About Chris Plummer
Legal Assistant: Kristy Alonzo | 512-615-2350 | email@example.com
Chris grew up with a mother who served as the President of the North East Independent School District in San Antonio and an attorney father whose legal practice establishes public private partnerships that merge the best parts of public good and private industry. Taking from their inspiration, Chris works to craft deals that often transform a community and protect the interests of the public through efficient use of public funds.
Chris is an associate in the Austin office of Thompson & Horton specializing in transactional law. Chris represents universities, colleges, and school districts in multi-million-dollar real estate acquisitions, condemnations, dispositions, development, and leasing agreements. Chris drafts customized construction agreements tailored to prevent disputes and explicitly detail the expectations for general contractors, construction managers, architects, subcontractors, and other stakeholders. He regularly negotiates and drafts agreements with cities, MUDS, special districts, TIRZs, utility providers, and developers and advises schools on potential developmental restrictions, local regulatory and land-use issues, easement concerns, and tax law problems. Chris has experience crafting and interpreting interlocal agreements between government entities.
Chris advises clients in general commercial transactions including goods and services procurements, licensing and technology transactions, curriculum licensing, and employment agreements. He counsels numerous governmental entities on compliance with bidding and procurement processes. He also advises governmental entities on regulatory matters, such as statutory authority, open meetings, and governance issues. Chris has been a critical member of investigative teams reviewing procurement processes and revising business and procurement policies.
In addition to his public clients, Chris has had the pleasure of helping private business clients grow through mergers and acquisitions, financing transactions, significant real estate transactions, and business structuring. He has also advised businesses on complex commercial transactions and technology licensing, executive compensation and employment issues, and the protection of intellectual property. Prior to joining T&H, Chris practiced business and administrative law representing heavily regulated companies. Chris has had substantial experience representing and advising Medicaid healthcare operations in complex transactions, litigation, and administrative regulatory disputes with the state of Texas.
- University of Texas School of Law, J.D., 2013
- Member of Texas International Law Journal
- University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business, B.B.A., 2010
- University of Texas at Austin, B.S., Corporate Communications Studies, 2010
Licensing & Court Admissions
- Licensed in the state of Texas
Memberships & Recognitions
- Austin Under 40 Committee, Nominations & Judging
- Young Men’s Business League
- Austin Young Lawyers Association
Selected Client Representations
- Assisted a Texas school district using a $300 million bond to develop several educational facilities and a massive athletics complex. Negotiated development financing, capital recovery fees, and easements with local Municipal Utility District to provide utility services
- Represented a Texas school district with a $200 million bond in the purchase of 5 properties through condemnation and negotiated transactions and advised on potential alternative site planning and the implications for condemnation procedures
- Conducted a high-profile investigation of procurement policies and procedures as part of an examination team for a Texas community college following a public conviction of a trustee for bribery and extortion
- Advised a Texas school district on complex governance dispute during highly publicized negotiations with a municipality to provide substantially all security personnel, significant funding, and undeveloped land through interlocal agreements
- Analyzed changes to the AIA’s 2017 construction documents and provided tailored provisions to better protect a Texas school district against unforeseen charges from architects, contractors, and construction managers
- Counseled Texas community college on multiple leasing issues, including installing improvements within leased medical facility, removing tenants and pursuing damages, billboard leasing and inverse condemnation, and potential sale and leasing options of facilities subject to federal grants
- Analyzed TIRZ funding agreements with a Texas school district and potential uses of residual funds following cessation of the TIRZ
- Drafted a campus facility lease for a school district entering into an SB 1882 agreement with a charter school and advised on compliance with purchasing requirements and SB 1882
- Represented private client in the seller-financed purchase of an established insurance business subject to licensing approval, employee retention requirements, and post-closing performance adjustments
Representative Speeches & Presentations
- Hardening School Campuses Through Design and Procurement, Education Service Center Region 4 Back to School Seminar, 2018
- Legislative Update on Business & Procurement, Education Service Center Region 4 Back to School Seminar, 2019