James D. Eggleston, Jr.




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  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Business Transactions
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Farm and Ranch Real Estate
  • Asset Protection, Estate Planning
  • Private Equity Financing


  • J.D., Kansas University School of Law (1980)
  • Kansas Law Review Board of Editors (1979-80)
  • Order of the Coif Honor Society (1980)
  • Southern Methodist University (Graduate Work, History)
  • B.S., with honors, Oklahoma Christian University (1977)

Admissions, Certifications & Professional Service

  • Admitted to Practice - State Bar of Texas (1980), State Bar of Ohio (2012) and State Bar of Oklahoma (2012) 
  • Admitted to Practice - United States Supreme Court (1989)
  • Board Certified - Commercial Real Estate Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • Board Certified - Farm and Ranch Real Estate Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • Selected to Governing Council, State Bar of Texas Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section (2018)
  • Appointed to State Bar of Texas Real Estate Forms Committee (2017)
  • Board Member - Real Estate Legislative Affairs Council, State Bar of Texas (2007 - 2015) 
  • Exam Coordinator - Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Real Estate Examination (2008 - 2015)
  • Appointed by Texas Governor Greg Abbott to Texas Animal Health Commission (2016-Present)
  • Appointed to Texas Animal Health Commission Audit Subcommittee (2016-Present)
  • 35+ years experience in business/corporate transactions and financing, commercial and farm/ranch real estate, estate planning/asset protection and general counsel activities

Memberships & Awards

  • Fellow: American College of Real Estate Lawyers (Selected in 2017)
    • Equity Investment Structures Committee
    • Capital Markets & Real Estate Finance Committee
  • Selected as "Texas Super Lawyer-Real Estate" in Texas Monthly Magazine, published by Thomson Reuters
  • Member - College of the State Bar of Texas (2006-Present) 
  • Life Fellow - Texas Bar Foundation (2007-Present) 
  • Member – Real Property, Probate and Trust Section, State Bar of Texas 
  • Member - Real Property, Business and Corporate, and Energy & Natural Resources Sections, Oklahoma Bar Association
  • Member - Real Property, Corporation, and Natural Resources Law Committees, Ohio State Bar Association
  • AV Rated "Preeminent" - Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Chair, Board of Directors, Economic Development Council of Parker County (Selected in 2017)


  • Speaker:  Do I Really Have an “Ag Exemption” and How do I Maintain It?, State Bar of Texas Adv. Real Estate Course (August 2018)
  • Speaker:  Updated Farm and Ranch Transaction Tools and Contracts, State Bar of Texas Adv. Paralegal Seminar (Oct. 2017)
  • Author: Updated Farm and Ranch Transaction Tools and Contracts, 26th Texas Land Title Institute (2016)
  • Speaker:  Maintaining Agriculture Use and Open-Space “Exemptions,” Dallas Bar Assoc. Real Estate Discussion Group (Sept. 2016)
  • Speaker: Updated Farm and Ranch Transactions and Tools, State Bar of Texas Advanced Real Estate Course (July 2016)
  • Speaker: Legal Trends, Tips and Tools for Farmers and Ranchers, Texas and Southwest Cattle Raisers Assoc. Annual Convention (April 2016)
  • Speaker: Farm and Ranch Leases: Legal Issues and Negotiating Strategies, Lorman Live Webinar (March 2016)
  • Speaker: Maintaining Agricultural and Open-Space Exemptions, State Bar of Texas Advanced Real Estate Drafting Course (March 2016)
  • Speaker: Farm and Ranch Transactions, Tools and Trends, Denton County Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law Section (Feb. 2016)
  • Speaker: Farm and Ranch Acquisitions: Trends, Tips and Tools, State Bar of Texas Advanced Real Estate Law Course (July 2015)
  • Author: Drafting Fair Default Remedies in Real Estate Contracts, 53:3 REAL EST., PROB., & TR. L. REP. 40 (July 2015)
  • Planning Committee: State Bar of Texas Advanced Real Estate Drafting Course (March 2015)
  • Speaker:Drafting Effective Agreements for Farm and Ranch Acquisitions, State Bar of Texas Adv. Real Estate Drafting Course (March 2015)
  • Speaker:Trends in Farm and Ranch Acquisitions, Tarrant County Bar Association, Real Estate Section (March 2015)
  • Author: Checklists for Farm and Ranch Acquisitions: From Due Diligence to Closing, 53:2 REAL EST., PROB., & TR. L. REP. 30 (Feb. 2015)
  • Author: Lexis Nexis® Practice Adviser: Texas Farm and Ranch Law (2014 - Present)
  • Author: Representing Purchasers in Farm and Ranch Transactions, Inside the Mind Series, Aspatore Books/Thomson Reuters (2015)
  • Author: What Rights Do Farmers and Ranchers Have to Use, Sell and Restrict Their Water? Texas Longhorn Journal 18 (Dec. 2014)
  • Speaker: Land, Crops, Cows: Farm and Ranch Acquisition and Financing Issues, Univ. of Texas Mortgage Lending Inst. (2014)
  • Author: An Overview of Statutes Affecting Texas Agriculture, 53:1 REAL EST., PROB., & TR. L. REP. 75 (Oct. 2014)
  • Author: Ranchers’ Rights to Use, Sell and Restrict “Their” Water, 52:4  REAL EST., PROB., & TR. L. REP. 26 (July 2014)
  • Author: Top Ten (or More) Issues to Consider Regarding the Rural Oil and Gas Lease, 52:3  REAL EST., PROB., & TR. L. REP. 38 (May 2014)
  • Author: Auctions 101: Important Legal Principles Concerning Auctions, 52:3  REAL EST., PROB., & TR. L. REP. 45 (May 2014)
  • Speaker: Bi-Annual Real Estate Legislative Update, Austin Bar Association – Real Estate Section (2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013)
  • Speaker: Estate Planning Refresher Course, Parker County Bar Assoc. (April 2014) and Parker County Executive Assoc. (June 2014)
  • Speaker and Author: Asset Protection 101: Reducing Your Asset Profile (2010)
  • Speaker:  General Partner Duties, Rights and Operational Issues, 2006 Advanced Partnership Seminar

Every person who invests in well-selected real estate in a growing section of a prosperous community adopts the surest and safest method of becoming independent, for real estate is the basis of wealth.
— Theodore Roosevelt