Kerry T. Benedict


Big commercial real estate and business transactions involve a host of moving parts and parties, often with divergent interests. Kerry Benedict works to ensure that those parts work as intended, and he instills a collaborative spirit to bring all participants together to get deals done.

Kerry's effectiveness as a facilitator, and his foresight as a counselor, have been instrumental in the success of countless acquisitions, dispositions, and development projects. Because of his ability to recognize and address the wide array of legal issues faced by businesses and non-profits of all stripes, Kerry is regularly asked by such organizations to serve as their outside general counsel. Clients know that he will provide cost-effective, reliable representation and assemble the right legal talent to handle whatever challenges come their way.

Clients rely on Kerry to focus on and address the issues that matter while avoiding those that distract and delay. When stumbling blocks or impediments to projects arise, the odds are that Kerry has put the structures in place to protect his clients' interests and allow a project to proceed.

Decades of experience with acquisitions, development projects, farm, ranch and recreational property projects, and complex leasing and financing transactions have imbued Kerry with the insights needed to coordinate parties that come to a project with differing agendas and approaches. He brings a valuable combination of practicality and creativity to his representation of developers, sellers, buyers, lenders, landlords, and tenants in complex real estate transactions.

His practice may be primarily about property and business solutions, but Kerry recognizes that people are the ones who either get deals done or scuttle them. He understands how to work effectively with all players, turning transactions into team efforts and resolving potential conflicts through reasoned compromise. As a result, he delivers consistent, expeditious, and cost-effective results for complex business and real estate transactions.

In complex, multifaceted real estate and business transactions, it is critical to understand the people involved—their motivations, inclinations, and experience—as much as the law or the particulars of a deal.
    • St. Mary's University School of Law, J.D., 1978
    • Southwest Texas State University, B.S., with highest honors, 1976
  • Bar Admissions

    • Texas
  • Court Admissions

    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
    • Recognized by S.A. Scene in "San Antonio’s Best Lawyers" for Real Estate Transactions

    • Recognized by San Antonio Magazine in "San Antonio's Top Attorneys" for Real Estate, 2019-2021

    • Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Peer Review Rating
    • Named as "Lawyer of the Year" in Real Estate Law by The Best Lawyers in America® in 2020

    • Named as "Lawyer of the Year" in Banking and Finance Law by The Best Lawyers in America® in 2013, 2016, 2018, 2021, and 2023

    • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for Banking and Finance Law and Real Estate Law, 2006-Present. Copyright 2015 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC
    • Recognized in Texas Super Lawyers® for Real Estate, 2006-2019
    • S.A. Scene, "San Antonio's Best Lawyers," 2005-2014
    • State Bar of Texas 
    • San Antonio Bar Association 
    • American Bar Association  
    • College of the State Bar of Texas, Maintaining Member
    • Fellows of Texas Bar Foundation, Member
    • San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, Vice Chairman, 2017
    • San Antonio Golf Association (Valero Texas Open), Former Director 
      • Chairman, 2011 Valero Texas Open
    • St. Philip's College, Advisory Board, 2012 - Present

    • The Carver Academy, Former Director 
    • Friends of the Carver Academy, Board of Directors

    • Phi Alpha Delta
    • Board Certified in Commercial Real Estate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization

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