PROFILE

Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Dirk’s practice focuses on integrating his legal, financial and business experience to support his clients.

Dirk assists clients in planning for and managing intergenerational transfers of wealth while also minimizing tax consequences. He has extensive experience in trust matters, pre-and post-marital agreements, tax planning for closely held businesses, and charitable law matters. Dirk has counseled fiduciaries in the administration of trusts and estates, including related probate and trust litigation.

 

Dirk also works with the firm’s real estate and corporate clients with regard to contract negotiations, business formations, acquisitions, financing arrangements and other needs.  Dirk has represented borrowers, banks, and other lenders in a variety of commercial lending transactions, including construction, revolving, and permanent financing, secured by retail shopping centers, airplane hangars, commercial assets, apartments, residential and commercial condominiums, medical facilities and acreage being developed for residential and commercial lots.  Dirk’s experience includes transactions from under $1 million to over $100 million.  In addition to handling the lending aspect of his real estate client’s transactions, Dirk has extensive experience representing developers and owners of commercial and mixed use real estate projects such as apartments, commercial and residential condominiums, retail shopping centers, medical facilities and developers of acreage into master planned communities with residential and commercial lots.

 

Dirk also previously served as an assistant vice president and trust officer with a private trust company in Houston where he managed comprehensive financial planning and investment strategies, including advising clients on the negotiation of employment agreements, retirement analysis, and review of overall asset allocation needs.

 

Professional Licenses, Certifications & Certified Legal Specialties

• Board Certified

• Estate Planning and Probate Law

• Texas Board of Legal Specialization Attorney

admitted to bar, Texas - 1998

 

Professional Associations & Memberships

• State Bar of Texas, Member, Real Estate, Probate, and Trust Law Section

• State Bar of Texas, Member, Taxation Section

• Houston Bar Association, Member, Probate, Trusts and Estate Section

• Houston Bar Association, Member, Real Estate Section

• Houston Estate and Financial Forum, Member

• Houston Bar Association, Taxation Section, Member

 

Education

• The University of Texas School of Law

Doctor of Jurisprudence, 1998

• University of Houston

Bachelor of Arts in English, 1995

Honors College Graduate