Candace S. Baggett, Managing Partner
Candace Baggett is a recognized expert in office leasing. Candace began her legal career in Chevron’s law department where for 12 years she was the lead attorney responsible for strategizing, negotiating, and documenting office and industrial transactions in a 14 state area. Her legal responsibilities included representing the company as a landlord/owner and sublessor in transactions totaling over 1,250,000 rentable square feet of Class A and B office space, primarily located in Houston’s CBD and Westchase submarkets. In addition, Candace was the sole attorney responsible for discovering and ultimately recovering over $1 million in improperly charged operating expense pass-throughs following a detailed audit of the landlord’s expenses over a 2-year period. Because of her knowledge of environmental issues impacting real estate transactions, Candace was chosen to spearhead an industry acquisition of over 200 properties located adjacent to industrial facilities in Mont Belvieu, Texas.
Candace left Chevron in order to work exclusively as a broker-advocate on behalf of tenants—primarily corporations and professional firms. Candace routinely applies her legal acumen and background in representing both landlords and tenants in order to achieve over $1 million in savings for tenants. Candace has been named a “Heavy Hitter” by the Houston Business Journal on numerous occasions and is an accredited LEED® professional. Candace’s LEED® designation is one example of her dedication to structuring leases for tenants in buildings that utilize or can be persuaded to utilize sustainable design, construction, and operating practices. In addition, Candace works with her clients to implement specifications for renewable interior finishes.
Professionally, Candace has served as
President and Board member of the Houston Office Leasing Brokers’ Association (HOLBA)
Board and Charter Member of CREW–Houston
President and Board member of the River Oaks Women’s Breakfast Club
Trustee and Co-Chair Long Range Planning Committee, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (CAMH)
Candace is a frequent lecturer at legal seminars and has authored academic articles including:
The University of Texas School of Law, Leasing Institute, 2012, 2011, 2009, 2007, 2004 in Austin and Dallas, TX—BOMA’s 2010 Measurement Standards, Proposed FASB Rules on Lease Accounting, Lease Audits, Assignments/Subleasing (speaker and moderator)
South Texas College of Law, Real Estate Law Conference, 2006, 2005, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1992, 1991—Subleasing, Economic Analysis of an Office Lease, Work Letters, Office Leasing, Operating Expenses (speaker and moderator)
State Bar of Texas, Advanced Real Estate Law, Advanced Real Estate Drafting and Negotiating Commercial Leases, 2006, 2003, 2002, 2000— Work Letters, Title and Insurance Considerations, Operating Expenses, Office Leasing (speaker and moderator)
Candace is a licensed broker in the State of Texas and holds a J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law in Austin, Texas. She graduated with a B.B.A. summa cum laude (3 years) from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas/Madrid, Spain and also attended the University of San Diego’s Institute on International and Comparative Law in Paris, France.