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Areas of Practice

Lender Representation:
Loan Originations and Default Resolution Counseling

Acting as a strategic finance resource for banks, insurance companies and investment advisors, Johnson Stephens & Leal will meet the client's goals –in Texas and nationally. Johnson Stephens & Leal represents national and regional lenders in loan originations (including acquisition, construction, and mezzanine loans, for real property transactions and commercial asset loans), workouts, restructures and foreclosures. Johnson Stephens & Leal is on the FDIC's list of approved legal counsel.

Developer Representation:
Real Estate Investment and Development

Johnson Stephens & Leal represents both individual and institutional clients in the acquisition, development and leasing of real estate throughout Texas and nationally. These transactions include forming special purpose entities, interacting with utility districts and other governmental entities, performing due diligence, and structuring debt and equity components for single purpose, mixed use and residential developments. Johnson Stephens & Leal represents both individual and institutional buyers, sellers and borrowers in the acquisition, disposition, development, financing and leasing of real estate throughout the nation.  Related legal services include forming SPEs, interacting with utility districts and other governmental entities, identifying and curing due title, survey and diligence issues, and structuring debt and equity components. Johnson Stephens & Leal also represents numerous companies in buying and selling businesses where real estate represents only a small portion of the value thereof, and in asset-backed financing.

Commercial and Bankruptcy Litigation

Johnson Stephens & Leal offers extensive trial and arbitration experience in complex litigation, including federal and state bankruptcy matters, federal and state appellate cases, contract disputes, employment-related litigation, insurance coverage disputes, professional negligence, and personal injury. Representative cases include successful representation of: a reinsurer in trial involving claims of breach of contract and fraud against its managing general agent; a large poultry company in an arbitration proceeding involving breach of contract and fraud claims; and a large insurance company in a bad-faith case. Other commercial litigation cases include the successful representation of insurance companies in numerous cases involving complex insurance coverage issues and extra-contractual claims.

Family Law Representation

Johnson Stephens & Leal also offers strategic representation on family law matters, including divorces, child custody, asset distribution and related matters. 

Dental Professional Representation

Johnson Stephens & Leal prides itself in its unique practice of representing dental professionals in a variety of business transactions, particularly the formation of partnerships and other corporate entities and the sale of all or a portion of dental practice assets in transactions throughout the country, primarily through their relationship with Cain, Watters & Associates, P.L.L.C.

Local Counsel Issues

All of our attorneys are licensed in Texas and are available to assist out of state clients in matters relating specifically to Texas law, such as conforming loan and contract documents to confirm compliance with the laws of Texas or by issuing local counsel opinions for borrowers.

Contact Us

Johnson Stephens & Leal, PLLC
4809 Cole Avenue, Suite 260
Dallas, TX 75205


Michael B. Johnson

John Mark Stephens

Abel A. Leal

Greg Dimmick

Joseph Gorman

Christopher T. Colby

Sarah L. Stephens