Barton R. Bentley /  Shareholder  /

Bart Bentley has practiced law for 40 years focusing on transactional matters such as real estate and business deals, business organizations and transactional estate planning.

Educational Background

  • B.A. (with honors) Southern Methodist University 1973
  • J.D. (with honors) Southern Methodist University 1976
  • Order of the Coif
  • Barristers
  • Articles Editor, Southwestern Law Journal

Professional Organizations & Memberships

  • Texas Bar Association, admitted November 1976
  • Arizona Bar Association, admitted May 1987
  • Fellow, American College of Real Estate Lawyers
  • Member: Houston Real Estate Lawyers Council
  • Member: Council of the Real Estate, Probate & Trust Section of the State Bar of Texas (1994-1998)
  • Co-Chair, Committee on Title Insurance (1992-2000)
  • Chair, Real Estate Law Section of the Houston Bar Association (1986-87)

Professional Awards & Specializations

  • Board Certified—Commercial Real Estate Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1983-present

Publications & Speeches

Frequent speaker at various CLE programs, including:

  • What Every Estate Planner Needs to Know About Real Estate, State Bar of Texas (2016)
  • Drafting Tips for Real Estate Documents, Estate Planning & Probate Drafting Course, State Bar of Texas (2014)
  • Aerial Encroachments & Trespass, Houston Real Estate Lawyers Council (2008)
  • Estate Planning to Preserve Assets, Houston Bar Association Probate & Trust Law Section (2007)
  • SMU School of Law Transactions-in-Depth (1997, 1999 and 2000)
  • SMU School of Law Leases  In-Depth (1995-96)
  • SMU School of Law Mortgages in Depth (1994)
  • Texas Land Title Institute, Deeds in Lieu of Foreclosure (1991)
  • State Bar of Texas Advanced Real Estate Law Course 1983-86, and 1990
    • Recent Developments (1983-84)
    • Seller Financing (1985)
    • Wrap-Around Mortgages (1986)
    • Partnership Restructuring (1990)
  • Practical Considerations in a Changing Real Estate Market (State Bar of Texas 1989)
  • Renewals and Extensions of Liens, Advanced Real Estate Short Course (South Texas College of Law 1989)
  • Basic Real Estate Law in Texas (National Business Institute 1989)
  • Deeds in Lieu of Foreclosure, Real Estate Reorganization Seminar (National Business Institute 1988)
  • Houston Bar Association Real Estate Law Section
    • Recent developments - (1983-84)
    • Deeds in Lieu of Foreclosure - (1988)
  • 1994 CPE Expo: Family Limited Partnerships
  • Houston Bar Association Business Organizations Institute (organizing a Texas corporation) 1981
  • Co-Author, Annual Survey of Texas Law - Real Property, Southwestern Law Journal (1977-1979)

Civic Involvement

  • President, Board of Trustees of Chinquapin Prep, a Texas non-profit corporation (2016-2018)
  • Member, Board of Trustees of the Boyd & Evelyn Mullen Charitable Foundation and the Anne & Don Fizer Foundation