"My deal-friendly, collaborative approach, coupled with being detail-oriented, helps me assist clients in moving transactions forward while protecting their interests."

Betsy A. Cooper

Of Counsel
713.752.8606
bcooper@craincaton.com
Education
The American University, Washington College of Law, J.D., 2003

The University of Michigan, B.S., with distinction, 1998
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Betsy Cooper is a transactional real estate attorney whose goal is to guide her clients through the deal in the most cost-effective and efficient manner possible.  Clients appreciate her grasp of the big picture, attention to detail, keen sense of closure, and clear and concise communication.  Whether the client is an entrepreneur or a company, Betsy's focus is to make the transaction worry-free, accurate, and practical.

Sale and Acquisition

Betsy has extensive experience handling the sale and acquisition of commercial real estate from preparation of the contract through the closing.  To that end, she negotiates and prepares sale documentation such as: purchase agreements, deeds, bills of sale, escrow agreements for post-closing matters, assignments of leases and service contracts, entity actions authorizing the sale or purchase of property, assignment of declarant’s rights, and tax proration agreements. In seller-financed transactions, and when representing hard money lenders, Betsy drafts promissory notes and deeds of trust. She also reviews and negotiates loan documents on behalf of buyers.

Betsy reviews title commitments and surveys and negotiates cure of title and survey issues with title companies, surveyors, and sellers.  She analyzes the impact of REAs, CC&Rs, deed restrictions, leases, easements, and other title documents and counsels her clients on issues related thereto, keeping in mind each client's goals for a particular project.

Commercial Leasing and Subleasing 

Betsy represents a wide variety of landlords and tenants in retail, office, restaurant and industrial leasing matters. Her leasing experience includes drafting and negotiating medical office leases and negotiating, on behalf of landlords, with national retail tenants.

Betsy advises tenants on often overlooked lease provisions such as subordination and nondisturbance clauses as well as issues unique to retail landlords and tenants such as operating covenants, percentage rent, radius restrictions, and exclusive use clauses.

General Real Estate

Betsy routinely drafts and negotiates real estate documents such as utility, sewer, access, parking, and sign easements, restrictive covenants, boundary line agreements, rights of first refusal, option agreements, termination of easements, release of liens, tenancy in common agreements, and power of attorneys for clients.


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Admissions
Texas, 2012 (first admitted to a state bar in 2003)
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