 7061 FM 1960 East is 99.2% percent leased with Ross, Kohl’s, TJ Maxx, HomeGoods, Party City, Office Depot and Petco among its tenants. Read more...
Goren, Lerner assist in purchase of The Park at Voss
Attorneys, Abe Goren and Randy Lerner assisted 2424 Voss LLC, an entity of the Barvin Group, in purchasing The Park at Voss, an 810 unit apartment community at 2424 S. Voss. Abe Goren assisted with entity organization and Randy Lerner assisted in the loan negotiation.
The article can be found in the Real Estate Transactions section (Page B7) of Monday’s Houston Chronicle.
Leann Karim Achieved Board Certification in Commercial Real Estate Law
Leann Karim has achieved Board Certification in Commercial Real Estate Law from the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She counsels clients in all segments of the real estate industry in Texas, including the acquisition, disposition, financing, development and leasing of unimproved land, apartments, office buildings, shopping centers, industrial developments and mixed-use projects.
WCG Welcomes Derek Pershing to the Firm
Derek C. Pershing has recently joined the team at Wilson, Cribbs and Goren as an Attorney.
H Texas Magazine names WCG Attorneys Top Lawyers for Real Estate for 2013.
Abe Goren, Reid Wilson and Tiffany Soltis were named Houston's Top Lawyers for Real Estate 2013 by H Texas Magazine. WCG welcomes Attorney Derek Pershing to the firm.
H Texas Magazine names Ferdinand Cribbs Top Lawyer for Bankruptcy for 2013.
H Texas Magazine named WCG Attorney Ferdinand Cribbs among Houston’s Top Lawyers for Bankruptcy for 2013.
The firm assisted TDECU in expanding and renewing its current space in Marathon Oil tower. Read more...
Wilson Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America
Reid Wilson was selected by his peers to be included in The Best Lawyers in America, 19th edition for his work in the practice area of Real Estate Law.
Attorneys Reid Wilson and Tiffany Soltis assisted Niagra Bottling in receiving approximately $4.5 million worth of tax abatements to build and operate a major manufacturing and distribution center in Fort Bend County. Read more...
Marré, Wilson Named to Board of ULI
The Urban Land Institute in Houston named Anthony Marré the Membership Co-Chair and Reid Wilson the Special Projects Chair for 2012-2014.
WCG Attorneys Tiffany Soltis, Randy Lerner and Abe Goren assisted Coral China Productions in its purchase of the historic U.S. National Bank Building in Galveston (2201 Market Street). Read more... (PDF)
WCG Attorneys Abe Goren, Anthony Marré and Tiffany Soltis assisted Houston Eye Associates in its purchase of 7155 Old Katy Road. Read more...
WCG Attorneys Abe Goren, Anthony Marré and Tiffany Soltis assisted Houston Eye Associates in its purchase of 7155 Old Katy Road. WCG Attorneys Reid Wilson and Randy Lerner assist Steel Castle in impressive acquisition of multifamily property in Pearland, Texas. Read more...
David Groff assisted the Khoshbin Company in their purchase of 333 North Sam Houston Parkway East and 10700 I-45 North. Read more...