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Meet Our Team Alexa Knight Developer Relations Professional Alexa Knight’s engineering and development background spans nearly 30 years and gives her a unique understanding of the ins and outs of complex development projects. Highly accomplished in managing the entire development lifecycle, she specializes in working in high-growth and fast-paced environments. Read More Carmen Dominguez Of Counsel Attorney Carmen Dominguez brings a wealth of knowledge and a unique combination of real estate and business development expertise to the firm. Alongside her legal aptitude, she brings a strong background in land development, lease negotiations, real estate acquisition, location intelligence, and contract negotiation. Read More Jerimy Wills Attorney Jerimy Wills provides legal services in real estate transactional and land use law. His specialties include contract drafting, due diligence, and regulatory compliance and guidance. Read More John Kessel Government Relations Planner Read More Rob Daake, P.E. President Rob Daake founded The Law Offices of Robert D. Daake, PLLC. Rob received his Juris Doctorate from Texas A&M University with a focus on real estate law, state and local government law, and construction law. Read More
- John KesselGovernment Relations Planner
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- Rob Daake, P.E. President
< Back Download Robert Daake PRESIDENT Professional Bio Rob Daake founded The Law Offices of Robert D. Daake, PLLC. His unique combination of experience as a Texas licensed attorney and civil engineer, in addition to his extensive background in land and economic development, creates unparalleled expertise in the industry. Clients have responded in force to this one-of-a-kind service offering. Rob’s firm has experienced explosive growth in its first year representing clients in a wide variety of industries including household-name national corporations as well as individual property owners. In conjunction with an exceedingly capable team of attorneys, his firm focuses on real estate transactional work, due diligence, construction, land development, entitlements, and economic incentives. Rob has established a firm that is committed to maintaining small firm agility and personal customer service even while working on remarkably complex projects. Clients are met with partners who create individual plans and approaches to specific needs and circumstances. Rob served as an associate attorney for both Coats Rose, P.C. and Abernathy, Roeder, Boyd and Hullet, P.C., before forming his own firm. Prior to his law experience, Rob served in several executive roles, including Executive Director of Development Services and Assistant City Manager, for one of the fastest-growing cities in the country. Rob was primarily focused on land development issues and the community was consistently ranked as one of the Best Places to Live in America by multiple national publications during his tenure. Additionally, Rob practiced civil engineering for 18 years for a variety of nationally known public and private clients, and served as a consultant with Kimley-Horn, one of the nation’s premier planning and design consulting agencies. Rob received his Juris Doctorate from Texas A&M University with a focus on real estate law, state and local government law, and construction law. He received his Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Iowa State University. In his spare time Rob enjoys spending time with his two sons. They enjoy as much time outdoors as possible camping and hunting. Additionally, Rob represents disabled students and their families statewide in ensuring students receive the services to which they are entitled. Professional Associations/Memberships American Bar Association, Real Property, Trust, and Estate Texas Bar Association Professional Engineer, State of Texas – State of Texas Board of Professional Engineers Texas Aggie Bar Association American Society of Civil Engineers American Public Works Association National Society of Professional Engineers International City/County Management Association
- Alexa Knight Developer Relations Professional
< Back Download Alexa Knight Developer Relations Professional at The Law Offices of Robert D. Daake, PLLC Professional Bio Alexa Knight’s engineering and development background spans nearly 30 years and gives her a unique understanding of the ins and outs of complex development projects. Highly accomplished in managing the entire development lifecycle, she specializes in working in high-growth and fast-paced environments. Alexa consults with attorneys in the firm and provides technical expertise regarding planning, financial, and land use principles. She coordinates efforts with cities by supporting attorneys in the drafting of documents and negotiations with municipalities and private property owners. In her profession, Alexa distinguishes herself with extensive experience on both sides of the development process. She not only brings a wealth of knowledge and a unique perspective, but she is able to see the big picture and navigate putting the puzzle pieces together for any size project. Thoroughly versed in state and local development regulations, she brings savvy negotiation and contract development skills. Alexa understands the practical needs of both the developer and the communities in which projects will be located, allowing her to find win-win solutions collaboratively and effectively. Alexa began her career as a civil engineer, representing clients in Austin, where she designed commercial and multi-family projects. She ensured successful completion of development entitlements and managed a design team on a wide variety of design and development projects during a period of explosive regional growth. After pursuing her MBA, Alexa decided to parlay her technical expertise into real estate development. For more than two decades, she has managed multi-family, residential, and complex multi-use developments of all sizes. Most recently, Alexa was President, Central USA, at Walton Development & Management, a multinational real estate investment and development firm concentrating on research, acquisition, administration, planning, and development of strategically located land in major North American growth corridors. While in this position, she opened the Austin office and established a presence for Walton in Central Texas. She then relocated to Dallas to oversee both the Dallas and Austin offices. Alexa led the creation of successful development agreements with 17 cities and five counties to secure entitlements for 17 master-planned communities spanning 25,000 acres. She built stakeholder relationships and gained trust and buy-in while managing initiatives leading to successful legislation at the state level to create municipal utility districts (MUD’s) to enable subsequent development of the affected properties. Additionally, she led the company’s participation in the Greater San Marcos Economic Development Partnership, a multi-community organization dedicated to economic development in Hays and Caldwell counties. Prior to Walton Development, Alexa worked for several South Texas real estate development firms where she was engaged in projects of all sizes. She assisted with negotiating a long-term land lease and secured all necessary approvals for a 145-unit mixed-use facility with 38,000 square feet of ground floor retail space in downtown Austin. She also was a critical driver in work toward developing agreements for a proposed 1,900-acre master-planned community in Georgetown, Texas. Alexa received her Master of Business Administration from Texas State University. She received her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering with a concentration in environmental studies from Lehigh University. In her spare time, Alexa enjoys long-distance running and has completed multiple marathons. Having spent her early childhood years living abroad, the travel bug has never left her. Her intrepid travels regularly take her to interesting locations such as Turkey and Nepal. Closer to home, she enjoys spending time with her family at her lake house in Connecticut. Affiliations – Past and Present Marstan Trails Homeowner’s Association Board Member West Hill Lake Shore Property Owner’s Association Member National Charity League, Inc.- Former Board Member, Treasurer, and President Young Men’s Service League, Dallas Chapter Real Estate Council of Austin, Former Board Member Dallas Arboretum Dallas Perot Museum
- Carmen DominguezOf Counsel Attorney
< Back Download Carmen Dominguez OF COUNSEL ATTORNEY Professional Bio Carmen Dominguez brings a wealth of knowledge and a unique combination of real estate and business development expertise to the firm. Alongside her legal aptitude, she brings a strong background in land development, lease negotiations, real estate acquisition, location intelligence, and contract negotiation. She has a deep understanding of the construction process, market conditions, and development cycle. Her experience working on commercial and residential projects in multiple states and in Puerto Rico makes her a unique and well-rounded attorney. Detail oriented, she is adept at managing complex, multi-faceted projects. Her lifetime love for the complexities of the construction and development process began in childhood when her father was a housing developer and has continued throughout her career. Carmen was vice president at Cabre and Associates for nearly 15 years before joining The Law Offices of Robert D. Daake, PLLC. She was responsible for a wide range of work at the civil and structural engineering firm. Her responsibilities included everything from contracts and land development due diligence and feasibility studies to planning and general business development. Prior to that she served as the director of development for a national retail center developer. There she specialized in retail developments in multiple states, handling more than a dozen retail projects at any given time in various phases of pre-development and construction. Carmen has an insightful understanding of the development and construction phases from site selection to selling. She brings a unique frame of reference, not only able to handle transactional legal details, but also to serve as a partner in making recommendations specific to assessing development projects. She is adept at describing the intricacies of each project in legal documents in a way that best benefits the client’s objectives. Carmen completed a Juris Doctorate from the University of Puerto Rico School of Law. During school breaks she worked with the most accomplished legal mentors as she processed state and federal appeals cases in the Court of Appeals for the First District. She received a Bachelor of Science in business from Boston College and a Master of Science in real estate from the University of Texas at Arlington. Carmen has many interests and talents. She is bilingual (English and Spanish) and speaks basic Italian and French. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two adult children. She appreciates everything from travelling the world to sampling Spanish wines, watching fantasy movies, and making paella. Affiliations – Past and Present Texas Bar Association Puerto Rico Bar Association Federal District Court of Puerto Rico Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
- Jerimy WillsAttorney
< Back Download Jerimy Wills ATTORNEY Professional Bio Jerimy Wills provides legal services in real estate transactional and land use law. His specialties include contract drafting, due diligence, and regulatory compliance and guidance. Jerimy had a distinguished career as an Air Force pilot and commercial airline pilot before joining The Law Offices of Robert D. Daake, PLLC. During his 20 years in the military, Jerimy flew more than 80 combat or combat support missions and was responsible for pilot flight training in two different squadrons. He earned multiple awards for his service including the Air Medal and Aerial Achievement Medal. Jerimy served in multiple prestigious special commands including the Air Mobility Command, Education and Training Joint Command and the U.S. Transportation Command. Additionally, he flew VIP delegations out of Andrews Air Force Base including congressional representatives and the first lady. During his time with Southwest Airlines, he rose to captain. He has logged more than 12,000 flight hours in his career. He has also served in regulatory compliance roles coordinating with the FAA. Industrious, tireless, painstakingly detailed, and always up for a challenge, Jerimy pursued a new course of interest when receiving his Juris Doctorate from Texas A&M University with a concentration in business law. He previously received a Bachelor of Science with a double major in human and organizational development and physics from Vanderbilt University. In his spare time, Jerimy enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters. They travel to Wyoming whenever possible to spend time at their family cabin. Additionally, he has volunteered for texaslawhelp.org where he provided free legal information and assistance in the areas of family law, landlord/tenant disputes, wills and estates, and other civil matters. Affiliations – Past and Present Texas Bar Association Dallas Bar Association
- Daake Law | Transactional Real Estate Law | Dallas, Texas
Legal Expertise. Engineered for Land. Heavy-hitting dealmakers with small firm agility. About Us About Us At The Law Offices of Robert D. Daake, PLLC. you will find an established and reputable firm that is committed to maintaining small firm agility and personal customer service while managing projects of remarkable scale and complexity. APPROACH We work with clients to ask questions from a land use perspective that often have not been previously considered and we capitalize on opportunities clients may not have previously been aware were possible. Our staff’s unique combination of backgrounds and skillsets is directly beneficial to clients. It is not uncommon to identify opportunities for even minor adjustments that can result in substantial financial benefits and risk mitigation. CULTURE Clients have responded in force to our unique service offering and approach. The firm has experienced explosive growth representing clients in a wide variety of industries, including household-name national corporations as well as individual property owners. Our firm partners with clients throughout each step of the development process, from letters of intent and contract negotiations all the way through any post-closing obligations. Additionally, we are experts in zoning, annexation, and ETJ-specific processes. LAW + LAND Rob’s personal unique combination of experience as a Texas licensed attorney and civil engineer, in addition to his extensive background in land and economic development, creates unparalleled expertise in the industry. He has, in turn, assembled a team of skilled professionals with deep knowledge of the development and land use side of the process, as well as extensive legal expertise. We focus on transactional real estate work, due diligence, construction, land development, entitlements, and economic incentives. HISTORY Rob Daake founded The Law Offices of Robert D. Daake, PLLC because he saw a unique need in the market. He spotted a lack of legal firms that bring an effective blend of engineering, planning, and land use expertise, in combination with legal prowess for transactional needs. We have deep knowledge of both the developer and land use side as well as the legal specifics and intricacies of each transaction. Our team creates tailored plans and approaches to specific needs and circumstances based on our in-depth knowledge and experience. "With our firm clients don't just get attorneys, they get partners." Robert D. Daake, P.E. President Team Our Team Our attorneys and staff bring unsurpassed professionalism and expertise when working with clients to create individual plans and approaches to specific needs and circumstances. We are highly credentialed, but we are more than attorneys and business professionals. We are well-rounded allies who pride ourselves on being approachable, dependable, and diligent, treating each project as our own personal passion. Rob Daake, P.E. President Read Bio Jerimy Wills Attorney Read Bio Carmen Dominguez Of Counsel Attorney Read Bio John Kessel Government Relations Planner Read Bio Representative Projects Representative Projects Represent multiple property owners with due diligence review and transactional work for industrial, commercial, multi-family, and single family projects in Sherman, TX Represent the seller in a land transaction on 55 acres located in the City of Fort Worth. Represent several property owners and developers of thousands of acres in the corporate limits of Gunter, TX and its ETJ, the vast majority of which are located in Municipal Utility Districts providing a funding vehicle for water, sewer, storm drainage and roadways. Represent the developer of a 74-acre townhome and multi-family Planned Development District annexation and zoning request within the ETJ of City of McKinney, TX which proposes 600 multi-family dwelling units, 196 townhome units, and 18 acres of open space. Represent the master developer of mixed-use development anchored by Costco in Celina, TX. This project includes negotiating a Chapter 380 Development Agreement with the City of Celina, TX for public infrastructure, including off-site improvements. Represent national convenience store and fuel station brand on transactional, entitlement, and economic incentive matters in multiple locations within the Texas market. Represent the buyer of a mixed use, master planned community on approximately 1,200 acres in the City of Gunter, TX. Currently representing the buyer in helping to develop a strategic subdivision and land use plan focused on maximizing value for investors. This project has two miles of frontage on the future Dallas North Tollway. Represent the owner an approximately 700-acre tract located on both sides of the Dallas North Tollway in Celina, TX. This project includes transactional work, securing land use entitlements, planning and executing development strategies for the proper phasing of the master plan, and drafting restrictive covenants. Additionally, this engagement includes drafting and negotiating development agreements in a manner that protects all phases of development. Represent the developer of a dense, urban multi-family project located within the Trinity River Corridor Special Purpose District along Riverfront Boulevard in downtown Dallas, TX. This project consists of a 200 unit, 7 story, 85’ tall multi-family housing project (87 du/ac) achieved through the use of a form-based code Planned Development zoning application.
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