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Kathryn L. Koons
(Founding Shareholder, President and Firm Manager)

As a 5th generation Texan and native Dallasite, Kathy learned early what she was supposed to be. Her dad, Bill Koons, formed Koons Fuller in the 70's (which is now the largest divorce firm in the Southwest). Her uncle, John Koons, her grandfather, and her great-grandfather were all Texas lawyers. Kathy continues the proud Texas tradition with her commercial real estate practice and as manager of Koons Real Estate Law.

Practice Description:
Kathy has practiced in the area of commercial real estate law since 1983. She is currently representing large and small companies, investors and developers in the acquisition, disposition, development, management, builders, leasing and operation of raw land, residential subdivisions, apartments, office buildings, condominiums, townhomes, retail and shopping centers, nursing homes and assisted living properties and other types of real estate. Kathy also has extensive experience in the structuring and formation of mixed-use developments, negotiation of partnerships and asset-protected entities, workouts and preparing and negotiating financing documents of all types. She has worked from the initial phase of a mixed-use project to develop a comprehensive high-end master planned community involving retail, multi-family, hotel, office and hospital uses. In addition, she has been legal counsel to the developer of a 2,000 acre mixed-use development in San Antonio, Texas, where she has worked on every aspect of the master plan, including the deed restrictions, infrastructure, build-out, annexation and entitlement issues, owner association issues, golf course negotiations with the golf course developer and related issues. Finally, Kathy has extensive experience in working for borrowers in workouts, loan purchases and "REO" sales related to distressed assets of all types.

Education:
B.A. in Journalism, English minor, Texas Tech University, Magna Cum Laude, 1980
J.D., Dedman School of Law, Southern Methodist University, 1983 (where she was an editor on Law Review)

Prior Experience:
Founding Shareholder of Axley & Hargrove, P.C., 1995 (n/k/a Koons Real Estate Law)
Of Counsel, Denton & Axley, 1992-1995
Associate, then Shareholder of Geary, Glast & Middleton (and its predecessor firms), 1983-1992

Hometown:
Dallas, Texas

Personal:
Married to John F. Ammons; mother of two daughters

Awards:
super lawyers 2007
super lawyers 2006
Texas Monthly Super Lawyer, October, 2006 and 2007
AV Rated by Lexis-Nexis' Martindale-Hubbell

Professional Memberships:
Dallas Bar Association
Texas Bar Association

Other Affiliations:
Chairman of the Board of Uptown Public Improvement District (2007-2010)
Director, Uptown Public Improvement District (2004-2014)
Advisory Board, Uptown Dallas, Inc. (2010-Present)
Director, Wilkinson Center (2010-Present)

Speeches/Publications:
Speaker – Residential Real Estate Construction Law 2008
Speaker – 19th Annual Advanced Real Estate Drafting Course 2008
Speaker – Annual Advanced Family Law Course 2011

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