OUR APPROACH

A More Focused View of the Client-Lawyer Relationship
Strategic Partners

We are more than legal counsel—we are strategic partners, transactional advisors and risk managers guiding our clients to reach their business objectives. Using our vast network of professionals in business, advocacy, real estate, financial and policy industries, we will make sure you achieve your desired outcomes.

High Quality Results

We will help you achieve the highest quality results while keeping efficiency and practical standards in mind. Combining technology along with the knowledge and experience of our attorneys, we provide focused and responsive legal services.

Increased Value

We strive to provide increased value to our clients by eliminating administrative and overhead costs typically incurred by larger law firms. You will receive high-quality legal services without the excessive large law firm costs.

360-Degree View

Because we routinely represent clients on both sides of transactions or disputes, our team understands these issues within a 360-degree view. Whatever your case may be, we are equipped to properly advise you to achieve the best result.

Understanding Our Clients

Our clients are our priority, and we strive for a complete understanding of each client’s business philosophy, values, and objectives. Knowing your business better allows us to better advise you and ensure that we focus on what matters most.

Turnkey Legal Solution

As part of increasing our value, we have a select network of specialized legal professionals in the areas of tax, trusts, estates, securities and family law that we partner with to offer a turnkey legal solution for our clients.

LEGAL SERVICES

Commercial Real Estate law Rigby Slack

Commercial Real Estate law Rigby Slack

Commercial Real Estate

We will work with you to meet the specific objectives of your transaction, including the acquisition, disposition, construction, development, financing, leasing and management of all property types.
  • Student Housing
  • Multifamily
  • Office
  • Retail
  • Restaurant
  • Mixed-Use
  • Industrial
  • Hospitality
  • Farm and Ranch
  • Residential Communities
  • Golf Courses and Resorts
  • Medical

We have significant experience in transactions involving ground leases, condominium regimes and tenants in common structures, as well as private offerings for commercial real estate developments. If you need assistance with the preparation of loan documents, we work with private and institutional lenders in real estate as well as other asset-backed loans.

Title Insurance law Rigby Slack

Title Insurance law Rigby Slack

Title Insurance

Our skilled Escrow Officers, Cathleen Slack and Michelle Perales, will help you close your real estate transactions. Cathleen and Michelle work through Heritage Title Company of Austin, Inc., Stewart Title of Austin, LLC, Texas American Title Company (d/b/a/ Independence Title Company), Prominent Title Company, and Texas National Title.
Business transactions law Rigby Slack

Business transactions law Rigby Slack

Business Transactions

We know what it takes to grow your business, and we have expertise with business formation, mergers and acquisitions, private offerings and other related business transactions. We often serve as an “outside general counsel” for our clients.
Commercial Litigation law Rigby Slack

Commercial Litigation law Rigby Slack

Complex Commercial Litigation

We represent clients in the most important commercial litigation matters, whether in Texas state or federal courts or throughout the United States. As skilled trial lawyers, we regularly try cases to verdict. Using creative problem solving, we will assist you in commercial disputes outside of court when it makes the most sense to seek resolution. We represent clients as plaintiffs and defendants, intentionally striving to remain broad and flexible to serve you best. Our areas of focus involve matters including:
  • Real estate disputes
  • Contract disputes
  • Partnership disputes
  • Business torts
  • Construction disputes
  • Securities disputes
  • Intellectual property disputes
  • Employment disputes
Product Liability Litigation law Rigby Slack

Product Liability Litigation law Rigby Slack

Product Liability Litigation

We defend clients in complex product liability and property damage cases as well as areas of personal injury including toxic tort and general personal injury. Representing clients throughout the Northeast and Texas in both state and federal courts, our clients include commercial airlines, international and domestic insurers, consumer, industrial and military product manufacturers, and national retailers.

Our litigation team will also assist your company in risk management and exposure analysis regarding your products, services, and insurance coverage.

OUR TEAM

Our attorneys bring decades of big-firm and general counsel experience to bear for our clients. We are passionate about offering the highest quality legal services and dedicated attention in the most efficient and responsive manner.
A. Lee Rigby

A. LEE RIGBY

Partner
lrigby@rigbyslack.com
(512) 782-2061
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Lee Rigby handles a wide variety of commercial disputes and litigation matters. Lee’s clients generally view him as a creative problem solver who has an eye towards effective, efficient representation. Lee’s experience includes bet-the-company litigation and significant recoveries in collection matters. In addition to trial work, Lee has deep experience with state and local government, working as a government relations consultant and routinely dealing with government contracts, bid protests, procurement matters, and the Texas Public Information Act.

Before forming Rigby Slack in 2019, Lee started his career at Fulbright & Jaworski, LLP, spent three years as General Counsel of a private equity-backed government services company and was managing partner of his prior firm. When not in the office or chasing his wife and kiddos around, Lee can be found trying, unsuccessfully, to locate trout or, most likely, on the golf course.

CATHLEEN C. SLACK

Partner
cslack@rigbyslack.com
(512) 782-2062
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Cathleen handles commercial real estate and business transactions for private and public clients. Her commercial real estate practice is focused on acquisition, development, leasing and finance for commercial properties, including condominium regimes. In her business transactions practice, she assists with business formations, mergers and acquisitions, private offerings, and general business transactions.

Cathleen holds an escrow officer license and is a fee attorney for Heritage Title Company, Stewart Title Company, Prominent Title Company, Independence Title Company, and Texas National Title Company. She enjoys long-standing relationships with her clients including lenders, developers, landlords, tenants, and business owners. Cathleen believes her coffee-making skills have been regaled world-wide. Cathleen is attempting to become a full-time resident of Hawaii. When not dreaming of Hawaii, Cathleen enjoys outdoor activities with her husband, daughter, and yellow lab, and catching live music when it isn’t past her bedtime

Cathleen C. Slack
David C. Lawrence

DAVID C. LAWRENCE

Partner
dlawrence@rigbyslack.com
(512) 782-2063
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David is a skilled and experienced trial lawyer who focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation, including disputes concerning business issues, contracts, intellectual property, real estate, construction, securities, employment and other business-related disputes. David’s clients turn to him regularly to help them resolve their most important legal problems and appreciate his keen attention to detail, responsiveness and creative problem-solving skills.

David has spent his entire legal career in Austin. Before co-founding Rigby Slack, David practiced for thirteen years with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP and as a shareholder with Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, P.C. David graduated with honors from both the University of Texas McCombs School of Business with a BBA in Finance and from The University of Texas School of Law. David was recognized as a Texas Rising Star by Super Lawyers in 2012-2017. David spends his free time with his wife and two children and enjoys live music, Texas Longhorn football and travel.

E. JOE BERGER III

Partner
jberger@rigbyslack.com
(512) 782-2065
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Joey currently handles real estate transactions in Texas and throughout the United States. While his practice focuses on a broad range of real estate matters, Joey has substantial experience representing clients in the acquisition, disposition, construction, development, financing, leasing and management of various property types, including student housing, multi-family, hospitality, office, industrial, retail, restaurant and mixed-use. Joey also represents clients in transactions involving condominiums, residential subdivisions and farm and ranch properties.

Prior to forming Rigby Slack, Joey was a partner with Dickinson Wright PLLC and Egan Nelson LLP in Austin and also previously practiced at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP in Dallas. While not in the office, Joey enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, playing golf, fishing, reading and following college and professional sports. Joey will return in his next life as the second baseman for the Houston Astros.

E Joe Berger
Patrick Comerford

PATRICK J. COMERFORD

Partner
pcomerford@rigbyslack.com
(512) 782-2064
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Pat is a trial lawyer focusing on defending clients in complex products liability, toxic tort and personal injury litigation. From product safety oversight and recalls to insurance coverage issues and claims to risk assessment and management, Pat counsels large international insurance companies, manufacturers, retailers, as well as smaller lean start-up businesses and organizations. Pat has represented numerous commercial airlines; international and domestic insurers; consumer, industrial and military product manufacturers; and national retailers in both state and federal courts of Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Texas.

Parallel to his traditional practice, Pat has also become the legal authority on the impact of next-generation manufacturing on product liability and insurance, in particular, Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing. Pat routinely injures himself being the proud father of two beautiful children and playing club rugby.

QUINN T. MARTINDALE

Associate
qmartindale@rigbyslack.com
(512) 782-2060
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Quinn represents a diverse set of clients in real estate and corporate transactions. He enjoys assisting clients with forming their business and negotiating commercial leases or purchase and sale agreements. Quinn has worked with clients across a wide range of industries, with a particular focus in hospitality.

Before joining his current firm, Quinn worked with a small law firm with clients in the golf industry where he represented buyers in the purchase of member-owned country clubs. Quinn is a proud University of Texas alum and is wholly responsible for maintaining peace at the office.

Quinn Martindale
William Farnsworth

WILLIAM B. FARNSWORTH

Associate
wfarnsworth@rigbyslack.com
(512) 782-2060
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Will represents clients in a variety of commercial real estate transactions including leasing, acquisitions, development and financing. With a background in representing commercial mortgage lenders, developers, landlords and tenants, Will is dedicated to protecting the interests of clients by anticipating risks and avoiding common pitfalls in complex transactions.

Prior to joining Rigby Slack, Will did the “big firm thing” in Houston and Dallas before settling in Austin. When not in the office, Will can be found spending his free time with his wife and two kids and trying to solve Austin’s traffic challenges (while refusing to accept that Mopac is not, in fact, a loop).

MICHELLE 'MAGGIE' PERALES

Senior Paralegal
mperales@rigbyslack.com
(512) 782-2048
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Michelle is a senior paralegal with over 20 years’ experience who concentrates in the area of commercial real estate loans, acquisitions, sales transactions and title/survey issues. Michelle has extensive knowledge and experience in commercial real estate transactions, working with and on behalf of lenders, developers, landlords, tenants, buyers and sellers. She prepares commercial real estate documentation for the acquisition, sale, leasing, development and financing of retail, office, warehouse and industrial properties.

She also has extensive experience in corporate law including entity formation and governance. Michelle also acts in the capacity as escrow officer for Heritage Title Company of Austin, Stewart Title Company, Independence Title Company, Prominent Title Company and Texas National Title Company, in assisting with the issuance of title insurance policies for buyers and lenders.

Michelle Perales
Cara Holt

CARA L. HOLT

Firm Administrator and Paralegal
cholt@rigbyslack.com
(512) 782-2049
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Cara handles the operations and financial management of the firm. As a paralegal, Cara has a broad transactional background assisting with asset sales, financing, and the purchase and sale of commercial real estate. Cara has worked with commercial lending clients in loan transactions and construction loans, including loans under the SBA 7(a) and 504 programs.

She has experience in corporate law including entity formation, governance, and mergers & acquisitions. Cara has supported counsel in commercial, environmental, surface water, and groundwater litigation cases.

A. Lee Rigby
Cathleen C. Slack
David C. Lawrence
E. Joe Berger III
Patrick J. Comerford
Quinn T. Martindale

6836 Austin Center Blvd., Suite 100
Northpoint Centre, Building One
Austin, Texas 78731

(512) 782-2060
Contact@RigbySlack.com