Morgan, Ryan

Ryan Morgan




Ryan Morgan represents clients in transactions involving the acquisition, development, operation, leasing, management and disposition of real property, including apartment communities, industrial properties, office buildings, shopping centers and mixed-use projects, together with related acquisition and construction financings, assumptions of debt and defeasance transactions. He regularly represents administrative agents, lenders and borrowers in general commercial loan transactions, including acquisition financing and asset-based lending as well as participations and note purchase and sale transactions. Ryan's practice specifically includes significant experience representing tenants and landlords in industrial, office and retail leasing.

Representative Experience

Ryan's representative experience includes:

Real Estate Acquisition, Development and Leasing

  • Representation of a social impact investment fund in the acquisition, financing and sale of various workforce multifamily communities across numerous states, including Texas, Maryland and Florida
  • Representation of global distributor in the energy and infrastructure space as outside real estate counsel, primarily focused on industrial and office leases for hundreds of U.S. locations as well as acquisitions, dispositions, construction contracts and other operational agreements
  • Representation of large family office on various real estate development and investment matters, including development of a rail terminal and tank farm, investments in senior housing facilities, acquisitions of self-storage projects, ranch acquisitions and dispositions, acquisition of raw land for development, office leasing, and complex land use and easement agreements with respect to a mixed-use development
  • Representation of private energy infrastructure company in negotiation of long-term ground lease of 300+ acres of waterfront property for development with the Port of Houston
  • Representation of public institutional lender in the acquisition and ground lease of pad sites for development of new branch banks
  • Representation of worldwide distribution company in negotiation of leases for over 500,000 square feet of warehouse space and 10-acre yard, together with a build-to-suit lease for new office building on an adjacent parcel, forming a new operational hub
  • Representation of buyer in portfolio acquisition of nine ground leases and industrial buildings in El Paso, Texas
  • Representation of energy services company in negotiation of affiliated build-to-suit leases for new corporate headquarters, including a 125,000 square foot office building and adjacent industrial lab facility
  • Representation of buyer in acquisition of portfolio of seven fully leased industrial buildings in San Antonio, Texas
  • Representation of private real estate investor in portfolio disposition of four self-storage facilities
  • Representation of national logistics company in acquisition and development of industrial warehouse facilities in multiple states
  • Representation of institutional landlord in preparation and negotiation of retail leases for mixed-use shopping center in central Austin, Texas
  • Representation of private equity portfolio company in sale of industrial facilities in multiple states
  • Representation of acquirer of salt water disposal wells and related real property, leases and access easements
  • Representation of auto dealership in acquisitions of additional land for expansion and related real estate term loan and revolving line of credit
  • Representation of private developer in acquisitions of raw land and related land use matters for development of luxury master planned communities
Commercial Lending
  • Representation of lenders in various commercial loan transactions with term, revolving and delayed draw facilities, including leveraged buyouts, acquisition financing and asset-based lending
  • Representation of administrative agent in syndicated commercial credit facilities of up to $95,000,000 in connection with the recapitalization of a leading industrial cleaning solutions company
  • Representation of institution lender in amendment and restatement of revolving credit facility and construction loan, as well as an additional term loan feature, for a packaging solutions company, together with related participation agreements with multiple other banks
  • Representation of salt water disposal company in connection with $100,000,000 senior secured credit facility for operations and acquisitions
  • Representation of institutional lender on financing for industrial waste business inclusive of revolving, term, delayed draw, real estate and construction facilities
  • Representation of lender on $42,000,000 senior secured facility for a management buyout of an equipment rental company
  • Representation of funeral home consolidation firm on acquisition line credit facility
  • Representation of administrative agent in connection with $50,000,000 senior secured credit facility with line of credit, term loan and acquisition draw line
  • Representation of lender on senior secured credit facility of $34,000,000 to a private equity-backed energy services company, which included various subordinated debt components over the life of the facility
Real Estate Lending
  • Representation of various lenders and administrative agents in connection with construction and acquisition loans for multifamily complexes, mixed-use developments, office towers, residential and commercial condominium projects, hotels and industrial facilities nationwide ranging from $2,000,000 to over $300,000,000
  • Representation of borrower in connection with multi-advance real estate term loan for refinancing of various veterinary clinics
  • Representation of institutional lender in cross-collateralized real estate term loans secured by multistate portfolios of single-tenant industrial facilities
  • Representation of developer in connection with construction loan for hotel development in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • Representation of institutional investor in connection with the due diligence for and purchase of various performing and distressed real estate loan portfolios

Professional History

  • Partner, Locke Lord LLP (2018-Present)
  • Associate, Locke Lord LLP (2010-2017)
  • Fellow, United States Golf Association (2004-2006)

Professional Affiliations and Recognitions

  • Member, State Bar of Texas
  • Member, Houston Bar Association (Chair, Real Estate Law Section Council – 2019-2020; Member of Real Estate Law Section Council – 2014-2016 and 2017-2019)
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Vanderbilt University Law School – The Legal Profession (2020-2021)
  • Named, The Best Lawyers in America®, Banking and Finance Law and Real Estate Law (2021)
  • Named, Super Lawyers ® Texas Rising Star, Real Estate (2019)

Community Leadership

  • Volunteer, Rice Alumni Volunteers for Admission
  • Alumni Interviewer, Vanderbilt University Law School Admissions – Houston
  • Rice Golf, Development Committee