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.”
You’re a partner, not just a client. Johnny works with organizations in the Austin area and across Texas to provide fractional general counsel services that build trust, reduce costs and improve business results.
WITH THE MERRITT TEAM
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.