Brett L. Slobin

Partner

CONTACT
Phone: 713-735-8537
Fax: 713-785-2091
Email: bslobin@ssbplaw.com

PRACTICE AREAS
Real Estate and Finance

Profile

Brett is Board Certified in Commercial Real Estate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Brett’s practice focuses on local and national real estate projects. He handles all aspects of the real estate development process, including acquisition, due diligence, financing, leasing and disposition. Brett also handles business and contract matters, including the drafting and review of limited partnership agreements, company agreements and shareholders’ agreements.

Brett’s Practice includes

Real Estate and Finance

  • Acquisitions and Sales
  • Earnest Money Contracts
  • Due Diligence
  • Construction Financing
  • Permanent Financing
  • Leases
  • General Contracts & Subcontracts
  • Entity Formation
  • Operating Agreements

Education

University of Texas at Austin
B.A., 1997

South Texas College of Law Houston
J.D., 2000

Memberships and Affiliations

  • State Bar of Texas, 2001
  • Houston Bar Association, Real Estate Law Section
  • Member of the Council for the Real Estate Law Section of the Houston Bar Association, 2016-2017

Pubications and Speeches

Publications:

“New contract may need second pair of eyes before being signed”, Houston Business Journal, Residential Real Estate Section, Vol. 37 No. 14, Week of August 11-17, 2006.

“Borrower should watch for shady language in commercial loans”, Houston Business Journal, Commercial Real Estate Section, Vol. 37 No. 23, Week of October 20-26, 2006.

“Ground Leases 101”, Realty Times, Real Estate News and Advice – Agent News Section, October 24, 2006.

“Assignment of MUD Reimbursables: Not So Fast”, The Bond Buyer Texas Extra, November 6, 2006.

“Helpful Tips for Tenants Entering Into Commercial Leases”, Realty Times, Real Estate News and Advice – Agent News Section, December 15, 2006.

“Understand Loan Commitments and Avoid Costly Litigation Later”, Houston Business Journal, Commercial Real Estate Section, Vol. 37, No. 36, Week of January 19-25, 2007.

“Landlord’s Lender and Tenant Should Be Aware of Their Rights”, Houston Business Journal, Spring 2007 Office Leasing Guide, Vol. 37, No. 35, Week of March 23-29, 2007.

“All home sales have basic documents in common”, Houston Chronicle, Real Estate, April 1, 2007.

“Several types of deeds used to convey property titles in Texas”, Houston Chronicle, Real Estate, page 15, April 15, 2007.

“Residential development includes important due diligence issues”, Houston Chronicle, Real Estate, page 13, April 29, 2007.

“Business entity provides protection of personal assets in lawsuit”, Houston, Chronicle, Real Estate, page 15, May 20, 2007.

“Several documents required in obtaining construction loan”, Houston Chronicle, Real Estate, page 10, June 17, 2007.

“Familiarity with title insurance good policy”, Houston Chronicle, Real Estate, page 12, July 1, 2007.

“The Growing Contradiction Between Nonrecourse Loans and Personal Liability”, Texas Builder, July/August 2007 – Volume 7, Issue Four, pages 62-63.

“Danger may lurk below when it comes to mineral rights”, Houston Chronicle, Real Estate, pgs. 14-15, July 29, 2007.

“Municipal utility districts may benefit developers, homeowners”, Houston Chronicle, Real Estate, pg. 18, August 5, 2007.

“Business entities differ in personal liability protection”, Houston Chronicle, Real Estate, pg. 15, September 9, 2007.

“Blackacre developments need lengthy feasibility period”, Houston Chronicle, Real Estate Section, page 36, October 7, 2007.

“Easements, other real property rights can be confusing”, Houston Chronicle, Real Estate, page 16, October 28, 2007.

“Title Insurance 101”, Enricher, Newsletter of the Realty Investment Club of Houston, November 2007.

“Guaranties Galore – What are they all about?” Houston Chronicle, Real Estate Section, pg. 12, December 2, 2007.

“Surveys play critical role in acquisition, land development”, Houston Chronicle, Real Estate Section, pg. 15, December 23, 2007.

“Proration of property taxes often misunderstood”, Houston Chronicle, Real Estate Section, pg. 23, January 20, 2008.

“Forced buy-sell provisions can break partners’ deadlock”, Houston Chronicle, Real Estate Section, pg. 15, February 24, 2008.

“Focus on partnership interests, ‘tag-along’ and ‘drag-along’ rights”, Houston Chronicle, Real Estate Section, page 31, March 30, 2008.

“Land developers should heed ‘casualty loss’ provision”, Houston Chronicle, Real Estate Section, pg. 31, May 4, 2008.

“Contributions to joint venture”, Houston Chronicle, Real Estate Section, page 36, May 18, 2008.

“Right of entry agreement important”, Houston Chronicle, Real Estate Section, page 23, June 15, 2008.

“Business, law perspectives shed light on shopping center leases”, Houston Business Journal, Commercial Real Estate Section, Vol. 39 No. 19, Week of September 19-25, 2008.

“Companies looking into the implications of a green future”, Houston Business Journal, Green Houston, Question & Answer, November 28, 2008.

“Workout may be solution for those facing potential loan default”, Houston Business Journal, Commercial Real Estate Market Guide, Question & Answer, Vol. 40 No. 10, Week of July 17-23, 2009.

“Selling Multifamily Properties: Five Contract Provisions to Worry About”, Multi-Housing News, Daily Newsletter, In Focus, October 19, 2011.

“Significant Legal Issues For Landowners and Operators of Wind Projects”, Alternative Energy eMagazine, February 17, 2010.

“Wind Energy Projects – Significant Legal, Due Diligence Issues for Developers”, Electric Light & Power, March-April 2010.

Speeches:

Business Entity Selection and Formation, Houston Downtown Alliance, Entrepreneurial Workshop – July 15, 2009.

Choosing an Entity for your Business and Financing Transactions for Startup Companies, Young Professionals in Energy, Seminar – October 8, 2009.

Choosing a Business Entity, University of Houston Small Business Development Center, Workshop – November 12, 2009.

Choosing a Business Entity, University of Houston Small Business Development Center, Workshop – January 27, 2010.

Choosing a Business Entity, University of Houston Small Business Development Center, Workshop – March 11, 2010.

Choosing an Entity for your Business and Financing Transactions for Startup Companies, American Chemical Society-Greater Houston Section – May 5, 2010.

Liabilities and Responsibilities of Directors of Not-For-Profit Corporations, Mexican Institute of Greater Houston – May 20, 2010.

Choosing a Business Entity, University of Houston Small Business Development Center, Workshop – November 10, 2010.

Ask The Lawyers – Small Business Law, University of Houston Small Business Development Center, Workshop – March 15, 2011.

Commercial Leasing 101: Finding the Right Space and Understanding the Terms, University of Houston Small Business Development Center, Workshop – May 18, 2011.

Commercial Leasing 101: Finding the Right Space and Understanding the Terms, University of Houston Small Business Development Center, Workshop – February 22, 2012.

Commercial Leasing 101: Finding the Right Space and Understanding the Terms, University of Houston Small Business Development Center, Workshop – October 29, 2014.

Recognitions and Awards

  • Board Certified in Commercial Real Estate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2016 – Present
  • Texas Super Lawyers, 2017-2019 – Real Estate Law
    (by Thomson Reuters, as listed in Texas Monthly)
  • “Rising Star”, 2013 and 2014 – Real Estate Law
    (by Thomson Reuters, as listed in Texas Monthly)
  • H Texas Magazine’s Top Lawyers of Houston 2011, 2013-2014

Personal

Brett enjoys spending time with his wife, Sandra, traveling and staying fit.