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Morris, Lendais, Hollrah & Snowden is a commercial practice law firm based in Houston, Texas, with additional offices in Paris, France.  The firm provides a broad range of legal services to companies and individuals doing business domestically as well as to companies and individuals whose business activities are international in scope.  Our clients include banks, mortgage bankers, mortgage brokers, manufacturers, commercial and residential construction companies, commercial and residential developers, title insurance companies, relocation companies, homeowners associations, foreign consulates, freight forwarders, import/export companies, oilfield companies, medical practitioners, insurance adjusters, investors, and others based throughout the United States, Europe, Central and South America, and the Far East.

AREAS OF PRACTICE

Real Estate. We are particularly qualified to represent clients in U.S. real estate matters.  We regularly monitor laws and regulations applicable only to non-residents, such as foreign reporting requirements, restrictions on real estate in­vestments, farm reporting requirements and subsidies.  We represent a large national title insurance company and have access to title information about real estate in most parts of the United States.  Our experience ranges from assistance in the acquisition and development of major projects down to the purchase of private residences and raw land. Of particular importance to foreign and large domestic companies is our representation of relocation companies in all aspects of acquisition and disposition of properties on behalf of their clients.

For several years the firm has had significant representation of builders and developers in all aspects of real estate projects.  Such representation has included assisting the developer in the choice and organization of an appropriate development entity and negotiating equity, assisting in short term and long term debt financing, preparing and negotiating construction and professional contracts, preparing and negotiating leases and sale documents, and furnishing general ongoing legal advice.

Financial Institutions.  We offer a wide range of legal services to state and national banks, mortgage bankers, international financial institutions, and other financial institutions and their controlling stockholders, including:

  • representation of mortgage banking firms in the documentation of all manner of residential loans and in all matters relating to compliance with governmental regulations affecting the mortgage lending industry;

  • representation of banks, savings and loan associations, other financial institutions, and individuals in negotiating, structuring, documenting, and closing a variety of secured and unsecured loans, including real estate acquisition loans, construction loans, commercial lines of credit, and corporate acquisition loans;

  • representation of financial institutions in the negotiation and documentation of loans for the development and construction of office buildings, shopping centers, apartment buildings, condominiums, hotels, home and town home developments, subdivisions, and special purpose developments;

  • representation of lenders and borrowers in all aspects of commercial and residential loan workouts, including the negotiation and documentation of settlement and modification agreements;

  • representation of state and national banks and state and federal savings and loan associations, which representation includes bank holding companies and appearances before bank and savings and loan regulatory agencies;

  • representation of secured creditors in processing and conducting non-judicial foreclosures of real estate liens and personal property security interests;

  • representation of creditors and other claimants in general collection activities and actions, including litigation and pre-judgment and post-judgment remedies; and

  • representation of secured creditors and unsecured creditors in all matters encompassed by bankruptcy and other creditors' rights laws.

Representation of International Clients. Morris, Lendais, Hollrah, & Snowden is unique. Many of our attorneys have had substantial experience in representing foreign clients doing business or seeking to do business in the United States. A number of our attorneys and support personnel are from foreign countries and many others are multilingual. We therefore understand and are ideally suited to handle the special needs of foreign companies and individuals attempting to do business and doing business in a legal environment that may be substantially different from the legal system with which they are most familiar. We also understand the peculiar complexities often involved in international business transactions.

We can assist in ensuring compliance with U.S. and foreign tax and other reporting requirements for the international client, and can explain the impact of the Internal Revenue Code on domestic and international business transactions. Our attorneys are also familiar with import/export regulations, as well as with regulations concerning customs and foreign investment. We have an extensive network of international connections, enabling us to draw upon the exper­tise of attorneys, accountants and businesses operating in other countries.

General Business and Commercial. Our firm advises clients as to the most appropriate forms of organization for their business requirements and handles acquisitions, mergers and other forms of capital formation and reorganizations. Our attorneys assist in the preparation and planning of corporations, and general and limited partnerships, including partnerships related to real estate investments and joint ventures with foreign partners.

We can assist clients in analyzing and structuring all types of commercial and real estate transactions. Our attorneys are experienced in negotiating and preparing contracts, licensing agreements, distributorship and sales arrangements, representation agreements and franchising agreements.

Litigation. The firm has a strong and active litigation section that represents clients in a broad range of civil litigation, particularly in lawsuits involving contractual, real estate, commercial and insurance matters, in both state and federal courts, including the bankruptcy courts. Our litigation attorneys have successfully represented clients in the chemical industry involving breach of warranty and products liability claims regarding sales, storage and use of petro-chemical products and oil field tubular goods. We also represent clients involved in offshore drilling activities and in claims related to commercial and personal injury matters pertaining to such activities.

We are a representative attorney for a national title insurance company and our litigation attorneys have been involved and represented our clients in a variety of real estate related litigation matters including, title disputes, deed restrictions interpretation, condemnation proceedings, mechanic lien procedures and environmental related claims and disputes. Our litigation attorneys have experience in service and discovery abroad, in dealing with international clients and claims, as well as in the conduct of multi-national lawsuits. Our litigation attorneys handle not only trial of these matters but also prosecute and defend appeals of the trials.

Other Services. The firm is able to offer a range of other legal services.

Negotiation. Attorneys in the firm regularly assist clients in the negotiation of contracts and business transactions.

Intellectual Property. Our lawyers include several with particular expertise in technology transfer between U.S. and foreign parties. We can assist in domestic and foreign trademark and copyright registrations, as well as litigation involving patents, trademarks, copyrights and licensing matters.

Immigration. As a service to international business clients, we provide basic immigration advice for foreign investors and business executives.