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Rahul Balkrishna Patel

Tax Attorney at San Antonio, TX

5.0   2 reviews

also known as Rahul Patel

  • Licensed for 14 years
    State TX
    Acquired 2010
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Rahul

Learn Rahul’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Tax
    I have extensive experience dealing with property tax appeals for commercial properties (hotels, apartments, BPP, restaurants, etc). I have managed over $2.5b in property value appeals in over 35 counties across Texas. Other areas of practice include tax exemptions, property tax appeals, tax abatements, and valuation for purchase/sale of commercial property.

    15 years

  2. Corporate and incorporation
    I specialize in assisting clients organize, create, and form their business structure under the Texas Business Organizations Code. Helping clients and corporations draft and form their Company Agreement, Create their Business Structure, and navigate business issues.

  3. Litigation
    General Litigation

    15 years

  4. Real estate
    Assisting clients in the sale, purchase, transfer, and general decisions regarding commercial property.

    15 years

As Managing Partner of the firm, Rahul is responsible for developing, managing, and shaping the firm's business and client development strategies. In addition to his role with the firm, he serves as a passionate, aggressive, advocate and counselor for his clients.

Rahul focuses his practice on commercial real estate, property tax appeals, and general litigation.  Rahul has assisted numerous clients in navigating the difficult landscape of commercial real estate.  His experience as a business owner and with over twelve years in the lodging industry, provides him direct insight into client needs when it comes to commercial transactions.

Rahul has extensive experience in property tax litigation and appeals. He has represented over $1B in real estate as it relates to assessments, appeals, and tax exemptions.  Currently, Rahul has assisted over 200 limited service hotels and currently assists one of the nations largest property tax consulting groups in property tax litigation and valuation issues.  He has a detailed understanding of the appraisal methods - cost, income, sales - that the district use to value clients' real property.  With an aggressive approach, Rahul works hard to achieve property tax reductions for his clients.

Prior to co-founding the firm, he was heavily involved in Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) litigation in South Texas for some of the states largest non-profit housing organizations. He served aggressively to protect affordable housing rights for south Texas residents.

Rahul brings his unique and aggressive vision to client representation. He focuses on simple, fast, and deliberate litigation, always focused on results.


2003 - The Ohio State University
2009 - The Thomas M. Cooley Law School

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Congressman Will Hurd at the offices of Patel | Gaines
Mayor Julian Castro (now Secretary of HUD) and Congressman Joaquin Castro
Governor Gregg Abbott
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Patel Gaines LLP
14414 Blanco Road
Suite 320
San Antonio, TX, 78216

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Posted by anonymous | November 5, 2013
Very Aggressive, Terrific Results
Worked on our property tax valuation case and achieved excellent results. Quick response, kept us informed when we requested information, and got us the reductions we needed.
Posted by Tim | August 1, 2013
Great Lawyer
Rahul has been working with me for about a year. Very knowledgeable about the hospitality industry and real property tax issues in the State of Texas.


  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 225-425 per hour
  • Contingency 22%-45%
  • Pro bono 3 %
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 6.9 (Good)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Patel Gaines PLLC
  • 2013 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Popp Hutcheson PLLC
  • 2011 - 2013
  • Associate
  • Pulman, Cappuccio, Pullen & Benson, LLP
  • 2009 - 2011


  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • 2009

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Bowman v. Kisan, LLC
  • Motion to Dismiss - awarded


  • Asian American Hotel Owners Association
  • Legislative Committee
  • 2014 - Present
  • The Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce
  • Legislative Committee
  • 2013 - Present
  • Texas Association of Property Tax Professionals
  • Legislative Committee
  • 2013 - Present
  • Asian American Hotel Owners Association
  • Allied Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas
  • 2010 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Hindi
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Excellence in Leadership Award
  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • N/A
  • Melissa Mitchell Leadership Award
  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • N/A
  • Moot Court Board Chairman's Award
  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • N/A
  • Frank Harper Achievement Award
  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • N/A
  • Certificate of Merit - Scholarly Writing
  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • N/A
  • Top Overall Advocate - Melissa Mitchell Moot Court Competition
  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • N/A
  • Champion - The Melissa Mitchell Moot Court Competition
  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • N/A
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  • Shale Magazine
  • Oil & Gas - The Arteries Feeding the Boom
  • 2013
  • Sterling Educational Services (SES)
  • The Eviction and Judicial Process
  • 2013
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Speaking Engagements

  • THLA & AAHOA Joint Tradeshow
  • ADA Lawsuits against your Business
  • 2014
  • AAHOA Town Halls
  • Property Tax - Texas Appeals
  • 2013
  • AAHOA Regional Conference
  • Brand Performance
  • 2013
  • State of the Industry - AAHOA
  • State of the Industry - Property Taxes
  • 2012
  • LPS - Houston
  • Youth Leadership
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (3)
Endorse Rahul
Unknown Attorney | Mar 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An excellent lawyer who treats clients with patience, care, understanding, and utmost professionalism - an even better person and I wholeheartedly recommend for future services."
Litigation Attorney | Nov 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Rahul is extremely competent in the various areas of law that he practices and he represents his clients zealously and gives each the individualized attention they deserve. I look forward to working with Rahul on other matters."
Tax Attorney | Aug 13
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
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San Antonio Tax Lawyer Rahul Balkrishna Patel
Rahul Balkrishna Patel
Tax Attorney
San Antonio, TX
Licensed for 14 years
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