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Ashley Aten advises clients on diverse and complex real estate transactions, focusing on commercial real estate development, ownership, acquisitions, dispositions, financing and leasing. She counsels landowners, investors, developers, public companies, operators, equity partners, and retailers on matters involving retail, multifamily, office, and industrial properties, both in Texas and throughout the United States.

Ashley provides developers with practical and efficient strategies at every stage of the development process, from title and survey review and plat review through negotiations with local governments and utility companies, land-use agreements, and construction and consulting agreements.

Working with both landlords and tenants, Ashley counsels clients on structuring, preparing, and negotiating leases. She has wide-ranging experience with office ground leases, spaces leases, and subleases, as well as retail locations, shopping centers, and industrial properties.

In addition, she interacts with and assists developers, real estate industry professionals, and equity partners in structuring, negotiating, and forming limited liability companies, limited partnerships, joint ventures, and corporations with an interest in owning and investing in real estate assets.

Concentrations

  • Financing documents
  • Purchase and sale agreements
  • Joint ventures
  • Subleases

Capabilities

Experience

  • Represented a Fortune 500 tenant in the negotiation of multiple leases, each involving more than 80,000+ square feet of retail space.°
  • Represented a client in the negotiation, acquisition, and financing of a $30 MM student-housing development in Sunderland, Massachusetts.°
  • Represented a client in the negotiation, acquisition, and financing of a $56 MM assemblage of six different properties in Charlotte, North Carolina.°
  • Assisted in representing a Dallas, Texas-based real estate investment firm in the acquisition, disposition, and funding of retail shopping centers located throughout the United States, including Texas, Georgia, Arizona, Minnesota, and Oregon.°
  • Assisted in representing landowners in the Dallas and Houston, Texas areas in shopping center developments, pad sales, and development and retail leases from the landlord’s perspective.°
  • Assisted in representing a real estate investment firm in the acquisition of more than 50 triple net (NNN) retail properties throughout the United States for the creation of a new REIT.°
  • Assisted in representing a public company in its leasing and real estate development activities throughout the United States, including the preparation and negotiation of shopping center leases, build to suit leases, development agreements, and related documentation.°
  • Assisted in representing purchasers and sellers in connection with the acquisition and disposition of multifamily dwellings throughout Texas.°

°The above representations were handled by Ms. Aten prior to her joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

  • Judicial Extern, Hon. Jorge Solis, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, 2012
  • Judicial Intern, Hon. Eric Moyé, Dallas County Civil Court, 14th District, 2011

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, "Ones to Watch," Real Estate Law, 2021-2023
  • Recognized, Dallas Hispanic Bar Association (DHBA), “Woman of Distinction,” 2022
  • Member, State Bar of Texas
  • Member, Dallas Bar Association
  • Member, Dallas Hispanic Bar Association
  • Member, Dallas Women Lawyers Association
  • Member, Dallas Women Lawyers Mentor Program
  • Member, Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, 2014 Leadership Class
  • Member, International Council of Shopping Centers
  • Member, Mustang Bar Association
  • Member, North Texas Exes Alumni Association
  • Young Guns Member, The Real Estate Council
  • Member, UNT Real Estate Alumni Association

Credentials

Education
  • J.D., cum laude, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law
  • B.B.A., magna cum laude, University of North Texas
Admissions
  • Texas