Mel is a senior level commercial real estate manager at the international law firm Bracewell LLP with over 20 years’ experience in all phases of commercial real estate and energy transactions including the sale, acquisition and development of industrial and energy facilities, healthcare, hospitality, office, retail, and mixed-use development facilities; construction contracts; as well as office and industrial leasing. Mel has had direct oversight responsibility for Fortune 100 company national lease audits and often acts as lead diligence coordinator of title and survey review teams for specific markets in national acquisition and divestiture campaigns. She assists in the debt restructuring of energy companies and the diligence, acquisition and disposition of multi-state power plants, cogeneration facilities, and wind and solar farms. She is a UCC compliance expert, and her experience also includes contracts management, including oil and gas master service agreements, drilling contracts, cell tower leasing and site review, and other corporate and general transactional matters.

Mel is additionally a licensed Texas Realtor®, and a member of Houston Association of Professional Landmen. She has been published in and interviewed for various national and state publications such as Legal Examiner and is a guest speaker at many CLE programs and forums on the topics of ethics, commercial real estate, and the role of non-attorney consultants in today’s economically conservative legal market. She has additionally served as an adjunct professor teaching Real Estate Law at a local Houston community college system.

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