Kate Pennartz is a partner in our Dallas office. Kate practices in the area of real estate transactions with a focus on representing clients in matters concerning the acquisition, construction, development, financing, leasing and disposition of various commercial properties, including office buildings, shopping centers, hotels and industrial sites, along with mixed-use, high rise condominium developments and residential condominiums. Kate helps clients in the origination and restructuring of acquisition and construction loans, mezzanine loans and private placements of debt and equity, as well as the formation and structuring of joint ventures and other investment vehicles for both developers and institutional investors in real estate projects.

In addition, Kate advises corporate clients in mergers, acquisitions and corporate financings involving real estate components, particularly in the technology and banking sectors.

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  • Represented foreign investor in the acquisition of an interest in the US$128 million financing of a 173-unit luxury condominium development in Austin, Texas.
  • Represented national developer in acquisition, financing, leasing and disposition of retail and self-storage properties.
  • Represented institutional real estate fund in connection with the acquisition of shopping centers in Texas, Florida, New York and Illinois.
  • Represented a major financial institution in US$28 million construction loan for a 222-room hotel in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Represented landlord in leasing of 114,323 square feet of office space in Phoenix, Arizona.
  • Represented developer in connection with the structuring of a mixed-use (hotel, retail and apartment) Master Condominium development located in downtown Dallas, Texas.
  • Represented major Asian hotel group in the debt financing of a full‐service hotel located on Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii.
  • Represented major Asian hotel group in the debt financing of the San Francisco W Hotel in San Francisco, California.
  • Represented a national wireless retailer in the acquisition of a portfolio of real estate assets and general leasing matters.
  • Represented a financial institution in the acquisition of various bank branches due to a US Department of Justice mandatory divesture.


  • Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2012
  • University of Texas at Austin, B.A., cum laude, 2009


  • Texas

Memberships & Affiliations

  • University of Texas at Austin Real Estate Council
  • Urban Land Institute Austin
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2021, 2022 and 2023: Ones to Watch for Real Estate Law in Dallas

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  • Co-author, “Family Offices and ESG,” AFIRE’s Summit Journal, November 23, 2021.

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