Dallas, TX Office

12222 Merit Drive, Suite 1400
Dallas, Texas 75251

p: (214) 800-5191
f: (214) 800-5190

Jerry D. Johnson

Of Counsel

Jerry Johnson has focused his practice in representing owners, developers, and lenders, including the purchase and sale of undeveloped real estate and developed commercial real estate, office and retail leasing, and related development and financing matters. He has represented both lenders and borrowers relative to construction and interim and permanent financing for development of office buildings, shopping centers, apartment projects, and residential subdivisions.


Representation of both lenders and borrowers relative to line of credit financing of business operations.

Representation of both landlords and tenants relative to office building, shopping center, office and warehouse and telecommunications switch center leases.

Representation of the landlord in negotiating and documenting an office lease for approximately 725,000 square feet with a tenant who relocated its principal office from New York City to Dallas.

Representation of building owners regarding telecommunication provider agreements and related issues.

Representation of both buyers and sellers of developed commercial properties (including office buildings, shopping centers, hotels, and warehouse distribution facilities), and mixed-use properties (including related golf courses, marinas, and other related facilities).


Author, "Landlord Remedies in Texas," 33 South Texas Law Review 417 (June, 1990), cited by the Supreme Court of Texas in Austin Hill County Realty, Inc. v. Palisades Plaza, Inc, 948 S.W. 2nd 293 at 300 (Tex. 1995).

Author, "Landlords May Be Liable for Their Tenants' Trademark Infringements," Real Estate Trends, Arter & Hadden LLP, 1997 ICSC Law Conference, Special Reprint Edition

Author: “Emerging Telecommunications Issues for Owners and Managers of Office Buildings,” Real Estate Trends, Arter & Hadden LLP (2001).

Coauthor, “How to Handle Telecommunications Issues in Office Leases,” The Practical Real Estate Lawyer (Vol. 17, No. 5, Sept. 2001)

Coauthor, “Is It Reasonable To Agree To Agree To Be Reasonable?”, The Real Estate Finance Journal (Spring 2002)

Coauthor, “Office Building Security After September 11, 2001,” Arter & Hadden Review, (Vol. 8, Issue 1, 2002)

Author, “Premises Liability Issues for Office Building Owners in a Time of Terrorist Threats,” Journal of Taxation of Investments (Vol. 20, No. 1, Autumn 2002).


"Listing Agreements and Property Management Agreements," University of Houston Law Foundation Seminar on "Real Estate Documents, Workouts, and Closings" (June, 2000, March, 2001, and July, 2002 and February, 2003).

“Judicially Created Exceptions to the ‘Non-Recourse’ Loan” (Panel Member), American College of Mortgage Attorneys Annual Meeting (Nov. 2002).

“Common Areas in the Telecommunications Age,” Facility Forum (April 2001).

Practice Areas

  • Commercial Real Estate Transactions
  • Real Estate Financing


  • University of Texas at Austin (B.A., 1968)
  • University of Texas School of Law (J.D., 1971)

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas
  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas


  • Member, State Bar of Texas
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Dallas Real Estate Lawyers Discussion Group