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Keenan L. Kolendo

Partner | Co Chair - Real Estate Practice Group

Keenan Kolendo is co-chair of the Real Estate Practice Group at Haynes and Boone, LLP. He has experience in assisting clients with commercial real estate transactions, including acquisition, development, financing, leasing and disposition of retail, office, senior-assisted living/memory care and industrial projects.

Professional Recognition

  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, Inc., for Real Estate Law, 2020-2022
  • Selected for the Connect CRE’s 2021 Lawyers in Real Estate Awards Texas

Recent Publications and Presentations

  • "Restrictive Covenants: What's New, What's Hot and What's Not" co-authored with J. Sullivan, presented July 10, 2010 at the 32nd Annual Advanced Real Estate Law Course in San Antonio, Texas.
  • "Options for Clients Facing the General Mineral Exception," with B. Bryant, Texas Lawyer, March 2010.
  • "Conveying Real Property Without Damaging a Title Policy," Dallas Bar Association Headnotes, January 2010, Volume 34, Number 1.
  • "OFAC and Money Laundering Regulations Bump Into Real Estate Transactions," co-author with Ann Saegert, presented at the 38th Annual William W. Gibson, Jr. Mortgage Lending Institute.
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Selected Client Representations
  • Representation of major U.S. financial institutions in leasing (including space leases, ground leases and subleases), acquisition, development and operating matters related to bank-operated real estate, including for branch locations, offices, ATMs, and data centers. Representation includes representation in expansion projects (of more than 100 new branch bank locations) in new regional markets
  • Representation of investment funds in acquisition, management and disposition of retail, office and multi-family property portfolios
  • Representation of major U.S. financial institutions in real estate lending activities, including acquisition, construction and development transactions
  • Representation of a REIT in connection with acquisition of 200+ property portfolio of senior-assisted living/memory care facilities
  • Structuring, negotiating, documenting and closing real estate components of merger and acquisition transactions for both publicly and privately held companies
  • Obtaining favorable awards and settlements on behalf of private entities arising out of condemnation matters
  • Representation of a Fortune 10 corporation in its acquisition and development of retail store and distribution center sites
  • Representation of major U.S. financial institutions in real estate lending activities, including acquisition, construction and development transactions
  • Representation of foreclosure services provider in analysis of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act and its application to new lines of business
Professional Affiliations and Engagements
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • The Real Estate Council
  • Downtown Dallas, Inc. Board of Directors
  • YMCA at White Rock, Board of Directors


J.D., University of Texas School of Law, 2003, with honors

B.A., Southern Methodist University, 1999



Press Release
Haynes Boone Recognized in 2022 Best Lawyers in America Guide
August 19, 2021

Haynes and Boone, LLP had another impressive showing in The Best Lawyers in America directory published by Woodward/White, Inc., with a cross section of lawyers from offices across the country recognized in the 2022 edition. The guide includes more than 100 firm lawyers from the Austin, Charlotte, Chicago, Costa Mesa, Dallas, Dallas-North, Denver, Fort Worth, Houston, New York, Palo Alto, San Anto [...]