Jake Hendricks acts as outside general counsel to clients in all areas of real estate, banking, business, construction and finance matters, as well as related litigation.
Jake currently is the Chair of the Firm’s Business and Real Estate Practice Section.
Jake frequently advises property management firms, real estate developers, investors, construction companies, brokers, homeowner’s associations, and other businesses and individuals on complex real estate, finance and commercial transactions. Jake’s practice has a significant emphasis on real estate development projects, and he regularly represents clients throughout the entire development process, from subdivision, zoning and entitlements to negotiating and obtaining both construction and long term financing. Jake likewise has extensive experience in negotiating and drafting commercial lease agreements (both landlord and tenant), and handling property acquisitions and dispositions, borrower financing arrangements (including low income housing tax credits, TIF, and HUD loans), new construction contracts, easements and restrictive covenants and many other real estate matters.
In addition, Jake represents numerous lenders in both real estate and asset-based lending transactions. Jake’s commercial lending practice ranges from complicated multi-property portfolios to single-asset or entity acquisitions.
Jake also regularly handles real estate litigation matters. Jake has successfully resolved, either by favorable settlement, dispositive motion or verdict, numerous commercial lease and landlord-tenant disputes, purchase agreement disputes, real estate fraud cases, contract for deed cancellation disputes, mortgage foreclosure and mechanic’s lien actions, title insurance and priority disputes, boundary and easement disputes, enforcement of restrictive covenant lawsuits, construction defect claims, adverse possession claims, and other significant pieces of real estate litigation.
Last, Jake litigates business and banking disputes in both state and federal court, such as breach of contract, commercial collections, secured creditor claims, shareholder/partner litigation, enforcement and defense of non-compete/non-solicitation agreements, trade secrets, employee/partner theft or impropriety, and business torts.
Prior to law school, he worked as a developer and property manager for a regional real estate firm. Jake uses his real world real estate and business experience to assist clients in closing transactions, provide counsel on critical issues, and resolve disputes.