Abby Johanson


Education and Clerkships

J.D., St. Mary's University School of Law, 2014, cum laude; Phi Delta Phi International Legal Fraternity – Tarlton Inn; Harlan Society

B.P.A., Texas State University, 2009




Abby Johanson is an associate in the Real Estate Practice Group. Her practice focuses on assisting clients in San Antonio, Austin and Central Texas with a wide range of commercial real estate matters, including the negotiation and preparation of documents relating to the acquisition, disposition, leasing, financing and development of various income producing commercial properties.

Abby’s experience includes representing both private and institutional parties, with respect to the acquisition, disposition, leasing, financing and development, and day-to-day operations of commercial real estate properties, including:

  • Office buildings complexes, including medical office buildings and healthcare facilities
  • Multifamily and mixed-use developments
  • Quarrying operations
  • Industrial buildings and distribution centers
  • Large ranch tracts

Professional Recognition

  • Recognized in Best San Antonio Female Lawyers, San Antonio Scene, Scene Monthly, LLC, 2021
  • Recognized as a Rising Star Lawyer, SA Scene magazine, 2018-2020

Professional and Community Activities

  • San Antonio Young Lawyers Association
  • San Antonio Bar Association

Selected Publications and Speeches

  • "Finish-Out and Work Letters," speaker, UTLAW CLE 2017 Bernard O. Dow Leasing Institute, Houston, November 10, 2017.

Real Estate


Making Lease Work Letters Work!

The function of the commercial lease is to set out the respective rights and responsibilities of the Landlord and Tenant relating to the leased property. As a part of a lease relationship, a tenant of commercial property will often need to have the lease address the manner in which the tenant will be allowed to make alterations to the real property.


Abby Johanson

Abby Johanson Named a Scene Magazine Rising Star for 2018

San Antonio Scene Magazine has recognized Haynes and Boone Associate Abby Johanson in its annual Rising Star Lawyer feature.

Published by Scene Monthly LLC, May 2018.

Real Estate

Real Estate

The New Dominance of Groundwater (When Oil and Water Mix)

There has been an increasing focus on the rights relating to the ownership and use of groundwater in Texas as the demands for such water increase throughout our State. As a result, a number of significant issues relating to groundwater rights have found their way into our State courts, and the Texas Supreme Court has not been shy in its willingness to jump in to clarify these issues as they arise.

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