Derek C. PershingAttorney

Year Joined the Firm


Practice Areas

  • Real Estate Transactional Law
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Acquisitions and Dispositions
  • Real Estate Development
  • Joint Ventures
  • Real Estate Leasing

Areas of representation

  • Development (industrial, residential subdivisions [master planned communities], apartments, retail and office)
  • Due Diligence Review (title, survey, plats, restrictions, ordinances, service contracts, management agreements, leases, easements, etc.)
  • Purchase and Sale Agreements (negotiation and review [seller or purchaser])
  • Easements (drafting and review)
  • Declarations and Restrictions (drafting and review)
  • Closings (document drafting, title coverage negotiation, coordination and facilitation)
  • Leases (drafting and negotiation [landlord or tenant])
  • Company Formation (LLC and LPs)
  • Loan Documents (drafting, negotiation and review [lender or borrower])
  • Texas Opinion Letters
  • Texas Local Counsel


  • BBA Finance, Summa Cum Laude, University of St. Thomas, 2010
    • Outstanding BBA Finance Graduate 2010 (Top Finance Student)
    • Completed BBA/MBA in under 3 years
  • MBA Finance, University of St. Thomas, 2010
    • Outstanding Non-Traditional Student, 2010
  • JD, cum laude, South Texas College of Law, 2013
    • Transactional Law Practice Certificate (Real Estate)
    • Pro Bono Honors Certificate
    • Order of the Lytae
    • Texas Journal of Business Law- Attorney Editor


  • United States Army 2002 - 2006
    • Health Care Specialist Course, Honor Graduate, United States Army Academy of Health Sciences, 2003 (Combat Medic)
    • Primary Leadership Development Course, Leadership Awardee & Commandant’s List
    • Army Airborne Course & Air Assault Course, EMT-B Instructor
    • Private Pilot License (ASEL)
  • Deployment for Operation Enduring Freedom V, Bagram, Afghanistan, March 2004 - April 2005

Bar Admittance & Certifications

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Houston Bar Association
    • Real Estate Section
  • Texas Real Estate Commission Salesperson License

Speeches and Presentations

  • Negotiating a Commercial Contract — Improved Property, University of St. Thomas, Cameron School of Business, February 2017
  • Land Use, Development, and Regulation in Houston— America’s “Unzoned City”, South Texas College of Law in conjunction with Rice University, Kinder Institute, April 2016
  • Real Estate ULI Lab, Rice University, Jones Graduate School of Business, March 2016
  • Current Trends in Best Practice in Real Estate, Rice University, Jones Graduate School of Business, March 2015


  • ULI (Urban Land Institute), Young Leader and Young Leader Mentor
  • CCIM Houston Chapter


  • Houston Young Lawyers Association Liberty Bell Award, 2012
  • Dean’s Citizenship Award 2013, South Texas College of Law

Contact Us

2500 Fannin Street
Houston, Texas 77002

Office: 713.222.9000
Fax: 713.229.8824

Reid C. Wilson