Bell Nunnally & Martin

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Managing Partner: Christopher B. Trowbridge
Number of partners: 38
Number of lawyers: 62
Languages: English, Spanish, Korean

Firm Overview:
Founded in 1980, Bell Nunnally & Martin LLP is a premier full-service law firm located in the heart of Dallas, Texas. With over 60 attorneys, Bell Nunnally is recognized among the 25 largest firms in North Texas, and among the 60 largest firms in Texas. Providing transactional and litigation services to a national and international client base ranging from start-up businesses to Fortune 500 companies, Bell Nunnally has attorneys experienced in a full range of business matters including litigation, real estate, commercial finance, corporate and securities, bankruptcy and financial restructuring, health care, immigration, intellectual property, appeals, entertainment, labor and employment, mergers and acquisitions, estate planning, tax, and white collar criminal and regulatory defense.

Main Areas of Practice:
Corporate & Securities:

Understanding a client’s business — and being knowledgeable about the business environment in which the decision is being made — is critical to developing a legal strategy that accomplishes the client’s goals. With that understanding, Bell Nunnally can best evaluate the risks and rewards in complex business transactions, and counsel clients on the broader ramifications of decisions being made. The firm often becomes one of the primary resources of the client’s leadership team when planning for the future. Each transaction is part of an ongoing partnership. Clients turn to Bell Nunnally for counseling in a full range of corporate, business and securities matters. The firm represents domestic and foreign publicly traded companies, privately held, family-owned and venture-backed companies, partnerships, private equity firms and other investment funds, management groups and entrepreneurs.
■ Represented Dallas-based ISN Software Corporation in its deal with New York based private equity firm Blackstone Group. The minority investment in ISN values the company at more than $2B
■ Assisted an investment firm with a workout and reorganization of a $380M loan for a large real estate complex, which involved litigation, lender workouts and third-party investment analysis
■ Represented AM-C Warehouse in its $85M sale to Americold Realty Trust of two North Texas cold storage warehouses consisting of an 8.6 million cubic foot facility in Mansfield, Texas and a 5.2 million cubic foot facility in Grand Prairie, Texas

Mergers & Acquisitions:
A principal focus at Bell Nunnally is the mergers and acquisitions practice. The firm’s transactional lawyers have substantial skill and experience in facilitating the structuring, financing and successful completion of acquisitions, divestitures, investments, mergers, joint ventures/strategic alliances and recapitalizations.

Commercial Finance:
Bell Nunnally has developed a multi-disciplinary team of attorneys with extensive experience in closing complex loans in commercial, asset-based and real estate transactions. Clients, whether borrowers or lenders, rely on the firm for effective representation in structuring, negotiating and documenting financing transactions of all types. The firm guides them every step of the way. Bell Nunnally’s understanding of the intricacies of financial transactions is solid. Through that understanding the firm closes transactions without making them harder than necessary. After all, the closing of a transaction should be the start — and not the end — of a business relationship.

Bell Nunnally is at home on the battlegrounds — state courts, federal courts and before panels of arbitrators. The firm is a section of real trial lawyers, with experience that spans many different industries and many different specialties. And while the firm’s litigators are known in the legal community for successes in the courtroom, they are also respected for their successes in less visible areas of the litigation process — the procedural and evidentiary battles that often are decisive in determining outcome.

Labor, Employment & Benefits:
Every employer is covered by at least one state or federal employment law, and frequently by multiple laws. Bell Nunnally’s employment attorneys assist business owners in negotiating the day-to-day maze of those laws. And, because employment problems can, and frequently do, turn into lawsuits, the firm’s employment lawyers are skilled in the courtroom. The firm has litigated virtually every type of employment discrimination case, and that considerable jury trial experience provides the insights to advise employers on the steps needed to avoid litigation. The goal is always to focus on helping clients run their businesses in a way that keeps them out of court. But when a trial is the best option, Bell Nunnally has the experience and skill to be zealous advocates.

Intellectual Property:
For many companies, intellectual property is their greatest asset. Bell Nunnally partners with businesses to protect their intellectual property, whether it take the form of patents, trademarks, copyrights or trade secrets, and has worked with all sizes of companies in a variety of industries.

Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring:
Bell Nunnally brings a breadth of understanding to clients that comes from years of success in handling cases of every type within the complicated realm of bankruptcy and financial restructuring. But knowledge of bankruptcy law alone is not enough. The firm assesses clients’ bankruptcy objectives and where appropriate collaborates with firm attorneys in other relevant disciplines — corporate, finance, real estate, employment, tax and litigation — to craft an effective approach.

Attempting to navigate the complexities of US immigration law can have severe consequences if done alone or without the proper skill and experience. Bell Nunnally helps businesses and individuals obtain immigration benefits including nonimmigrant status, Legal Permanent Residency and US Citizenship.

Real Estate:
Real estate law requires perspective. Bell Nunnally’s real estate lawyers know more than what the law says — they possess a thorough understanding of the fundamentals of the real estate industry, and how individual real estate matters fit into the overall business objectives of its clients. The firm uses this knowledge to optimize both immediate and long-term results for its clients.

Discussions on tax law can yield complicated talk—but no clear answers. Not so at Bell Nunnally. The firm understands tax law, and also works hard to understand its clients’ objectives. The firm’s practice includes transactional tax planning and tax controversy litigation.

White Collar Criminal & Regulatory Defense:
Bell Nunnally’s practice, led by a former federal prosecutor, has the experience and — more critically — an insider’s perspective on the tactics and resources used by the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and other prosecutors and investigators. The firm draws on decades of knowledge gained handling federal criminal and enforcement proceedings, federal and state administrative actions, and parallel and separate white collar investigations.


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