- International Practice
- Securities Regulation
- Climate Change
- Financial Institutions
- Labor and Employment
- Strategic Communications
- Corporate and Securities
- Financial Restructuring
- Educational Institutions
- Private Funds
- Intellectual Property
- Public Finance
- White Collar Defense
- Environmental Strategies
- Internal Investigations
- Real Estate and Projects
C. Robert Baird
C. Robert “Cris” Baird focuses his practice on transactional and corporate matters in the real estate industry. He has experience drafting, reviewing and negotiating leases on behalf of both landlords and tenants in office, mixed-use, retail, and medical office environments, purchase and sale agreements, loan agreements, licenses, consents, service contracts, construction contracts, management agreements, leasing agreements, commission agreements and a wide range of other documents related to the operation and ownership of commercial buildings. He also has experience resolving the day to day legal concerns of private companies and real estate owners and managers.
Prior to joining Bracewell, Cris served as general counsel for a major real estate company headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas. In that position, he oversaw all of the company’s corporate, transactional, and asset management legal work, and advised management on all legal matters affecting the company, including litigation management, risk management, crisis management, records retention, corporate secretarial matters, and compliance and integrity training.
Led the legal transition of a publicly traded company to a privately held company in a $6 billion "go private" transaction
Oversaw the sale of nine million square feet of Class A office space in a series of transactions
Negotiated the documentation of a $1.8 billion loan secured by portfolio assets
Oversaw seven separate loan re-financings which generated $680 million of loan proceeds in six months
Supervised the sale of $300 million in joint venture interests
Negotiated and documented the sale of $1.5 billion of office assets in 14 days
Publications and Speeches
"Role of the General Counsel," SMU Dedman School of Law guest lecturer, 2011-2013.
"Crescent Real Estate: a Case Study," Brigham Young University, Marriot School of Business, Executive Forum guest lecturer, 2011.
"Crescent Real Estate: a Case Study," University of Utah, Masters of Real Estate Development Program guest lecturer, 2011.
"Whose Art is it Anyway? The Answer May Surprise You. Artists Rights Create Legal Issues for Property Owners and Managers," Dallas Office and Commercial Real Estate Magazine. Issue 1, 2007.
"The New Texas Franchise Tax: Pass Through Consideration and Lease Language," AMO Exclusive Breakfast, Dallas Chapter of the Institute of Real Estate Management, 2007.
"Are You Doing Business with Terrorists? Presidential Executive Order 13224 and the USA PATRIOT Act in Transactional Practice," Tarrant County Bar Association, February 1, 2006.
"Tenant Exit Strategies: Subletting and Assignment, A Landlord Perspective," CLE International’s ‘Negotiating Leases’ seminar, October 20, 2005.
"Presidential Executive Order 13224 and the USA PATRIOT Act in the Commercial Building Context," Building Owners and Managers Association Southwest Region Conference, April 1, 2005.
J.D., Brigham Young University, 1996
B.A., Brigham Young University, 1992
Texas State Bar
Tarrant County Bar Association
General Counsel Forum
BYU Management Society, Fort Worth Chapter, Advisory Board Chair, 2007 - Present
Best Corporate Counsel finalist, Dallas Business Journal, 2011