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.