Hunsaker, Scott

Scott Hunsaker

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Scott Hunsaker practices primarily in the areas of aircraft transactions and real estate law.

Scott is Board Certified in Commercial Real Estate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He represents landlords, tenants, users, investors, developers and borrowers in the leasing, operation, acquisition, disposition, development and financing of office, retail, industrial, multifamily, and farm and ranch properties as well as raw land. Clients include institutional partnerships, private and public corporations and family offices.

Scott Hunsaker practices primarily in the areas of aircraft transactions and real estate law.

Scott is Board Certified in Commercial Real Estate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He represents landlords, tenants, users, investors, developers and borrowers in the leasing, operation, acquisition, disposition, development and financing of office, retail, industrial, multifamily, and farm and ranch properties as well as raw land. Clients include institutional partnerships, private and public corporations and family offices.

Scott is a member of the National Business Aircraft Association and represents buyers, sellers, borrowers, lenders, lessors and lessees in purchasing, selling, leasing, financing, owning and operating aircraft, including publicly and privately held corporations, family offices and individuals. His practice includes negotiating ancillary contracts, such as hanger leases, fuel contracts, brokerage, management and services agreements, and providing associated tax and FAA regulatory advice.

Scott also represents trademark owners and users in selecting, clearing, registering, licensing and enforcing trademark rights.

Scott’s representative experience includes:

Aircraft Transactions

  • Represented publicly traded company in acquiring and leasing a Gulfstream G280 aircraft
  • Represented publicly traded company in disposing of a Gulfstream G450 aircraft
  • Represented private equity-owned company in modifying and extending its U.S. and E.U. NetJets aircraft contracts
  • Represented individual in purchasing and financing a Gulfstream GIV aircraft
  • Represented a publicly traded company in making 1031 exchanges of corporate aircraft
  • Represented private equity-owned health care company in acquiring and financing a LearJet 45 aircraft
  • Represented an individual in taking a security interest in several “warbirds” aircraft
  • Represented a publicly traded company in acquiring and financing a Falcon 900 aircraft
  • Advised publicly traded company in regards to FAA Part 91 compliance of its aircraft ownership and use structure, and obtained FAA opinion re same
  • Represented a private equity-backed company in acquiring in the EU, importing to the United States and financing a Falcon 2000LX aircraft
  • Represented a public company in negotiating a contract for the purchase of a Gulfstream G500 aircraft
  • Represented a private company in negotiating aircraft lease, fuel, management and services contracts
  • Represented a private company in disposing of a Challenger 300 aircraft
  • Advised public company in negotiating and modifying synthetic leases of its aircraft fleet
  • Represented privately held company in negotiating non-citizen owner trust agreement to permit FAA registration
  • Represented a private equity-backed company in refinancing its aircraft
  • Represented a family office in refinancing its corporate jet
  • Represented a publicly traded bank in winding up its aircraft leasing operations, including negotiating returns of leased aircraft, negotiating aircraft brokerage and services agreements, and disposing of the aircraft
  • Represented a family office in acquiring a Pilatus aircraft
  • Represented a publicly traded company in negotiating the purchase of a new Falcon 7X aircraft
  • Represented a family office in selling a Eurocopter rotorcraft

Real Estate

  • Represented institutional investment partnership in acquiring a portfolio of Class "A" office buildings in Houston, Texas, aggregating 1,000,000 square feet
  • Represented institutional investment partnership in acquiring 90-acre site in Houston, Texas, for retail center development, and related financings and entity organization
  • Represented public REIT in acquiring a major retail development in the Galleria area of Houston
  • Represented investment partnership in purchasing three Class "A" office buildings in Irving, Texas
  • Represented a major foreign bank in a leveraged lease transaction involving corporate facilities in Irving, Texas
  • Represented major pipeline company in evaluating Texas pipeline easement rights
  • Represented foreign-owned seller of 150,000 square foot office building in Houston
  • Represented publicly traded company in leasing 100,000 square feet of Class "A" office space in Irving, Texas
  • Represented Fortune 500 company in developing 150,000 square foot office facility in Sugar Land, Texas
  • Served as lead leasing counsel for owners of several Class "A" and "B" office buildings in Houston
  • Represented Fortune 500 company in disposing of over 50 landfills, transfer stations and hauling facilities in several states
  • Represented institutional investment partnership in selling a 450,000 square foot Class "A" office building in Houston
  • Represented investment partnership in acquiring, developing and leasing an approx. 500,000 square foot mixed industrial and officer development in Allen, Texas
  • Represented retailer in leasing and opening approximately 25 locations in retail centers in Texas, Illinois and California
  • Represented landlord in leasing 200,000 square feet of Class "A" office space in Houston, Texas, to a financial services tenant
  • Represented institutional investment partnership in acquiring three apartment complexes in Houston
  • Represented investment partnership in developing gated single-family subdivision in League City, Texas
  • Served as lead leasing counsel for three large retail malls in Houston
  • Represented a data storage company in leasing several data center sites in Houston and in purchasing a data storage building in Austin
  • Represented a family office in participating in a public/private highway development project in Texas
  • Represented an investment partnership in obtaining zoning approvals for, and selling, a casino site in Las Vegas
  • Represented a family office in purchases of several ranches in various parts of Texas
  • Represented a publicly traded defense contractor in purchasing the ground lessor’s interest in a major defense facility in Grand Prairie, Texas
  • Represented a development partnership in acquiring land for, and developing, an industrial project in McKinney, Texas
  • Represented a CHDO affiliate in developing an affordable multifamily housing project in Houston
  • Represented a family office in contesting annexation of ranch property and negotiating a development agreement for land in Texas
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Education
  • J.D.,

    with honors

    , The University of Texas School of Law, 1977
  • B.A.,

    with high honors

    , Texas Tech University, 1974
    Phi Delta Phi
    Phi Kappa Phi
Bar Admissions
  • Texas, 1977
Board Certifications
    • Commercial Real Estate Law by Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Professional Affiliations
    • Former Director, Texas Association of Bank Counsel
    • Member, Houston Real Estate Lawyers Council
    • Member, Planning Committee, 26th and 27th Annual Real Estate Law Conferences, South Texas College of Law
    • Former Member, Council of Real Estate Section of Houston Bar Association
    • Member, National Business Aircraft Association
Awards & Recognitions
    • Named, The Best Lawyers in America®, Real Estate (2018-2021)
    • Named, Texas Super Lawyers®, Real Estate (2018-2020)
    • Named, Texas' Top Rated Lawyers (2012-2020)
Community Leadership
    • Former General Counsel, Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (1990-2000)
    • Board of Directors, The Curtis and Doris Hankamer Foundation
    • Former Volunteer, Harris County Jail Ministry
    • Member, Lakeside Country Club (Houston, Texas), and The Club at Las Campanas (Santa Fe, N.M.)