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Harry Roberts focuses his practice on permanent and construction loan work for a number of institutional lenders; purchase and sale of commercial real estate for institutional and private investors; development of real property involving the assembly of land and zoning and construction issues; complex real estate transactions involving exchanges, lease-backs, and development agreements; leasing of office building and other commercial space; loan servicing including modification agreements, assumption agreements, and management agreements; reciprocal and other easements; local counsel opinions and counseling; loan workouts; foreclosure; and usury analysis.

Harry is consistently recognized by leading legal directories, including Chambers USA, which states that he is a “stalwart in the industry and uses his extensive experience to effectively represent institutional lenders and investors” (2013), and a “respected dean of Texas real estate law” (2011).

Listed among Texas’ top firms for Real Estate in Chambers USA 2020 by Chambers and Partners

Ranked among the top firms in the nation in Real Estate in The Legal 500 US 2020 by Legalease

National first-tier ranking and regional rankings in both Dallas and Houston for Real Estate Law in “Best Law Firms” 2020 by U.S. News-Best Lawyers®

Representative Matters

  • Represented a lender in a permanent real estate loan of $133 million secured by 81 properties
  • Represented the seller of the largest office building in Dallas
  • Represented a quasi-governmental entity in the assembly of land and zoning and construction issues in connection with the construction of a new Dallas headquarters
  • Represented a Presidential Foundation in connection with the creation of a presidential library

Honors & Affiliations


  • American College of Real Estate Lawyers, 1981-present
  • The Best Lawyers in America® by Woodward/White Inc. (Banking and Finance Law, Real Estate Law), 1983-2020
  • Chambers USA by Chambers and Partners (Real Estate Law), 2004-present
  • Texas Super Lawyers® by Thomson Reuters (Real Estate), 2003-2011
  • Best Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine, 2005, 2007-2011
  • The International Who’s Who of Real Estate Lawyers by Who’s Who Legal, 2012, 2014
  • Who’s Who Legal: Texas by Law Business Research Limited (Real Estate), 2007-present
  • ICFM Leading Lawyers 500, InterContinental Finance magazine, 2013


  • Board of Management, Park Cities – North Dallas YMCA, 1971-1973
  • Board of Directors, Dallas Legal Services Project, 1973-1975
  • Harvard Law School Fund: Chairman – Northern Texas Area, 1975-1978, Chairman, Major Gifts – Northern Texas Area, 1988-1989
  • Church of the Incarnation, Episcopal, Vestry, 1978-1981, 2006-2009
  • Urban Ministries Board, Episcopal Diocese of Dallas, 1978-1987
  • Board of Trustees, Shelter Ministries of Dallas, 1982-present; Chairman, 1992-1995, 2004-2005
  • Board of Trustees, Conference on Crimes Against Women, 2006-present
  • University of Texas, College of Liberal Arts Foundation Advisory Council, 2010-present
  • Board of Trustees, Episcopal Foundation of Dallas, 2012-present
  • Salesmanship Club of Dallas
  • Member, State Bar of Texas; Council of Real Estate, Probate, and Trust Law Section, 1978-1985, Chairman, 1984-1985; Title Insurance Committee, 1978-1990, Chairman, 1978-1984; Lawyers’ Opinion Letter Committee, 1982-1990; Real Estate Specialization Committee, 1977-1985; Partnership Committee, 1977-1982
  • Chairman, Dallas Bar Association; Real Estate Section, 1981
  • Member, College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Member, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Member, Dallas Bar Foundation
  • Adjunct Professor, SMU Dedman School of Law, Advanced Real Estate Transactions, Spring 2007, Spring 2008, Spring 2009, Spring 2011; Real Estate Transactions, Fall 2009
  • Visiting Scholar, University of Texas School of Law
  • Member, State Board of Insurance; Advisory Committee on Title Insurance, 1987-1991
  • Chairman, Texas Mortgage Lending Institute, 1990-1991

Education & Admissions


  • LL.B., 1963, Harvard Law School
  • B.B.A., 1960, Southern Methodist University


  • Texas

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