Johnny K. Merritt

Johnny K. Merritt
Partner

jmerritt@legalstrategy.com
Austin office (512) 637-4956 (Ext. 205)   
fax (512) 637-4958

 

3144 Bee Caves Drive
Austin, Texas 78746

Amarillo office (806) 731-6896

Practice Specialties:

Complex Commercial Transactions

Mergers and Acquisitions

Commercial Real Estate Transactions and Development

Business Organization, Structure and Governance

Cooperative Agreements and Leases

Education:

J.D., Texas Tech University School of Law, cum laude (1998)

Cum Laude

Order of the Coif

Note Editor, Law Review

Texas Tech University, B.S. Economics (1984)

Johnny K. Merritt

Johnny Merritt, an equity partner of Hajjar Peters, LLP, is an attorney with over three decades of experience in complex corporate and real estate matters. For the majority of his career, he has also served as outside general counsel for billion dollar companies involved with interstate commerce. A native of West Texas, Merritt credits herding livestock across native pasture with his family for giving him a keen understanding of the importance of teamwork and loyalty in every endeavor.

Having served clients for over 30 years, Merritt has seen the advantages and disadvantages of the currently developed methods of legal representation. While maintaining an appreciation for the historic traditions and methods of his profession, Merritt believes that clients’ legal needs can often be better served through providing an on-demand, as-needed fractional general counsel relationship. Merritt’s fractional legal counsel emphasizes authentic attorney-client relationships over monetary gains. This experience has provided him with a vast network of legal specialists ready and able to assist clients. 

Merritt began his legal career as a litigation attorney, gaining proficiency in attention to detail and effective client communication. He has been a transactional attorney for more than 20 years, concentrating in ongoing business operations, organizational structuring, mergers and acquisitions as well as real estate purchases, sales and development.

Merritt expanded his legal career to Austin, becoming a partner at the full-service business law firm Hajjar Peters LLP, where he oversees a variety of legal matters. Through his years of legal work, Merritt has also gained experience relating to fiduciary duties of officers, managers, directors, members and shareholders of business organizations. He utilizes this in-depth look at high-trust relationships to direct and connect with his clients. 

In addition to his legal work, Merritt is also a founder and board member of Keystone Bank, an Austin-based community bank obsessed with delivering the latest in banking technology and first-class customer service. He also serves as an ambassador of The Bless Foundation, a faith-based organization mobilizing people and resources to reach the unreached throughout the world. 

Merritt received a juris doctorate from Texas Tech University School of Law, and lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife, DeNise. He is also a member of Austin Ridge Bible Church

 

Representative Matters:

    • Represent real estate developers in several states who are developing multi-million dollar multi-use real estate developments
    • Represent Austin based real estate developers who are developing multi-million dollar multi-use real estate developments
    • Represent national construction company relating construction activities in Texas
    • Represented an established Austin business in the negotiation and sale of its assets for in excess of $12 million
    • Serves as the primary attorney for a $1.5 billion grocery warehouse
    • Serves as the primary attorney for a cooperative which through mergers and acquisitions now operates over 20 locations
    • Represented California based real estate developers in obtaining and structuring a non-recourse Commercial Mortgaged Backed Securities Loan to purchase commercial property in South Texas
    • Represented numerous purchasers and sellers of large commercial confined livestock operations
    • Represented an internationally recognized manufacturer in the sale of its assets for in excess of $25 million
    • Represented a large number of businessmen in structuring, organizing, and developing a renewable energy company owning in excess of 50,000 acres of property
    • Represented a commercial livestock operator in structuring, organizing, and operating a business with assets worth in excess of $50 million
    • Represented numerous businesses in various types of mergers and acquisitions of assets, operations, and real property
    • Serve as co-counsel in nation-wide plaintiffs’ antitrust litigation for clients with sales in excess of $450 million
    • Represented family of Marjorie Nugent in resentencing efforts relating to the release of Bernie Tiede
    • Represented a California businessman with the purchase of a radio station in Texas for in excess of $12 million
    • Represented a large Texas cooperative with the negotiation, structure, and purchase of 27 commercial real estate locations
    • Represent a commercial shipping and logistic company which ships in excess of 100 commercial loads per day
    • Represented a group of Austin businessmen in structuring and organizing an entity to develop residential property in Austin
    • Represented a Dallas businessman with the purchase of equipment for $2.5 million from a seller in Germany
    • Represented a group of businessmen in structuring and organizing a substantial metal fabricating business
    • Represented a group of businessmen in structuring and organizing an entity which successfully invested $12 million in commercial property in Colorado
    • Represented a New Mexico corporation with the purchase of an ongoing business in Kansas
    • Represented a New Mexico corporation in a multi-million dollar transaction relating to the purchase of several ongoing Texas businesses
    • Represented a Texas corporation in a multi-million dollar tax-fee exchange of property in Texas and New Mexico

Memberships

    • Austin Bar Association
    • Texas Bar Foundation (Fellow)
    • Austin Ridge Church Member (2016 – Present)

Noteworthy 

    • Home Town: Dimmitt, Texas
    • Married to DeNise (high school sweetheart – 34 years)
    • DeNise is a Certified Public Accountant
    • Two Children Annie – 26 John David – 22

Admissions

    • State of Texas (1988)
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (2006)
    • United States District Court for the Southern District of California (2015)
    • Education J.D., Texas Tech University School of Law, cum laude (1998)
    • Cum Laude Order of the Coif Note Editor, Law Review Texas Tech University, B.S. Economics (1984)