Jackson Walker Expands Dallas Real Estate Practice with Addition of Steve Jenkins


Jason Walker L.L.P. is pleased to welcome Steve Jenkins to the firm as a partner in Real Estate practice group. Mr. Jenkins joins the firm from Haynes and Boone, LLP and adds considerable strength and prestige to jackson Walker’s Dallas Real Estate practice.

With more than 40 years of experience in the full spectrum of real estate transactions, Mr. Jenkins enhances Jackson Walker’s ability to serve the growing needs of its commercial real estate clients in the Dallas market, as well as the state and national markets, in the midst of a vigorous rebound.

“We are deeply honored that Steve has chosen to join Jackson Walker” said firmwide managing partner Wade Cooper. “Real Estate is a growth area for our firm right now,and Steve’s knowledge, experience, and sterling reputation in the real estate community will help us serve ourclients in this dynamic market.”

Mr. Jenkins’ practice is national in scope, and his clients include some of the largest and most sophisticated players in the commercial real estate industry. His experience encompasses all aspects of real estate ownership, leasing, financing and development – including municipal land u s e planning a n d economic development initiatives – of land, office, retail, hotel, industrial, multi-family, health care projects and mixed-use projects. Since 1973, Mr. Jenkins has been actively involved in forming public and private real estate investment trusts (REITs) and structuring private equity investments, joint ventures, a n d other ownership vehicles as well as handling the acquisition or disposition of thousands of real estate assets valued at more than $30billion.

“Steve is a tremendously valuable addition to our group,” said Jackson Walker partner Susan Halsey, who heads the firm’s Real Estate practice group and is managing partner of the Fort Worth office. “He is a great team-builder and innovator, and we are very excited about his role in solidifying Jackson Walker’s reputation as a power player in the Dallas-Fort Worth real estate market, as well as the state and national markets.”

Mr. Jenkins is highly respected within the Dallas real estate community both for his legal insight and for his involvement and leadership in professional organizations including the Dallas Citizens Council, the Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce, The Real Estate Council, the Greater Dallas Planning Council, and the Urban Land Institute.

Throughout his career, Mr. Jenkins has demonstrated a deep commitment to using technology to achieve greater efficiency in transactions and other legal matters. He is recognized as an authority in this area and frequently speaks on managing legal costs through the effective use of technology, as well as fixed fee and alternative fee arrangements. As an example, he developed a collaborative tool for use by law firms and clients and an online deal room that has been used by leading real estate companies throughout the United States to complete real estate transactions totaling more than $10 billion.

Jackson Walker, likewise, has long been a leader in using technology to provide efficiency and value for clients. In recent years, the firm has made several significant investments in its technology practice, including its association with CyrusOne LLC, which provides state-of-the-art, data center allocation across 25 global facilities. The real estate group has played a leadership role in deploying the firm’s sophisticated knowledge management system, which provides attorneys the ability to quickly and efficiently assess previous efforts for the benefit of the firm’s clients. In the area of litigation, Jackson Walker has developed a reputation for providing the most advanced products and tools available to help clients manage the litigation process and succeed in the courtroom.

“We take pride in being on the cutting edge of technology” said Mr. Cooper. “Steve has a great reputation as a technological innovator, and we look forward to his insights in this area to help us continue to provide the utmost in service and value to our clients.”

Mr. Jenkins is listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business as a leading U.S. practitioner for Real Estate (2008-2013). He was also named one of the Best Lawyers in America for Real Estate Law (2008-2014), recognized by Legal 500 US as one of the leading lawyers in Real Estate (2009), recognized as a Best Business Lawyer for Commercial Real Estate in D Magazine (2008-2009), and named a Texas Super Lawyer in Real Estate (2003-2007). Mr. Jenkins received his B.A. degree from the University of Texas at Arlington and his J.D. degree from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law.

Jackson Walker L.L.P. has I25 years of experience in providing legal counsel to clients throughout Texas, the United States and internationally. The firm provides a strong regionalbase of more than 350 attorneys inAustin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, SanAngelo, San Antonio and Texarkana.

Press Release: January 06, 2014

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