Murray | Lobb possesses vital expertise spanning the spectrum of a company’s life cycle. We advise companies ranging from small to large, as well as privately held corporations, on most corporate concerns. We assist in selecting the best corporate structure based on company-specific factors like tax implications, liability, transferability, strategic growth, as well as exit and succession planning.
Murray | Lobb offers our clients a wealth of experience to help deal with employee issues that frequently arise. We routinely advise clients on forms of unfair competition, both through appropriate agreements, including non-compete, non-solicitation, non-disparagement, confidentiality agreements, and severance and release agreements, as well as appropriate legal action to protect their respective business interests. We also defend claims of employment discrimination, advise on employee/independent contractor status, overtime and wage issues, and provide representation at investigations and proceedings before the Texas Workforce Commission, EEOC, and Department of Labor.
Real Estate Law
From small, relatively straightforward transactions to complex multimillion dollar sales or acquisitions, Murray | Lobb has represented owners, developers, financial institutions, and investors with determination and success. Our representation experience includes the development, sale or acquisition of townhomes, apartments, condominiums, medical facilities, mixed-use, multi-family, office and retail centers, as well as raw land.
The wisdom obtained from more than a quarter century of experience in real estate allows Murray | Lobb to develop some of the most refined and secure real estate documents. Murray | Lobb provides a variety of real estate documents to numerous title companies, banks, and others; routinely engaged in facilitating real estate transactions. Documents include sales contracts, promissory notes, residential and commercial leases, security agreements, various deeds and deeds of trust, releases, assignments, and home equity loans.
Several decades ago, Murray | Lobb was formed to provide legal services to banks. Our expertise includes: work on various types of lending transactions, loan documentation—including SBA, foreclosures, forbearances, modifications, bankruptcy and restructuring matters—disputes, consumer financial matters, and other banking-specific practices/needs.
In addition to traditional commercial loans, our expertise extends to a broad range of specialized SBA loan packages for lenders offering 7(a), SBA Express, CAP Lines, Small Loan Advantage, Community Advantage, International Trade, Export Working Capital, Export Express, CDC/504, and Micro-loan loan programs.
We also provide various types of loan documentation, including all types of loan agreements, promissory notes, security agreements covering inventory, equipment, accounts, instruments, chattel paper, general intangibles and other personal property business assets, stock and other ownership interest pledges, guaranties, affidavits, waivers, and entity authorization documents.
Litigation & Trial
With decades of commercial litigation experience, Murray | Lobb counsels clients on matters involving all stages of litigation, including trial, some appellate proceedings, and a variety of other dispute-resolution forums such as mediation.
Murray | Lobb’s attorneys have appeared before state and federal district courts and state appellate courts and are prepared to represent and defend its clients through trial, verdict, and, when this course best serves their interests, appeal. What matters to our clients matters to us. We are always mindful of our clients' business and personal goals and committed to the pursuit of tailored strategies designed to achieve those goals, successfully, efficiently, and cost-effectively.
Construction & Trade Industry Law
Murray | Lobb Attorneys know that construction companies face a complex set of challenges that complicate their business and require thoughtful approaches to protect the company from potential loss and litigation.
We ardently advise and represent builders and developers, subcontractors and suppliers, design professionals, owners/buyers, and other parties in all aspects of construction law, including construction claims, defaults during construction, design defect, mechanics' liens and bond claims, contract drafting, review and negotiations, and OSHA compliance, citations, and proceedings.
Bankruptcy & Creditors Rights Law
Murray | Lobb offers a full range of experience under all chapters of the bankruptcy code to creditors. We have represented a variety of secured and unsecured clients and other parties in interest in the bankruptcy setting. Our attorneys have been representing creditors in bankruptcy proceedings throughout Texas and numerous other states for over 30 years.
Clients represented include financial institutions, builders and suppliers, equipment and other types of lessors, as well as a variety of other commercial clients. Our representations frequently included defending preference actions, fraudulent transfer litigation, automatic stay actions, objections to discharge, claims, proofs of claim and confirmation objections.
When time is of the essence we professionally and compactly handle tight deadlines that are typical of bankruptcy, reviewing and analyzing relevant information, understanding its implications, and giving concise and decisive legal advice. We have defended claims and avoidance litigation for numerous creditors. We have extensive experience helping both secured and unsecured creditors to ensure their rights are protected and to maximize their potential recovery from debtors in bankruptcy.
We also assist clients in acquiring assets from financially distressed debtors in and out of bankruptcy, recovering assets, workouts and foreclosures and aggressive and cost-effective representation in traditional collection litigation through the use of various garnishments, writs, sequestration and filing various type of liens including mineral and mechanic's liens. We routinely seize assets both pre- and post- judgement, including bank accounts, real and personal property, and request the appointment of a receiver to take control of a business.
Probate & Estate Administration Law
Murray | Lobb routinely represents clients throughout Harris, Galveston, Fort Bend, Montgomery, and Chambers County in probate and estate administration matters. We provide expert counsel to clients on simple and complex probate and estate administration. We have years of experience seeing these matters through to the end, providing thorough, personalized representation at every step of the process, from the appointment of fiduciaries to the final closing of the estate.
During the probate process, many needs can arise, including clearing titles, satisfying creditors, paying expenses, collecting debts, and organizing the assets of the estate. We can also assist in heirship determinations, distribution of property, attendance at various hearings, estate tax elections and filings, as well as independent administration and alternative probate procedures like muniments of title.
The firm also advises many clients in estate planning, wills, trusts, advance directives, and powers of attorney.
WHAT WE DO
Areas of Practice
Community Associations Law
Murray | Lobb represents a variety of community associations, including property owners’ associations, condominium associations, commercial associations, and master planned communities. We provide assistance with the establishment of the association and on-going representation issues like corporate and legal compliance, collections, and deed restriction enforcement.