Telecom and Real Estate Law
What We Do
We negotiate telecom agreements and other building services agreements, and we handle real estate transactions.
We have represented owners and managers of multifamily properties and office buildings, and developers of master planned communities, in hundreds of telecom agreements across the country. We handle agreements related to wired service and wireless service. We have negotiated telecom access and marketing agreements, agreements for service on an individual subscription basis, and bulk services agreements. We have represented owners and managers having in-building wireless systems installed and operated at their properties. We handle wireless agreements for outdoor cell sites. In addition to owners and managers, we have represented a company that installs and operates fiber networks, data centers, and in-building wireless systems. We understand the general architecture of the telecom providers' systems. We have negotiated agreements with Airwave Networks, AT&T Connected Communities, AT&T Wireless, Bright House Networks, Broadband Holdings, Cablevision, CenturyLink, Charter, Cogent, Comcast, CondoInternet, Consolidated Smart Systems, Cox, Cricket, DirecPath, DishNet Direct, Dish Network, Elauwit Networks, Google Fiber, Grande Communications, GruCom, Gigamonster, Inspire WiFI, Korcett, MDU Communications, One Ring, Pavlov Media, RCN, Suddenlink, SpotOn Networks, Sprint, Time Warner Cable, T-Mobile, tw telecom, XO Communications, Verizon, Verizon Wireless, WhiteSky, WideOpenWest, and WOW Business.
Building Services Agreements
We help owners and managers protect themselves in their agreements related to the installation and operation of electric car charging stations, the installation and operation of solar panels, the maintenance of elevators, alarm monitoring, electricity, waste disposal, and parking management.
Real Estate Transactions
We handle contracts relating to all aspects of the development, sale, acquisition, financing, leasing, and management of commercial real estate, including strip and mall retail centers, downtown and suburban office buildings, offices, warehouses, luxury and limited service hotels, and movie theaters. We also handle real estate contracts related to apartment complexes (including assisted living communities) and dorms.
We have experience coordinating real estate documentation with insurance and risk management programs.
Who We Are
Aaron Johnston, Jr.
The University of Texas School of Law, J.D., with honors, 1972
The University of Texas, B.A., with high honors, 1969
Member, State Bar of Texas
Aaron has over 40 years of experience handling real estate transactions, and has negotiated telecommunications agreements on behalf of clients across the country.
Aaron has negotiated agreements related to distributed antenna systems for major sporting venues and hospitals and has handled telecom agreements on behalf of owners and managers of office and other commercial and residential properties.
Aaron has negotiated and drafted on behalf of his developer/investor clients numerous letters of intent, commission agreements and purchase and sale agreements for raw land and income producing properties, limited liability company and partnership agreements, construction and architectural contracts, purchase money, construction and “permanent” loan commitments and documents, and "anchor" tenant leases. Aaron has drafted and negotiated several million square feet of industrial, retail and office building leases.
Aaron has helped clients coordinate their documents and transaction structures with insurance and risk management programs, sometimes interfacing with insurance brokers and risk managers on behalf of the owners. Aaron consults with the State Bar of Texas Real Estate Forms Committee on insurance and risk management issues covered in the Texas State Bar Real Estate Forms Manual.
The University of Texas School of Law, J.D., with honors, 2007
Vanderbilt University, B.A., summa cum laude, 2004
Member, State Bar of Texas
Chris has negotiated hundreds of telecommunications agreements on behalf of owners and managers of apartment complexes (including conventional housing, student housing, and senior housing), on-campus dorms, condominium developments, single-family developments, and commercial buildings across the country. Chris has spoken on multiple occasions on topics relevant to owners and managers of student housing properties, and worked for years alongside one of the top technology consultants in student housing. Chris also represents clients in connection with the installation and operation of in-building wireless technologies including distributed antenna systems and small cells, as well as outdoor cell sites.
Chris also handles building services agreements, including agreements for car charging stations, alarms, and solar panels.
Publications & Speaking
"Internet for Residents: Get it Right," National Apartment Association Student Housing Conference and Exposition, February 2016.
"Stuck in Traffic? Evaluating the Gigabit Fiber Craze," UNITS Magazine, January 2016, pp. 30-35, by Chris Johnston, Ian Davis, and Laura Arbeiter
"Lessons Learned from Technology in Student Housing: What It Takes to Bring Your Student Housing Property Up to Today’s Technology Standards," Interface Student Housing Conference, April 2015.
"Negotiating Telecom Space Agreements from the Owner's Perspective," Dallas Real Estate Discussion Group, May 23, 2012
Aaron is a frequent lecturer on the subjects of telecommunications, insurance and indemnities at legal and business seminars sponsored by professional groups, universities and private companies, including Georgetown University Law Center; Southern Methodist Dedman School of Law; South Texas Law School; the University of Texas Law School; International Council of Shopping Centers; Higher Education Real Estate Counsel; Dallas, Houston, and Texas Bar Associations; Dallas Chapter of Texas College of Real Estate Attorneys; Houston Area Realtors/Commercial Division; Texas Realtors Association; CBRE; and Albertson's.
Aaron authored the chapter entitled "Basic Risk Allocation and Insurance Concepts for Real Estate Transactions", for the Fourth Edition of the Commercial Real Estate Transactions Handbook for Aspen Publishing, as well as numerous articles on the subjects of insurance and leasing.
Aaron is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the Real Estate and Construction Sections of the Dallas Bar Association and Texas Bar Association, and the Texas College of Real Estate Attorneys.