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Stephen A. Cooney

  • J.D., South Texas College of Law Houston, 2002
  • B.A., The University of Texas, 1994
Bar Admission
  • Texas

Stephen Cooney is Board Certified in Commercial Real Estate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He represents buyers and sellers in negotiating and preparing documents for the sale, purchase, lease, development, finance and operation of commercial properties.  He also advises clients and prepares and negotiates documents regarding land use issues, deed restrictions, and property owners association formation and operation.  In addition, Stephen has a general corporate practice where he assists businesses with day-to-day operating needs, negotiating and drafting business contracts, asset and stock sales, business governance issues, and the formation and operation of business entities.  Stephen also handles matters for clients in the areas of public law and government relations. Before joining Gray Reed, he served as Communications Director and as a senior policy advisor to former Harris County Judge Robert Eckels. His ten years of experience in county government has provided him a wide range of knowledge on local governmental issues including permitting, land use development and open records/meetings laws.

Representative Experience

Business Transactions

  • Represented seller in negotiating $13 million sale of six franchised restaurants.
  • Represented oil field services company in $47 million stock acquisition of company that supplies syntactic foam products for use in offshore exploration and production; $20 million stock acquisition of manufacturer of deep water buoyancy systems.
  • Represented seller in $23 million sale of radiation therapy services business.
  • Represent clients in the oil and gas industry in negotiating master service agreements.
  • Serve as outside general counsel to company that sells and distributes frac flowback water treatment systems.
  • Serve as outside general counsel to rice milling company.
  • Advise clients in forming and operating Texas entities - corporations, limited partnerships, limited liability partnerships, limited liability companies, including the preparation and negotiation of partnership agreements and LLC agreements.

 Real Estate

  • Represent pest control company in acquisition of commercial property in Houston to expand business.
  • Represent seller in sale of pads in Bastrop, Texas for development of fast food restaurants.
  • Represented buyer in acquisition of multi-unit complex in College Station, Texas.
  • Represented oil field services company in lease negotiation of 215,000 square foot industrial facility.
  • Negotiation of numerous commercial leasing transactions, including office leases, and retail leases throughout Houston.
  • Advise clients regarding the formation and operation of property owners associations.

 Public Law

  • Serve as General Counsel to the Airline Improvement District, a municipal management district created by the 79th Texas Legislature (HB 1458); advises the Board on all legal issues, including grants, contracts, real estate matters and open meetings/records laws, and advises on legislative matters.
  • Represent investor owned water utilities; represents clients before the Harris-Galveston Subsidence District; advises on Groundwater Reduction Plan issues, and related water issues.
  • Represented a company regarding wage-scale issues while doing business with the City of Houston, resulting in the waiver of all penalties totaling $42,000.
  • Successfully appealed a client's removal from the City of Houston's Minority/Women Business Enterprise Program

Board Certifications

  • Commercial Real Estate Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Professional Activities, Memberships & Affiliations

  • State Bar of Texas, Real Estate, Probate & Trust Law Section, Business Law Section.
  • Real Estate Legislative Affairs Committee of the State Bar's Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section: Member for 82nd, 83rd, 84th , and 85th Texas Legislature.
  • Recently completed six year term on the governing Board of the Children's Advocacy Centers of Texas, Inc.; 2010-2011 Vice President; 2009-2010 Chair of Public Policy Committee; 2008-2009 Chair of Public Policy Committee.
  • Member of Rotary Club of Houston; Board of Directors 2017-2020.
  • Served seven years on Board of Directors of Maplewood South/North Civic Improvement Association, Past President.


  • Named a Texas Super Lawyers - Rising Stars Edition by Super Lawyers (a Thomson Reuters company) as published in Texas Monthly and Law & Politics magazine - 2010.