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Chad A. Key


Chad A. Key’s legal experience includes all aspects of real estate, with an emphasis on acquisitions and dispositions of real property, development of real property, financing and commercial leasing transactions. He represents a variety of publicly traded and privately held corporate clients, real estate funds and individuals in all types of complex real estate matters, including industrial, office, hotel, retail, ranch land and multi-family projects. Mr. Key also has experience in the areas of oil and gas, public finance and economic development agreements.

Experience and highlights
  • Led team that represented a major independent energy company in the systematic acquisition of over $400 million in real estate assets in the Barnett, Haynesville, Eagle Ford and other shale natural gas fields, consisting of over 300 separate transactions, and including hotels, shopping centers, office buildings, apartment complexes and raw land
  • Led team that represented a major independent energy company in the acquisition of what is believed to be the largest assemblage of fee-owned surface natural gas drilling sites in the United States
  • Led team that represented a major independent energy company in a first-of-its-kind portfolio sale-leaseback transaction consisting of over $140 million of natural gas drilling sites located in the Barnett Shale natural gas field
  • Represents the owner and developer of a 17,000+ acre master-planned international trade and logistics center and mixed use development with regard to development, leases and sales to numerous Fortune 500 companies for industrial, office, retail and other projects
  • Represented client in the acquisition of the Ashton Hotel in downtown Fort Worth, Texas
  • Represented various clients in the acquisition and disposition of various ranch properties throughout Texas
  • Represented owners and developers in the acquisition, development and sale of office buildings, hotels, mixed use developments, industrial parks, and multi-family developments
  • Represented multiple land owners and energy companies
Affiliations and honors
  • American Bar Association
  • Greater Fort Worth Real Estate Council
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Tarrant County Bar Association
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers
  • State Bar of Texas
         Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section
         Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Section
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®, 2010-2018
  • Recognized as a "Texas Rising Star" by Super Lawyers, 2004-2011, 2014
  • Selected as a "Top Attorney" by Fort Worth, Texas magazine, 2007-2017
  • Honored as one of Fort Worth's "40 Under 40" by the Fort Worth Business Press, 2010
  • Recognized as "Texas Super Lawyer" by Thomson Reuters, published in Texas Monthly magazine, 2014-2017
  • Named a "Top Attorney" in Real Estate Law by 360 West magazine, 2017
  • Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2001
         SMU Law Review Association, Member and Articles Editor, 1999-2001
         Order of the Coif
         Phi Delta Phi
  • Texas Tech University, B.S., summa cum laude, 1998
  • State Bar of Texas, 2001