John S. Moody, Jr.



John S. Moody, Jr., is Board Certified in Commercial Real Estate by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and has extensive experience in real estate development, leasing, acquisitions, sales and financing. He represents developers, owners, families, financial institutions, investors, retailers and private equity funds in acquisitions, sales, development, leasing, financing and construction of all types of real estate.


  • Serves as outside general counsel for a local real estate developer on retail, office, multifamily, lot development, medical and other types of real estate development projects. Extensive experience with development of most types of commercial real estate and lot developments


  • Representation of a publicly traded energy company on national real estate leasing

Farm & Ranch

  • Representation of a buyer of a 6,200-acre historic ranch in Kenedy County, Texas

General Counsel

  • General counsel services to a retail and industrial developer

Health Care

  • Representation of developers in development and leasing of health care facilities, including urgent care facilities, emergency clinics, dialysis clinics and surgery centers


  • Representation of a homebuilder in the acquisition of the assets and real estate of another homebuilder in Austin, Texas


  • Representation of a global manufacturing company in leasing over 1 million square feet of industrial square feet in West Houston
  • Representation of an investment fund in the acquisition of a 12-building industrial portfolio
  • Representation of a private equity fund in the acquisition and predevelopment of a 450-acre industrial and office park
  • Representation of limited partners in the buy-out of the general partner in a large industrial deal


  • Representation of a developer in the development, financing and leasing of two new LEED Gold office buildings in West Houston
  • Regular representations of companies relocating office space on their leases
  • Representation of a finance company in the acquisition and development of its new headquarters and sale-leaseback of its existing headquarters in a reverse 1031 transaction


  • Representation of a mixed-use lifestyle center in its retail and office leasing to national and local tenants


  • Representation of an investor in the purchase of a 325,000-square-foot lifestyle center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Real Estate Investment Trusts

  • Representation of a REIT in the sale of multiple office buildings


  • Representation of regional developers in grocery-anchored shopping-center deals, including five Kroger-anchored deals and one HEB-anchored deal
  • Representation of regional developers in build-to-suits and sale-leasebacks for seven Academy Sports + Outdoor stores
  • Representation of the developer of a 500,000-square-foot Wal-Mart-anchored shopping center in the acquisition, predevelopment, development, financing, construction and leasing


  • Representation of a publicly traded software company in leasing its new corporate headquarters
  • Moody Law Group, PLLC (f/k/a John S. Moody, Jr., PLLC), 2006-present
  • Thompson & Knight LLP – Partner, Real Estate & Banking, 1999-2006
  • Juris Doctor – University of Houston Law Center, 1999
  • Master of Business Administration – University of Houston, 1999
  • Bachelor of Arts, United States History – Vanderbilt University, 1995