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“Jerry Harris has been counsel for the Hudgins Companies on all of our Austin development activities for the last 8+ years. In addition to his acerbic wit and generally pleasurable disposition, he consistently creates win-win scenarios while interfacing with groups on our behalf. More than anything else, Jerry is an honest man. … His candor and integrity have saved us countless dollars and hours.”

Brian D. Crowell, Partner, Director of Development, Hudgins Companies

Overview

As a former planning and zoning lawyer and City Attorney for Austin, Jerry is an authority on government regulations related to development approval in the region.

Jerry guides developers of apartments, condominiums, businesses and office spaces in gaining approvals for subdivision site plans, zoning changes, utilities and other permits that are essential to development projects. Clients rely on his insider knowledge, as well as his rapport with the city and county officials and staff who oversee zoning and land use, to help approvals proceed smoothly and efficiently.

Developers and engineers also turn to Jerry when the approval process hits a snag. They know his creativity and knowledge of the ins and outs of local government are instrumental in arriving at quick and successful solutions. Jerry also counsels clients on eminent domain matters and issues involving condominium and homeowner associations.

“Jerry Harris has been counsel for the Hudgins Companies on all of our Austin development activities for the last 8+ years. In addition to his acerbic wit and generally pleasurable disposition, he consistently creates win-win scenarios while interfacing with groups on our behalf. More than anything else, Jerry is an honest man. … His candor and integrity have saved us countless dollars and hours.”

Brian D. Crowell, Partner, Director of Development, Hudgins Companies


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Recognition

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent
  • The Best Lawyers In America, Land Use and Zoning Law, Real Estate Law, 2018-2019

Education

  • J.D., University of Texas at Austin School of Law
  • B.A., Oklahoma State University

Admissions

  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Real Estate Council of Austin
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Travis County Bar Association
Experience
  • Jerry has advised on the following real estate projects:
    • Marbella subdivisions, 1,750 multifamily units, Austin, Texas
    • Tuckaway Apartments, Cedar Park, Texas
    • Williams Drive Apartment, Georgetown, Texas
    • Toyota dealership, Cedar Park, Texas
    • Comanche Canyon Ranch extraterritorial jurisdiction planned unit development, 481 acres, mixed use, Austin, Texas
    • Lakeline Village, 400 acres, mixed use, Cedar Park, Texas
    • Silverado, 500 acres, mixed use, Cedar Park, Texas
    • Georgetown Village, 600 acres, residential, Georgetown, Texas
    • Motorola, Parmer Lane, 128 acres, office, Austin, Texas
    • Eaton Corp., 50 acres, manufacturing/office, Austin, Texas
    • Motorola, Ed Bluestein, 228 acres, manufacturing/office, Austin, Texas
    • Intermedics Orthopedics, 50 acres, manufacturing, Austin, Texas
    • Riata, 200 acres, apartment/mixed use, Austin, Texas
    • Lakeline Mall, 150 acres, commercial, Austin, Texas
    • Barkley Industrial, 200 acres, industrial/mixed use, Austin, Texas
    • Apple Computer, 128 acres, office, Austin, Texas
    • Canyon Creek, 1,200 acres, mixed use, Austin, Texas
    • The Uplands, 3,200 acres, mixed use, Austin, Texas
    • 3M Austin Center, 150 acres, office, Austin, Texas
    • Motorola Oak Hill, 150 acres, manufacturing/office, Austin, Texas
    • One Congress Plaza, 1.5 city blocks, high-rise office building, Austin, Texas
    • 54 Rainey Place, high-rise residential condominiums, Austin, Texas
    • Escondera, residential condominiums, Austin, Texas
    • Vaught Ranch, residential condominiums, Austin, Texas
  • Jerry has advised on the following property owner association projects:
    • Villa Montana Homeowners Association
    • Harris Branch Commercial Property Owners Association
    • Sanctuary on the Pedernales Homeowners Association
    • Escondera Condominium Units Homeowners Association
    • Horseshoe Bay Applehead Island Property Owners Association
    • Lakewood on the Park Office Condominium Unit Owners Association
Community Leadership
  • The Austin Club, Board Member, Executive Committee Member
  • St. Mary Catholic Church, Austin, Usher and Extraordinary Minister