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Kent Newsome, Chair of the firm's Texas Real Estate Practice, has more than 30 years of experience that includes commercial real estate, real estate development, health care acquisitions and development, financing transactions, and general business law.

Kent regularly represents owners, developers and users of commercial, retail, industrial, and farm and ranch properties in the acquisition, financing, development, leasing, management, operation and sale of income producing properties, including office buildings, shopping centers and manufacturing facilities. He represents lessors and lessees in the negotiation of commercial, retail and industrial leases. He also represents owners, developers and operators of health care facilities including hospitals, medical office buildings and surgery centers.

In addition to his legal practice, Kent has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Houston Law Center where he has taught courses in advanced real estate law.


  • Real estate
  • Health care




  • Texas Qualified Mediator, A.A. White Dispute Resolution Institute, Houston, Texas

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate Law, 2003-2024
  • Listed, Chambers USA Guide, 2003-2023
  • Recipient, State Bar of Texas REPTL Section, "Weatherbie Workhorse Award," 2023
  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Texas Super Lawyers, 2003-2023
  • Team Member, Chambers & Partners USA Real Estate Law Firm of the Year, 2010, 2013, 2017-2018, and 2022
  • Team Member, a U.S. News - Best Lawyers®, "Law Firm of the Year" in Real Estate Law, 2015
  • Team Member, The Legal 500 United States, "Top Tier" Firm in Real Estate, 2013 and 2014
  • Team Member, a Law360 "Real Estate Practice Group of the Year," 2011-2013, 2015, and 2022
  • Listed, Euromoney Institutional Investor's Real Estate Expert Guide "Best Real Estate Lawyers in the World"
  • Listed, Chambers USA Guide "Best Real Estate Lawyers in Texas"
  • Listed, H Texas magazine, "Super Lawyers"
  • Listed, Who's Who Legal
  • Listed, Texas' Best Lawyers
  • Rated, AV Preeminent® 5.0 out of 5.0

°AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell DistinguishedSM and Martindale-Hubbell NotableSM are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell® certification procedures, standards and policies.

  • Adjunct Professor, University of Houston Law Center
  • Fellow, Houston Bar Foundation
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, American College of Real Estate Lawyers
  • Member, Houston Bar Association
    • Past Chair, Real Estate Section
    • Past Chair, Entertainment and Sports Law Section
  • Member, Houston Real Estate Lawyers' Council
  • Member, State Bar of Texas
    • Past Member, Governing Council of the Real Estate, Probate and Trust Section


  • J.D., Vanderbilt University Law School, 1985
  • B.A., Wake Forest University, 1982
  • Texas