Kathleen J. Wu
Class of 2009
Kathleen Wu’s real estate transactions practice has a broad wingspan, crossing multiple industries and disciplines, serving a national clientele from Wall Street to California.
Recently, she has been advising clients on real estate issues arising from the COVID-19 outbreak, including borrowers, lenders, landlords and tenants. Kathleen has used her considerable experience to counsel a broad spectrum of clients with mortgage loan origination, workouts, modifications, and other loan servicing issues, especially given the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Her clients include private and public companies, hotel chains, governmental authorities, investment banks, syndicators, real estate developers, lenders, loan servicers, and other entities involved in the construction, sale, financing, servicing, leasing and management of real property and other related assets. She also counsels clients on real estate issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly with respect to its effect on financings, joint ventures, building operations, construction and leases, and hospitality and construction transactions. Consequently, Kathleen has sat at just about every conceivable seat at the real estate table, giving her a valuable perspective on all the moving parts in a deal—a perspective she consistently uses to her clients’ advantage.
Kathleen is known for a sophisticated understanding of her clients’ businesses, successfully guiding them through the execution of legal and business matters, and anticipating and planning for what might be needed as an issue evolves. Clients appreciate her energy, innovative thinking, and calm demeanor as she develops strategy and facilitates the “end game.” Her reputation as a trusted advisor has attracted a loyal and far-reaching audience for her work and insights.
She is consistently recognized by her colleagues and the media for her outstanding work, including being featured in Super Lawyers and D Magazine as one of the Best Lawyers in Dallas every year since 2003. In addition, she was named one of Texas Lawyer’s Extraordinary Women in Texas Law and one of Dallas’ Top 50 Women in Law by the National Diversity Council.
Kathleen’s advocacy for diversity and inclusion has earned her many awards, including the Women of Color Achievement Award from the 100 Black Men of America, “Women of Spirit” Award from the American Jewish Congress, and the Justice David Wellington Chew Award from the State Bar of Texas. In addition, she serves on the board of directors of the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Foundation and sits on the Board of Directors and Management Committee of USTA Texas, and serves as its General Counsel.