Chad M. Kell

I am dedicated to helping my clients overcome the various challenges they face during the rapid upturns and downturns of the energy and real estate industries. By thoroughly understanding each client's business objectives and how these may evolve over time, we can find efficient solutions that work regardless of where the market may take us.

Businesses across the country rely on Chad Kell to guide them through a wide variety of transactional and corporate matters, including mergers and acquisitions for both buyers and sellers, complex commercial transactions, entity structuring and day-to-day operational and governance issues. He represents clients spanning a number of industries, ranging from energy, real estate and logistics to manufacturing and technology. Chad is currently a member of the firm's CARES Act Task Force, which was formed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Before joining Gray Reed, Chad worked as in-house counsel in roles of increasing responsibility at a publicly-traded oilfield services company, where he was involved in acquisition and divestiture matters with a combined value of $5.3 billion. In addition, he handled diverse commercial transactions involving domestic and international customer and procurement relationships, IP protection and licensing, and information technology. Chad also counseled executives and managers on regulatory matters concerning interstate transportation and licensed assets, as well as other operational issues.

While working as in-house counsel for a historic real estate company, Chad was involved in acquisitions and divestitures of real property throughout the country, including sales of Class A properties in Colorado and Florida totaling $150 million. He also drafted and successfully negotiated development, design and property management contracts for retail, multifamily, industrial and office assets.

Chad's diverse experiences as in-house counsel have given him a deep appreciation for the need to understand a client's operational, financial and cultural objectives before providing legal guidance. By approaching these issues from the client's perspective, he is able to find a solution that efficiently resolves the concerns of all stakeholders involved.

Representative Experience
  • Represented Tri-State Vacuum and Rental in connection with its acquisition of Key Energy's Haynesville shale waste water management division, and the financing of the acquisition provided via seller financing and an equity investment by CIC Partners, a Dallas-based private equity firm.
  • Represented institutional lender to distressed oil and gas production company in debt for equity exchange and related reorganization matters.
  • Represented private lenders to prominent Houston restaurant concept in term debt refinancing and related corporate matters.
  • Represented brewery startup company with respect to formation, governance, financing and real estate matters.
  • Represented medical continuing education startup company with respect to formation and governance matters.
  • Represented borrowers and lenders regarding negotiation of debt documentation for numerous Main Street Lending Program loans.
  • Represented institutional lender to distressed proppant mining company in sale of term debt to affiliate leading recapitalization efforts.
  • Acted as outside general counsel for international and domestic entities in the following industries:
    • fiberglass pipe manufacturing and distribution;
    • oil and gas well drilling, completion and production services;
    • bulk shipping container manufacturing and leasing;
    • oil and gas pipeline SCADA design services;
    • industrial gasket manufacturing and distribution; and
    • managed IT services consulting.
  • Counseled borrowers across numerous industries regarding debt strategies and compliance with the Paycheck Protection Program.
Thought Leadership / News
Organizational Involvement
  • State Bar of Texas
    • Corporate Counsel Section
    • Oil, Gas & Energy Resources Law Section
  • ​Houston Bar Association - Veteran's Legal Initiative
  • J.D., University of Houston Law Center (2011)
  • B.A., The University of Texas at Austin (2007)
Bar Admission
  • Texas
When I Feel Most At Home
  • Spending time with my wife and keeping up with my two young children
  • Seeking out new and unique food destinations in Houston (the spicier the better)
  • Enjoying the outdoors — running, hiking and gardening