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Tim Brown’s practice includes the representation of real estate developers, lenders and investors, energy companies, manufacturers, media companies, healthcare entities, municipalities, financial institutions, and commercial entities. His experience encompasses acting as a client manager and large infrastructure project manager of significant U.S. and international legal transactions.

He is Board Certified in Commercial Real Estate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

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

  • Represented public and private real estate companies in their formation, consolidation, and operation of office building, apartment, industrial and retail portfolios; such representation not only includes the transactional and operational work for these entities but also the condemnation litigation
  • Represented a real estate company registered on the American Stock Exchange in its formation, roll up of partnership, and operation of an office building portfolio
  • Extensive condemnation litigation
  • Represented a major oil company in division and transfer of refineries and manufacturing complexes
  • Represented public companies in connection with their real estate portfolio
  • Represented a Fortune 500 company in a $1.2 billion facilities lease
  • Represented a client in a $90 million leverage lease financing
  • Represented the purchaser in a $35 million acquisition of a hotel from Japanese investors
  • Represented a client in the $80 million acquisition of a multi-phased apartment project
  • Represented a client in the $150 million sale of two high-rise condominium projects
  • Acquisition, development, construction, leasing, and sale of numerous office buildings ranging in size in excess of 1 million square feet
  • Represented a client in the acquisition, development, and financing of a $12 million convalescent facility
  • Represented major tenants and landlords in office leasing ranging from 2,000 square feet to more than 1 million square feet
  • Represented major insurance companies in all equity investment and financing in Texas
  • Represented a client in the acquisition and development of a real estate multi-use subdivision with attendant country club
  • Represented a major oil company in division and transfer of five oil refineries and in all real estate work in the United States
  • Represented a client in the purchase/sale of a $450 million office complex
  • Negotiations of numerous construction, development, and management contracts
  • Preparation of Zoning Ordinances, restrictive covenants, and PUD agreements
  • Represented numerous energy companies in their downstream activities from the wellhead to the service stations or other disposition points
  • Represented international energy and manufacturing companies in their activities in the United States as well as U.S. companies in other countries throughout the world; such representation has included transactional work as well as international arbitrations
  • Represented a major worldwide refiner in the sale to a non U.S. entity of a 1/2 interest in a fuels refinery and in the creation of a joint venture with the purchaser. Represented the resulting ownership entity in its subsequent construction and financing of a Coker in the fuels refinery. This involved the creation of new feedstock, tolling, processing and transportation agreements with international requirements since the feedstock was being transported from the Yucatan Peninsula and some of the product was being transported back to Mexico. Since only an interest in the fuels refinery was being transferred, the work also required the separation of the businesses in the refinery, including separation of pipelines, processing units, infrastructure, service contracts, communication contracts and governmental permits. The transaction also involved Exon Florio and Hart Scott Rodino filings and approvals with the U.S. government
  • Separation of the Fuels refinery from the chemical and asphalt refinery within a major refinery; creation of joint ownership, shared facilities, and operating agreements to avoid public utility issues; separate communications, co-own, and operate infrastructure and develop product transfer models
  • Sale of a portion of the chemical business (resin and elastomers) in worldwide refineries (U.S., Great Britain, France, Germany, and the Pacific Rim), which entailed a separation of the facilities; establishment of co-ownership of the infrastructure; extensive definition of, indemnity for, and reserve and limitations of liabilities, environmental conditions; extensive separation and renegotiation of product streams; feedstock sources; and offtake/customer contracts
  • Separated five U.S. refineries with refining capacity of approximately 1.1 million barrels per day into different entities in order to segregate the fuels refinery, the chemical manufacturing facilities, the asphalt businesses and in certain circumstances the downstream distribution facilities; refining facilities were located in California, Washington, Illinois, Louisiana, and Texas
  • Represented a major oil company in the three joint ventures that combine the fuels refining activities of a client with the U.S. refining activities of two major energy companies, including refineries located throughout the United States consisting of fuels refining capacity in excess of 1.5 million barrels per day
  • Represented Petrobras in its bid to acquire the Good Hope refinery from Orion Refining Corp, located in Norco, Louisiana, with capacity to produce 185,000 bpd; refinery was reportedly sold to Valero Energy for an aggregate consideration of more than US$400 million with Petrobras the second highest bidder
  • Representation of a major energy company (within the 15 top energy companies in the world) in the acquisition of a 1/2 interest in a refinery and trading business in the Houston area, including compliance with Exon Florion and Hart Scott Rodino and appearance before CFIUS
  • Represented numerous energy companies in their downstream activities including from the wellhead to the service stations or other disposition points; suck work included sale and acquisition of midstream and services station facilities
  • Represented an international energy company in the acquisition and trading of upstream production
  • Formation and construction of an ethanol dehydration facility in the Virgin Islands
  • Represented international energy and manufacturing companies in their activities in the United States and U.S. companies in other countries throughout the world; such representation has included transactional work as well as international arbitrations
  • Represented services companies, E&P companies, drilling contractors, and royalty and mineral owners in day-to-day activities, including some litigation and arbitration of disputes
  • Represented media companies in their formation, operation, and sale of television stations and radio stations
  • Represented healthcare service providers in their formation, operation, and merger and consolidation activities
  • Represented manufacturing and service entities in various industries including steel mills, fabrication facilities, oil and gas companies, construction service companies, professional engineering firms, and architectural firms

Honors & Affiliations


  • The Best Lawyers in America® by Woodward/White Inc. (Banking and Finance Law, Natural Resource Law, Real Estate Law), 2003-2021
  • Texas Super Lawyers® by Thomson Reuters (Real Estate, Energy & Natural Resources, Business/Corporate), 2003-2020
  • Best Lawyers in Houston, Inside Houston, 2002
  • The Who’s Who Registry, 1992-present
  • Best Lawyers in Houston, H Texas Magazine, 2004, 2005
  • Who’s Who Legal: Energy by Law Business Research Limited, 2014-2016
  • “ICFM Leading Lawyers 500,” InterContinental Finance magazine, 2013
  • The International Who’s Who of Oil & Gas Lawyers, 2011


  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Houston Bar Association
  • Member, Houston Real Estate Lawyers Council
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, Houston Bar Foundation
  • Member, College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Member, Texas Association of Bank Counsel
  • Committee Member, State Bar of Texas Subcommittee on legal fees paid by title companies, 1987
  • Committee Member and Author, chapter on financing in The Texas Homebuyer’s Manual, 1985, State Bar of Texas

Education & Admissions


  • J.D., 1970, The University of Texas School of Law
  • B.A., 1968, Stanford University


  • Texas
  • U.S. Ct. of App., Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Ct. of App., Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., S. Dist. Texas
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., W. Dist. Texas