innovative fractional general counsel to
those who want a principled partner, not just a lawyer.
- In excess of 30 years experience relating to fiduciary duties of directors, managers, officers, shareholders, members and retained professionals for Texas entities
- Initial 10 years trained as litigation attorney
- In excess of 20 years experience as commercial real estate, transactional and corporate attorney
- In excess of 20 years experience as “outside general counsel” for $1.5 billion company
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Johnny will partner with you or your organization as external legal representation. His goal is to learn the ins and outs of your business, allowing you the time to focus on growing your company with the peace of mind that your legal interests are being taken care of.
Johnny will oversee the sale, purchase, development or lease of commercial properties for prospective sellers, purchasers, landlords and tenants. This includes drafting and reviewing contracts of all kinds, from development and construction to title review and closing documents. He ensures that your business is in compliance with all federal, state, and local real estate laws while also keeping your company’s best interests in mind.
Johnny can partner with you to handle all legal matters with regard to your business dealings and transactions. This can include, but is not limited to, drafting and negotiating contracts, creating routine forms for repeated use at your business, advising on general compliance issues and facilitating the resolution of pre-litigation disputes for transactional clients.
Johnny provides legal support during the fusion of two companies into one or the purchase of one company by another. This can also include the purchase and sale of a significant equity interest in your company or an outside business, as well as asset purchase agreements. From negotiations and contracts to closing documents, licenses, and permits, he will walk alongside you through the process of merging with, selling to, or buying another company.
STRUCTURE & GOVERNANCE
Johnny can help you determine the best strategy to incorporate your business, whether that’s a partnership, an LLC, a C-corp, a co-op or something else, as well as draft and file all necessary documents and corporate agreements for partners, members, or shareholders. He provides ongoing representation to ensure all of your business organization, structure, and governance needs are in order from a legal standpoint.
“Johnny has essentially served Affiliated Foods as its outside general counsel in excess of 20 years. As I understand, he has only missed one board of directors meeting in that time. Johnny is not only an exceptional attorney who has gained the confidence of our board and management team, he also has great insight and understanding of how to balance our legal needs with our business needs.”
Randy ArceneauxPresident and CEO
“In the Summer of 2019, Urban Mining Company gained a valuable introduction to Johnny Merritt. In working with Johnny, it is clear that the quality of his work stems primarily from his genuine interest in the success of our organization. Johnny cares and provides diligent services that is organized, clear and effective. I've come to appreciate his ability to draw from a framework of knowledge and experience in order to find the most simple and effective solution. Johnny and his team were always prepared and available to assist in any way possible no matter the topic, task at hand, or timeline! We are truly thankful for Johnny and his team and highly recommend Johnny Merritt to anyone who is in need of seasoned transactional experience”
“Ag Producers Co-op has worked with Johnny for almost a decade. He ensures that we receive the proper representation for every matter, not only working directly on projects, but acting as a quarterback and connecting us with the right counsel when it is out of his wheelhouse. Johnny provides us with prompt attention and keeps us informed about matters throughout the process.”
“Johnny is a business leader's attorney. I began using Johnny for transactional needs in 2016 and immediately recognized his gift for advising decision-makers on how to balance contractual protections with the realities of getting deals done. I have come to rely on Johnny's opinions on diverse topics from contracts to negotiations, to finance and even how to be a better human. I recommend Johnny to any business owner for his legal prowess and you will get the added benefit of mentor-level advice from a very experienced corporate counsel.”
“Johnny Merritt has been an incredible asset to our companies over the last 5 years providing invaluable insight into corporate real estate transactions, general business practices and corporate structuring. We’ve not only experienced the positive impact of his services ourselves, but share several business and personal relationships with others in which we know he’s done the same elsewhere. For these reasons and many others, we have decided to take our relationship further and partner with attorney Johnny Merritt as our Fraction General Counsel.”
“My experience working with Johnny and Kiera has exceeded expectations. They are extremely thorough and have always put me in the best position possible when dealing with legal matters. They know how to bring in the right supporting team members, when needed, to ensure successful outcomes. I would strongly recommend their services to anyone in need of corporate and real estate related legal counsel.”
Jonathan PattonManaging Partner
“The BLESS Foundation has been so blessed by the legal advice and assistance that Johnny Merritt has provided since our founding. He has been a strong and mighty sounding board and has donated countless hours to ensure our best interests are protected. He has provided invaluable consultation, negotiated vendor contracts, and drafted legal documents. We are proud to have him as a part of our team both because of the values he represents and the quality, expertise and professional guidance he provides. The BLESS Foundation was founded on the principle that we have all been blessed, but we have been blessed in order to be a blessing to others. Johnny Merritt is the epitome of a man who is using his God-given blessings to make the world a better place.”
Tabitha and Heath HaleFounders
“We have worked with Johnny Merritt for some time now and his team has been a huge help with our real estate transactions and business formations. They go above and beyond typical service, trying to educate us as they perform top notch legal services. I have always been able to reach them when I have questions or need assistance. I highly recommend working with Johnny Merritt and his team.”
Tim BrownOwner and Architect
“Johnny is an excellent attorney and an even better friend and man! His legal background and corporate governance experience has been invaluable as a founding organizer and board member of Keystone Bank.”
LEGAL COUNSEL, ALIGNED WITH YOUR INTERESTS
Johnny helps Texas businesses meet and exceed their goals by providing trusted and ethical legal support when they need it, within the parameters of their budget. He will work with your organization’s individual needs to cultivate a lasting relationship and ultimately promote your success.