Bruce W. Merwin

Bruce W. Merwin

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  • Thompson & Knight LLP
    811 Main Street
    Suite 2500
    Houston, TX 77002-6129 USA
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Bruce Merwin has more than 40 years of experience working on all types of complex real estate transactions, with a particular emphasis in construction-related transactions, office building, apartment and condominium development, industrial projects, leasing, land development projects, and the purchase and sale of unimproved and improved property. He has experience with drafting many different types of construction-related documents including crane easements and temporary airspace use agreements. Bruce also has substantial experience in working with developers of multifamily projects, including mixed-use projects, and assisted living centers, including Alzheimer's facilities. Bruce is Board Certified in Commercial Real Estate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Bruce is the only attorney in Texas to be listed in both Real Estate Law and Construction Law in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® by Woodward/White Inc.


  • Representation of developer in structuring and documenting land acquisition, financing, construction, and leasing of a multi-building medical complex in The Woodlands
  • Representation of a developer in design and construction of a surgery center and medical office building and an acute care hospital and medical office building comprising a total of 265,000 square feet in the Southlake and Fort Worth areas
  • Representation of developers and several major tenants in leasing and build-out of multiple floors of office buildings and build-to-suit office/warehouse projects, including tenant work letters
  • Representation of developer in acquiring, developing, and leasing more than 20 buildings on several 500+ acre tracts for industrial and rail-related developments
  • Representation of architects in negotiating and drafting agreements with respect to the Houston football/rodeo stadium complex and the Houston basketball arena and related parking garage
  • Representation of owners, developers, architects, and contractors in drafting and negotiating more than 50 architect's agreements and construction contracts annually, including multifamily projects, medical buildings, manufacturing, and “green” office building projects
  • Representation of borrowers in all types of real estate financing, including CMBS loans
  • Representation of owners in design and construction of industrial plants
  • Representation of land development lender on more than 500 loans and sales of participation interests
  • Representation of portfolio sellers of apartment complexes (with defeasance requirements)
  • Representation of developers of office and residential condominiums


  • Chambers USA “Leaders in Their Field” by Chambers & Partners (Construction); 2003-2018
  • The Best Lawyers in America® by Woodward/White Inc. (Real Estate Law and Construction Law); 1999-2019
  • Texas Super Lawyers® by Thomson Reuters (Real Estate and Construction); 2003-2018
  • “Recommended Attorney,” The Legal 500 US by Legalease (Real Estate and Construction: Construction; Real Estate and Construction: Real Estate); 2015
  • Texas Rising Stars® by Thomson Reuters (Real Estate); 2004-2009
  • Top 100 Houston Lawyers; 2004
  • Keeton Fellow – University of Texas Law School
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated

Activities (Memberships/Affiliations)

  • Member, American Bar Association; Construction Law Section (Steering Committee - Contract Documents Division), Real Estate, Probate and Trust Section
  • Member, State Bar of Texas; Construction Law Section, Real Estate, Probate and Trust Section
  • Member, Houston Bar Association; Construction Law Section, Real Estate Section
  • Fellow, Construction Lawyers Society of America