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Barbara A. Kennedy

Senior Counsel
fax +1 214.659.4019

Barbara A. Kennedy represents owners, developers, investors, and borrowers in a wide variety of commercial real estate transactions. She negotiates and drafts real estate contracts for the acquisition and sale of office buildings, retail centers, multi-family properties, industrial sites, raw land, and other income-producing properties.

From documenting the purchase and sale agreement to closing, Barbara represents her clients in identifying and resolving title issues, arranging and pursuing due diligence, negotiating development agreements, easements, restrictions, and other documents incident to closing. Following closing, she assists clients in ownership and leasing issues pertaining to their properties.

Barbara prepares and negotiates commercial leases on behalf of both landlord and tenant clients for shopping centers and malls, office buildings, data centers, industrial sites, and offices/warehouses. She represents owners in acquisition, construction and development loans, and secured transactions.

In addition to real estate, Barbara represents clients in the purchase and sale of business assets and other matters incidental to their business operations.

Education

J.D., Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, 1981
B.A., magna cum laude, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, 1978, Phi Beta Kappa

Recognitions

Named among Best Lawyers in America – Real Estate Law (2013-2022)

Named D Magazine Best Lawyer by Best Lawyers (2015, 2016, 2018, and 2021)

Memberships

State Bar of Texas, Member

Dallas Bar Association, Member

American Bar Association, Member

Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow

Commercial Real Estate Women, Member

Altrusa International, Inc. of Downtown Dallas, Member

State Bar Licenses

Texas

Experience

  • Representation of a Dallas-based real estate investment partnership for over 30 years, including the leasing and redevelopment of approximately nine acres on Stemmons Freeway near the Design District. Most recently, Barbara handled negotiations of the sale of the facility to developers seeking to construct a state-of-the-art practice facility for a professional basketball team on this property. In the past, she has counseled the partnership on leasing issues for a variety of tenants, including a high tech data center, a craft beer brewer, the DART police, and a specialty store for cars and trucks, and others.
  • Closed the sale of the U.S. headquarters of one of the most prominent smartphone vendors in the world. This 460,297-square-foot office complex and two parking garages on nearly 13 acres of property was located in the Las Colinas Urban Center in Irving.
  • Negotiated the resolution of a dispute between a Wall Street Hedge Fund and the owner of a nationally franchised hotel. The dispute was settled before possible foreclosure action and bankruptcy filing.
  • Represented owner of national real estate firm, with large retail portfolio, in the acquisition of shopping center in Austin and provided legal opinion as local Texas counsel on acquisition loan.
  • Represented the purchaser of a shopping center in Fort Worth, a bank building in Dallas, a single tenant property housing a fitness center in Frisco, and a multi-tenant property in Dallas.
  • Negotiated and closed the acquisition of a convenience store (real estate, inventory, restaurant franchises and FFE) in Texarkana.
  • Negotiated and closed the sale by New York syndicator of apartments in Greenville.
  • Represented veterinarian in the acquisition of veterinary practice and the shopping center in which the practice is located.
  • Represented franchise owner in acquisition of property for construction of franchise chicken restaurant in Desoto.
  • Represented national loan servicer in the foreclosure of several commercial properties in Texas
  • Represented car dealer in the purchase of properties for dealerships in Bedford and Fort Worth.
  • Represented investor in the acquisition, refinance and sale of numerous multifamily properties in the DFW area.