Mason Mote

Practices

Industries

Education and Clerkships

J.D., Tulane University Law School, Certificate in International Law; Tulane Journal of International & Comparative Law; Tulane Corporate Appellate Moot Court

B.A., Loyola University Chicago, summa cum laude; Sigma Iota Rho Honors

  • Summer Law Clerk to the Honorable Emilio M. Garza, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • Summer Law Clerk to the Honorable Max N. Tobias, Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals for the State of Louisiana

Admissions

Texas, 2010

Profile

Mason Mote focuses his practice on all aspects of commercial real estate transactions. He regularly represents lenders and borrowers in interim, permanent, mezzanine and construction financing for commercial real estate projects ranging from $5 million to over $2 billion throughout Texas and the United States. He also helps clients navigate the challenging process of debt restructuring and foreclosures.

Mason also has extensive experience working on hospitality projects. He has represented lenders, management companies and developers in the acquisition, financing and construction of hotels and resorts ranging from boutique hotels in Napa Valley, California, to luxury-branded resorts in Florida, and one of the tallest hotels in the Pacific Northwest.

Mason also routinely represents developers, buyers and sellers in the preparation and negotiation of purchase and sale agreements, development and construction agreements, and joint venture agreements in connection with the acquisition, disposition and development of raw land and commercial properties, including hospitality (hotels and resorts), multi-family, office, industrial, and retail projects.

Mason also advises landlords, tenants and developers in the preparation and negotiation of commercial leases, including office, industrial, and retail leases, and ground leases for the development of land.

Professional Recognition

  • Selected for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars, Thomson Reuters, 2017-2018
  • Leadership Houston, Class XXXV, 2016-2017

Selected Publications and Speeches
  • "Contract Drafting to Reduce or Eliminate Damages," contributor on legal limitations, American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction Industry 2013

Professional and Community Activities

  • BARC - City of Houston, Board Member, 2017-Present
  • Houston Methodist Hospital, DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center, Council Member, 2015-Present
  • Central Houston, Inc., Member, 2012-Present; Stakeholders Council Member, 2017-Present
  • NAOIP, Member, 2017-Present
  • American Bar Association, Real Property Section, 2012-Present
  • State Bar of Texas, Real Estate Section, 2012-Present
  • Houston Bar Association, Homeless Committee Campaign, 2011-2012; Real Estate Section, 2012-Present
  • Buffalo Bayou Partnership, Steering Committee, 2016-2017

Honors

Super Lawyers

Haynes and Boone Lawyers Selected as Texas Rising Stars 2018

Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars 2018, published by Thomson Reuters, has recognized 35 Haynes and Boone lawyers as up-and-coming practitioners in the state.

Selected Client Representations

Commercial Real Estate Finance

  • Represented lead lender in $430,000,000 construction loan for the development of a hotel project in Seattle.
  • Represented lead lender in $417,000,000 syndicated loan for the acquisition of a portfolio of internationally-branded hotels throughout the United States.
  • Represented lead lender in $300,000,000 syndicated loan for the acquisition of industrial properties throughout the United States.
  • Represented lead lender in syndicated loans totaling $153,000,000 for the acquisition of boutique hotels and ground leases in Napa Valley, CA.
  • Represented lead lender in $147,000,000 construction loan for the development of a multi-family project in San Francisco.
  • Represented lead lender in $80,000,000 syndicated loan for the refinance of two office towers in downtown Houston.
  • Represented lead lender in construction and interim loans totaling $71,000,000 for the development of luxury auto dealerships in Austin.
  • Represented borrower in term and mezzanine loans totaling over $50,000,000 for acquisition and development costs of raw land.
  • Represented international hotel brand in mezzanine loans for the construction of a hotel in Chicago and the conversion of a hotel in Washington, D.C.
  • Represented lead lender as local counsel in over $2 billion of exit financing secured by 24 power plants and mines in Texas.

Commercial Real Estate Transactions

  • Represented plastics manufacturer in the acquisition and development of manufacturing and distribution facilities in Baytown, TX.
  • Represented investor in the acquisition of grocery store-anchored shopping centers in Houston.
  • Represented developer in the negotiation of construction and development agreements for the construction of medical office buildings in Houston and The Woodlands, TX.
  • Represented financial institution in the acquisition and development of multiple bank branches in Houston.

Commercial Real Estate Leasing

  • Represented landlord in the negotiation of commercial leases for a portfolio of distribution warehouses in Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio.
  • Represented tenant in the negotiation of an office lease for its Texas-based headquarters.
  • Represented tenant in the negotiation of a sublease for an industrial property in Texas.
  • Represented developer in the negotiation of a multi-floor commercial lease to open a food hall in an office tower in downtown Houston.
  • Represented financial institution in the negotiation of ground leases for expansion in Houston.

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