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Sanford A. Weiner

Sanford A. Weiner Of Counsel, Real Estate

Sandy’s principal areas of practice are real estate law and finance law. His experience includes real estate aspects of energy, project development, and project finance transactions; acquisition, disposition, leasing, and financing of commercial real estate; joint ventures; sale-leasebacks and other leveraged lease transactions; project finance; equity relationships, mezzanine loans, and other hybrid debt-equity transactions; and workouts, restructurings, and foreclosures. He also provides advice on usury and choice-of-law issues in commercial financing transactions.

Experience Highlights

  • Investment vehicle in the purchase of One and Two Shell Plaza, containing 1.8 million square feet of Class A office space in downtown Houston
  • BP in the $2.4 billion sale of its Texas City refinery and a portion of its retail and logistics network in the Southeast United States to Marathon Petroleum
  • St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System in its $1 billion transfer to the Catholic Health Initiatives
  • An energy company in its lease of approximately 845,000 square feet of an office building under development in downtown Houston, Texas
  • Two of the largest private equity funds as lead real estate counsel in their $45 billion acquisition of a large U.S. integrated utility company that owns 18 power plants and five lignite mines, including the real estate aspects of the acquisition financing

Representative Experience

  • An institutional investor in the $67.1 million purchase of a corporate campus in Houston, Texas
  • An energy company in the leveraged lease of its undivided interests in offshore production platforms
  • An infrastructure-focused private equity firm in the $850 million refinancing of a marine terminal company and facility
  • Pioneer Natural Resources in all real estate-related aspects of the $297 million acquisition of Carmeuse Industrial Sands, a U.S. subsidiary of Carmeuse Holding S.A.
  • An international engineering firm in the sale and leveraged leasebacks of its regional headquarters building
  • An office building developer in 500,000+-square-foot headquarters lease, governmental incentive programs, and related development activities for a downtown office building

Contact Details


T +1.713.758.2558
F +1.713.615.5268
1001 Fannin Street
Suite 2500
Houston, TX 77002
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Sandy's Practices

  • Harvard Law School, J.D. with honors, 1971
  • University of Texas, B.A., Economics with special honors, 1968 (Phi Beta Kappa)
  • Admitted to practice: Texas
    • Chambers USA, Senior Statesman, 2017 and 2018; Real Estate Law (Texas) 2003–2014, 2016−2018
    • The Best Lawyers in America© (Woodward/White, Inc.), Real Estate Law, 2003–2019; Corporate Law, 2003–2019; Banking and Finance Law, 2006­–2019; M&A and Securities Law, 2003–2006, 2008
    • Selected to the Texas Super Lawyers list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), Real Estate, 2003–2014, 2016−2018
    • The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers (Law Business Research Ltd.), Real Estate, 2008–2009, 2012–2014
    • Selected to the Texas Super Lawyers list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters) 2004–2005, 2015; Top 100 Houston Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters) 2006–2010, 2013
    • The International Who’s Who of Real Estate Lawyers (Law Business Research Ltd.), 2000–2011
    • Legal Media Group’s (Euromoney’s) Guide to the World’s Leading Lawyers–Best of the Best: USA, Real Estate Law, 2007, 2009, 2011
    • Best Lawyers (Woodward/White, Inc.), “Lawyer of the Year” (Houston), 2011
    • Who’s Who in American Law (Law Business Research Ltd.), 1990–1995, 2002–2011
    • Legal Media Group’s (Euromoney’s) Guide to the World’s Leading Real Estate Lawyers, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010–2011
    • Legal 500 U.S., Real Estate Law, 2007–2010 and 2016; Leading Lawyer, 2008–2010
    • Who’s Who in the South and Southwest (Law Business Research Ltd.), 2006–2010
    • Who’s Who Legal: Texas (Law Business Research Ltd.), Real Estate Law, 2007–2008
    • “Distinguished Real Estate Lawyer Lifetime Achievement Award,” granted by the Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, 2007
    • Texas Lawyer's Go-To Guide, “Top Notch Lawyer,” Real Estate Law, 2007
    • Who’s Who Legal 100 (Law Business Research Ltd), Real Estate, 2015
    • Who's Who Legal (Law Business Research Ltd.), Real Estate, 2016

    • Member: American College of Real Estate Lawyers (President, 2003); Anglo-American Real Property Institute; Houston Real Estate Lawyers Council