Overview

The Bernard O. Dow Leasing Institute – Texas’ preeminent leasing conference – brings together experts in real estate law and finance for a focused day of programming on the latest leasing issues.
 
2020 highlights include: 

  • Commercial Leasing Industry—Re-Imagined; including sessions with updates on the health and prospects of the Office, Retail, Healthcare, and Industrial Warehouse sectors.
  • Contract Planning and Drafting; including drafting considerations for force majeure, casualty loss, civil unrest and related issues, default provisions, bankruptcy, workout agreements, and rental loss and business interruption insurance.
  • The New New—Changes in Business Practice; including discussions on cleaning and cleaning standards, landlord responsibility concerning the operation of  the building and health of tenants, and rental relief and deferment.
  • All this, plus 1.00 hour of on-demand ethics which will be provided in “Your Briefcase” at the start of the Institute

Event Schedule

Program is subject to change.
All times are Central Time Zone.

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Thursday Morning, Nov. 12, 2020
    Presiding Officer:
    Frank Z. Ruttenberg, Haynes and Boone, LLP - San Antonio, TX
  • 8:00 am
    Welcoming Remarks

  • Commercial Leasing Industry - Re-imagined
  • 8:10 am
    0.75 hr
    Office Sector - Demand, Density and Flex Space - Systemic Change or a Return to Yesterday?
    Review of both the tenants and building owners perspective of “return to work”. The healthful and highly productive workspace has always been a focus and this year’s challenges are an important part of the journey; while there’s not one silver bullet hear about a number of short and long term approaches that will have global validity in the future.

    Frank Z. Ruttenberg, Haynes and Boone, LLP - San Antonio, TX
    Rives Taylor, Gensler - Houston, TX

  • 8:55 am
    Break

  • 9:00 am
    0.50 hr
    Updates and Insights into the Retail Sector

    Frank Z. Ruttenberg, Haynes and Boone, LLP - San Antonio, TX
    Steve Williamson, Transwestern - Dallas, TX

  • 9:30 am
    Break

  • 9:35 am
    0.50 hr
    The Retailization of Healthcare
    Changes in the healthcare industry have dramatically altered the delivery of healthcare services and the real estate in which those services are provided. Examine the effects of the “retailization” of healthcare (or “medtail” as it is becoming known) on leases, as more medical uses continue their migration to more traditional retail settings. 

    T. Andrew Dow, Winstead PC - Dallas, TX
    Ashlee E Ross, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center - Houston, TX

  • 10:05 am
    Break

  • 10:10 am
    0.50 hr
    Industrial Warehouse Sector Distribution Systems and E-Commerce: Covid-19’s Impact on the Supply Chain and Industrial Sector
    Hear the latest on Covid-19’s impact on the supply chain and industrial sector.

    Grant Grubich, Winstead PC - Dallas, TX
    Sarah Z. Ozanne, Stream Realty - Dallas, TX

  • 10:40 am
    Break

  • Contract Planning and Drafting
  • 10:45 am
    0.75 hr
    Drafting Considerations for Occurrence Based Loss of Use
    Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, Landlords and Tenants paid little attention to force majeure and related clauses within commercial lease agreements – often viewing such provisions as “boilerplate” in nature. This presentation will contain a discussion and examples of drafting techniques for both Landlords and Tenants to employ when navigating the negotiation of these provisions in the future.

    Eric Alexander Johnston, McGinnis Lochridge - Austin, TX
    Sophia Makris, McGinnis Lochridge LLP - Austin, TX

  • 11:30 am
    Break

  • 11:35 am
    0.75 hr
    Lease Triage Strategies During the Pandemic
    Diagnosing vulnerable lease provisions, lease amendment therapies, and legal remedies for default.

    Thomas M. Whelan, McGuire, Craddock & Strother, P.C. - Dallas, TX

  • Thursday Afternoon, Nov. 12, 2020
    Presiding Officer:
    Ed Walts, The University of Texas System - Austin, TX
  • 12:20 pm
    Break for Lunch - Presentation resumes at 1:00 p.m.

  • Contract Planning and Drafting
  • 1:00 pm
    0.75 hr
    Business Interruption Insurance and Related Coverages in a Pandemic
    A discussion of the critical policy language and variations regarding coverage for business loss in the pandemic. Including an update on reported judicial decisions regarding coverage or not for business interruption, lost rental value, civil authority orders, and others. Noting special considerations involving real estate owners, operators and managers.

    Michael W. Huddleston, Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, P.C. - Dallas, TX

  • 1:45 pm
    Break

  • 1:50 pm
    0.75 hr
    Trends in Commercial Real Estate Lending
    Common issues lenders and borrowers are navigating on new loan transactions, loan modifications and work-outs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Seth Eaton, Winstead PC - Dallas, TX

  • The New New Things - Changes in Business Practice
  • 2:35 pm
    Break

  • 2:40 pm
    0.50 hr
    Legal Issues Related to COVID-19 Entry and Creating a Clean and Safe Work Environment
    This presentation will focus on the legal requirements for providing a safe workplace re-entry for your employees while we navigate the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  The speaker will focus on applicable laws to be mindful of as well as typical leasing provisions that may also apply.

    Anthony J. Barbieri, Kessler Collins - Dallas, TX
    Julie Young, Crescent Real Estate - Dallas, TX
    John Zogg, Crescent Real Estate - Fort Worth, TX

  • 3:10 pm
    Break

  • 3:15 pm
    0.75 hr
    The Health of a Building—What is the Landlord's Responsibility Concerning the Operation and Health of Tenants?
    A review of commercial landlord obligations and potential liability in Texas with regards to infectious diseases and contaminants.

    Cathleen C. Slack, Rigby Slack - Austin, TX

  • 4:00 pm
    Break

  • 4:05 pm
    0.75 hr
    Rent Relief in the Time of Pandemic
    The unprecedented economic pressures brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic have forced tenants to seek rent relief from their landlords, both for the immediate circumstance and for future pandemics.  We will discuss the rent relief alternatives being negotiated between tenants and landlords as well as the range of issues involved and provide practical advice on how to navigate this novel environment.

    Michael K. Kuhn, Jackson Walker LLP - Houston, TX
    Kati Orso, Jackson Walker LLP - Austin, TX

  • 4:50 pm
    Adjourn

Conference Faculty

Anthony J. Barbieri

Kessler Collins
Dallas, TX

T. Andrew Dow

Winstead PC
Dallas, TX

Seth Eaton

Winstead PC
Dallas, TX

Grant Grubich

Winstead PC
Dallas, TX

Michael W. Huddleston

Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, P.C.
Dallas, TX

Eric Alexander Johnston

McGinnis Lochridge
Austin, TX

Michael K. Kuhn

Jackson Walker LLP
Houston, TX

Sophia Makris

McGinnis Lochridge LLP
Austin, TX

Kati Orso

Jackson Walker LLP
Austin, TX

Sarah Z. Ozanne

Stream Realty
Dallas, TX

Ashlee E Ross

University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, TX

Frank Z. Ruttenberg

Haynes and Boone, LLP
San Antonio, TX

Cathleen C. Slack

Rigby Slack
Austin, TX

Rives Taylor

Gensler
Houston, TX

Thomas M. Whelan

McGuire, Craddock & Strother, P.C.
Dallas, TX

Steve Williamson

Transwestern
Dallas, TX

Julie Young

Crescent Real Estate
Dallas, TX

John Zogg

Crescent Real Estate
Fort Worth, TX

Planning Committee

Frank Z. Ruttenberg—Chair

Haynes and Boone, LLP
San Antonio, TX

Candace S. Baggett

The Calibre Group, Inc.
Houston, TX

K. Gregory Erwin

Winstead PC
Houston, TX

Kent Newsome

Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Houston, TX

Ed Walts

The University of Texas System
Austin, TX

Thomas M. Whelan

McGuire, Craddock & Strother, P.C.
Dallas, TX

Credit Info

MCLE Credit
UT Law CLE will report credit to the State Bar of Texas on your behalf. If you are claiming credit in the last week of your birth month, self-report your credit directly to the State Bar of Texas at texasbar.com. A Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you upon claiming credit.
Self-report your CLE credit directly to the State Bar of California at calbar.ca.gov. Print and keep the Certificate of Completion for your records. A Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you upon claiming credit.
The University of Texas School of Law (Provider #169) live webcast presentations meet the requirements and are presumptively approved by the Oklahoma Bar Association for MCLE credit based on a 50-minute credit hour. This accreditation requires attendance verification. In compliance with the rules, UT Law CLE monitors and records attendee responses to questions that randomly appear during the live webcast presentation. The response record is detailed on the Certificate of Completion.

To claim Oklahoma MCLE credit, Oklahoma credit option must be selected PRIOR to viewing the live webcast. Upon claiming credit, a Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you. UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the Oklahoma Bar Association within 30 days after the webcast.
Note on Self-Reporting Your Credits in Another State
If you wish to satisfy MCLE or other professional education requirements in another state for a program offered by the University of Texas School of Law, please check with the state bar or other licensing authority in that state to ensure it will qualify for self-reporting your credits.

To claim Other States MCLE credit, Other States credit option must be selected PRIOR to viewing the live webcast. Upon claiming credit, a Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you.

This accreditation requires attendance verification. UT Law CLE monitors and records attendee responses to questions that randomly appear during the live webcast presentation. The response record is detailed on the Certificate of Completion.

MCLE credit is presented based on a 60-minute credit hour.
Other Credit
The University of Texas School of Law (Provider #250) live webcast presentations meet the requirements and are presumptively approved by the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy for Texas Accounting CPE credit based on a 50-minute credit hour. Approved for general CPE credit only.

This accreditation requires attendance verification. In compliance with the rules, UT Law CLE monitors and records attendee responses to questions that randomly appear during the live webcast presentation. The response record is detailed on the Certificate of Completion.

To claim Texas Accounting CPE credit, the Texas Accounting CPE credit option must be selected PRIOR to viewing the live webcast. Upon claiming credit, a Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you. Self-report your CPE credit directly to the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy.

Contact Laura Tolin, ltolin@law.utexas.edu, if you have additional questions.
https://www.trec.texas.gov/sites/default/files/pdf-forms/CE_CLE-0.pdf

Use this link to obtain the TREC MCE form for self-reporting your TREC credit. The State Bar of Texas MCLE number will qualify this course for this type of self-reporting credit to TREC. UT Law CLE will provide a Certificate of Attendance once you complete the course.

Key Dates

Live Webcast – Nov 12, 2020
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