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Sean Brandon McNelis

Real estate Attorney at San Antonio, TX

5.0   8 reviews

also known as McNelis + Associates, PLLC

  • Licensed for 29 years
    State TX
    Acquired 1994
    Status
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

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About Sean

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Mr. McNelis has considerable experience in representing owners and general contractors on large construction projects, as well as their subcontractors, suppliers and design professionals, throughout the project development and construction process. Through his extensive construction litigation background, Mr. McNelis is able to provide valuable risk-assessment, management and liability guidance during all phases of the construction, as well as highly-developed dispute resolution skills and strategic planning. Mr. McNelis has also been selected to serve as a mediator in complex construction project disputes involving multiple parties with sometimes conflicting interests.

In 2004, Mr. McNelis formed McNelis + Associates, PLLC to provide superior legal services to the construction and real estate development industries. While all members of the firm have extensive commercial litigation and contract drafting experience, Sean McNelis’ construction law career commenced nearly 25 years ago as a law clerk with H.B. Zachry Co.’s in-house legal counsel. In that time he has practiced law in Dallas with the State’s foremost construction law firm of Canterbury, Stuber, Pratt, Elder & Gooch, developed and led the construction law practice team at the State’s second oldest and San Antonio’s largest law firm of Matthews and Branscomb, PC, and left in 2004 to form one of the State’s most experienced and respected boutique law firms providing superior legal services to the construction and real estate professionals.

Mr. McNelis has decades of dedicated experience in representing the legal needs of owners, developers, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and design professionals throughout the construction process and throughout the State. Mr. McNelis has successfully litigated numerous lawsuits, arbitrations and other forms of alternative dispute resolution processes involving all manner of construction disputes before both state and federal courts, to include defective construction claims, delay claims, hindrance claims, deficient design document claims, impact claims, payment and performance bond claims, surety obligations and lien claims.

A large portion of Sean’s practice is dedicated to assisting parties in drafting both simple and extremely complex construction agreements (including negotiated contracts, design-bid-build contracts, design-build contracts, contracts and cost-plus contracts), project management contracts, design contracts, subcontract agreements, supply contracts and purchase orders. From straightforward supply contracts to complex design-build contracts involving multiple parties, phases and funding mechanisms, Mr. McNelis has demonstrated the skill and the expertise needed to craft comprehensive contract documents to help ensure a successful project while protecting the interests of his clients. Mr. McNelis is able to utilize his extensive construction litigation background to provide valuable risk-assessment, management and liability guidance, as well as highly-developed dispute resolution skills and strategic planning, throughout the contracting process. Particular attention is given to minimizing potential disputes on the project by drafting contracts with clear delineations of authority, obligations and risk assumption.

Sean McNelis has served as the president of the Construction Law Section of the San Antonio Bar Association, after serving on its board for over five years. He also served as on the San Antonio Chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America (“AGC”)’s board of directors, and his firm was awarded the AGC Service Provider of the Year award in 2011. Mr. McNelis is active in the Texas and American Bar Associations’ Construction Law Sections, as well as in local construction industry trade associations. Mr. McNelis has conducted numerous seminars for clients and industry professionals regarding legal topics as diverse as perfecting lien and bond claims to risk mitigation in contract drafting, to legislative updates on issues impacting the construction industry.

As part of our firm’s ongoing commitment to our clients to be at the very forefront of changes in the construction industry, Mr. McNelis has achieved the U.S. Green Building Council’s training and accreditation to become LEED Accredited. By becoming LEED accredited, Mr. McNelis is best prepared to assist you in managing the risks, responsibilities and administrative procedures inherent in commercial and residential projects seeking LEED Certification. Most recently, Mr. McNelis, was distinguished by the State Board of Legal Specialization as being one of the very first lawyers within the state of Texas to become Board Certified as a specialist in Construction Law.

Location

McNelis + Asociates, PLLC
143 W Sunset Rd Ste 200
San Antonio, TX, 78209-2668

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Posted by Jackie | September 14, 2021
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EXCEPTIONAL
We highly recommend McNelis & Associates for legal action. Sean immediately had a plan and handled our case efficiently and effectively. His team is also very professional and responds within a timely manner. Throughout the process I was always updated on my case until everything was taken care of. Our mind was at ease because we knew the McNelis Team was on top of it. I would definitely recommend this firm. Hands down, THE BEST!!!!
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Posted by Lazar | August 27, 2021
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Lazar Hausman, president Alamo City Housebuyer, Inc.
Sean is a great attorney. We had an issue with a contract we had to purchase a piece of real estate. About a week after we executed the contract and deposited our earnest money, the Seller attempted to ignore our contract and sell to another party. The Seller was an attorney and thought he could bulldoze his way out of the deal. Sean and his team showed that guy right away that that was not going to happen. We ended up buying the house. Sean has also consulted me on other items and contracts related to running my business.
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Posted by anonymous | August 18, 2021
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Attorney
Sean knows construction law better than anyone. He is a fierce advocate and practical with his advice and strategy.
Posted by anonymous | August 16, 2021
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Excellent Real Estate Attorney
We've worked with Sean and his team for a number of years and Sean's team have always been great advisors. As a custom home builder in the San Antonio / New Braunfels area, there are a number of emotional clients we work with and trade partners that don't deliver on their promises. Sean and his team are thorough in reviewing both client facing and trade partner contracts to best protect your business's interests from bad outcomes in the end. We would recommend Sean work with any reputable home builder in the San Antonio / New Braunfels area.
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Posted by Tim | August 13, 2021
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Competent, Dedicated, Always Focused on Results
We have dealt with Sean McNelis' law firm for over 15 years, handling our construction lien claims and sworn account suits. Their follow up and knowledge of the law is, in my opinion, the best in San Antonio, Texas. Their advice in our legal cases has always been "spot on" and moving our cases to quick resolutions. While not the least expensive, the Firm delivers results every time. I would not consider hiring another attorney firm for our business, because of our past successes.
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Posted by Scott | August 13, 2021
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Best in the business
Mr. McNelis is a dedicated attorney who has helped us through various collection matters. His knowledge of construction laws is top notch and I would highly recommend using his services
Posted by harry | August 13, 2021
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manager of Hausman Holdings
used Sean on various occasions and found him to be way ahead of any other law firm I used in the past. I highly recommend him
Posted by Marie | August 12, 2021
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Credit Coordinator
They are the best and always willing to help. There is never a moment they are not there to give us guidance and help us.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founding Attorney
  • McNelis & Associates, PLLC
  • 2004 - Present
  • Shareholder
  • Matthews & Branscomb, PC
  • 1998 - 2004
  • Associate
  • Richie & Gueringer, PC
  • 1996 - 1998
  • Associate
  • Canterbury, Stuber, Pratt, Elder & Gooch, P.C.
  • 1995 - 1996
  • Legal Staff Intern
  • Us Senate Judiciary Committee
  • 1995 - 1995
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Education

  • St. Marys University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1994
  • Trinity University (San Antonio, Texas)
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1989

Associations

  • San Antonio Bar Association, Costruction Law Section
  • President
  • 2000 - Present
  • Texas Bar Association, Young Construction Lawyers Committee
  • Director
  • 2005 - 2005
  • Texas Young Lawyers Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 2000 - 2003
  • San Antonio Bar Association, International Law Section
  • Board of Directors
  • 1998 - 2000
  • San Antonio Young Lawyers Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 1998 - 2003
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Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2021
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • Board Certified - Construction Law
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2016
  • Best Lawyer in San Antonio
  • Scene in SA Magazine
  • 2016
  • Best Lawyer in San Antonio
  • Scene in SA Magazine
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2014
  • Best Lawyer in San Antonio
  • Scene in SA Magazine
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2013
  • Best Lawyer in San Antonio
  • Scene in SA Magazine
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2012
  • Best Lawyer in San Antonio
  • Scene in SA Magazine
  • 2012
  • Best Lawyer in San Antonio
  • Scene in SA Magazine
  • 2011
  • Best Lawyer in San Antonio
  • Scene in SA Magazine
  • 2010
  • Best Lawyer in San Antonio
  • Scene in SA Magazine
  • 2009
  • Best Lawyer in San Antonio
  • Scene in SA Magazine
  • 2006
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2006
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • San Antonio Business Journal
  • 2005
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2005
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2004
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Publications

  • Texas Lawyer
  • Law of The Land
  • 2004
  • Shepard's/McGraw-Hill
  • The Texas Construction Law Manual
  • 1997

Speaking Engagements

  • American Bar Association, Mid-Year Conference
  • Mid-Year Conference
  • 2004
  • American Judicature Society Annual Meeting
  • American Judicature Society Annual Meeting
  • 2003
  • American Bar Association, National AOP Conference
  • National AOP Conference
  • 1999

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San Antonio Real estate Lawyer Sean Brandon McNelis
Sean Brandon McNelis
Real estate Attorney
San Antonio, TX
Licensed for 29 years