Mr. Wills is an associate in the commercial real estate and litigation sections of Wick Phillips. His practice focuses on the representation of developers, lenders, property owners, landlords and tenants in leasing, acquisition and sales, finance, land-use planning and development transactions in addition to providing legal counsel to clients in a diverse range of civil disputes, primarily those relating to complex commercial litigation.
The commercial real estate section at Wick Phillips has a strong background in retail, representing shopping center developers throughout the country. Mr. Wills has negotiated land acquisitions and dispositions, ground leases and landlord/tenant leases, and has coordinated land use issues.
In his role as a litigator, some of Mr. Wills’ successful representations include participating in a bench trial before Judge Yeakel in the Western District of Texas for a commercial mortgage lender, in which the trial team prevailed and recovered more than $80 million in damages. Mr. Wills was also second chair of the trial team in Tarrant County District Court against Chesapeake Energy, winning a judgment in excess of $1 million on behalf of a group of leaseholders, including interest and attorney’s fees of more than $250,000. Mr. Wills has experience presenting temporary restraining orders in Dallas, Collin, and Harris Counties and has significant experience in all post-judgment actions including applications for turnover order. Mr. Wills has also participated in numerous depositions and hearings in both state and federal courts.
Mr. Wills is proud to serve on the Board of the Young Friends of Ronald McDonald House which provides a temporary and affordable home-away-from-home for families whose children are receiving treatment for a serious illness or injury at a Dallas area hospital. In addition Mr. Wills participates in the Salesmanship Club of Dallas Reading Buddy Program at the J. Erik Jonsson Community School where he meets weekly with a student and helps encourage and assist with teaching students to read.
As an undergraduate at Yale University, Mr. Wills was a running back and wide receiver on the football team where he was a varsity letterman.