Bisnow Exclusive: Movin' On Up
|OK, so it isn’t The Jeffersons, but Jackson Walker. After 12 years at the D.R. Horton building at the corner of Commerce and Main, the law firm is moving four blocks down Main to the Carter Burgess Plaza.
You recognize the D.R. Horton Tower (the tall building in the center). Jackson Walker signed a long-term lease at Carter Burgess (777 Main St, the big one on the left) for 18k SF on the 21st floor. It’ll move into the new site in March. Jackson Walker partner Susan Halsey says the law firm opted to take advantage of a tenants’ market.
From another vantage, the tall shiny building in the front is Carter Burgess Plaza, with D.R. Horton Tower just a few blocks behind. As outside counsel for Crescent Real Estate, Susan handles lots of leasing projects and says many firms are considering renewing leases, even though they aren’t expiring, because rates are good and they’re locking in long term deals. Btw, Susan is statewide chair of the firm’s real estate practice and was the first woman allowed to dine at the formerly men’s only Petroleum Club in Dallas.
Since then, Susan, right, has repped some high profile projects including Chesapeake Energy in the purchase of the Pier 1 Imports building, now known as Chesapeake Plaza. She also negotiated the lease of more than 344k SF back to Pier 1. Among her proudest accomplishments: creation of the Greater Fort Worth Real Estate Council. After only a few years, it has grown to about 225 members. The LSU grad converts her Tigers’ purple into TCU mode to support the hometown team. Susan gathered colleagues Ginger Webber and Joel Heydenburk for a quick pic in Robyn North’s office. No moving boxes stacking up just yet.