Elisa C. Fox

Family Influenced, Client Focused

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Construction
    • Experienced in structuring debt financing transactions for land acquisition, development and construction.
    • Experienced in drafting, reviewing and negotiating contract documents and bid packages for private, federal, state and municipal projects.
    • Experienced in structuring and documenting joint venture and profit sharing agreements.
    • Represents clients in payment disputes and assists with mechanic’s liens.
    • Represents clients in OSHA violations and assists with regulatory compliance matters.
Construction Litigation
    • Represents clients in disputes arising from commercial and residential construction and development projects, including construction defects, payment disputes and insurance claims.
    • Represents clients in litigation, arbitration and mediation.
Corporate Finance & Banking
    • Experienced in structuring debt financing transactions for land acquisition, development and construction costs.
    • Experienced in drafting loan documents, security agreements, guaranty agreements and other lending related documents.
    • Represents lenders and borrowers in commercial and private lending transactions.
    • Experienced in commercial and residential lending and HUD development projects.
Real Estate
    • Experienced in drafting sales and leasing agreements.
    • Experienced in representing homeowner and condominium associations.
    • Represents clients in commercial and residential real estate transactions, including contract drafting, negotiations, title review and final closing.

BIO

Elisa Fox is a Construction, Real Estate and Banking attorney that has represented clients in numerous commercial, residential, industrial, multi-family and senior living development projects.  Elisa works with her clients in all stages of the development project, including structuring debt financing for land acquisition & construction costs; developing entity structures and joint venture arrangements; drafting and negotiating development & contractor agreements; assisting with liens, insurance & bonding; closing out construction & transitioning the project to permanent financing; and representing clients in litigation matters arising out of the development & construction of the project.  Ms. Fox also assists clients with corporate matters including entity formation, business acquisition, and sales and leasing agreements.  Elisa has successfully represented lenders, borrowers, developers, home-builders, contractors, subcontractors, design professionals and project owners.

Elisa’s family is deeply rooted in construction and has been involved with development in Dallas-Fort Worth and surrounding areas for almost a century.  Elisa began her work in construction and development at an early age, while working in her family’s businesses.  She not only learned about the industry, she gained invaluable, first-hand knowledge of the concerns small to mid-size businesses face.  This business and industry exposure had a tremendous influence on Elisa’s career development, leading her to make strategic career moves over the years and gain a very unique and well-rounded skill set.  Elisa worked as a banker, owned her own law practice and title company, served as General Counsel for a large contracting firm, and has served as outside counsel for a number of clients handling a variety of transactional and litigation matters.  Today, Elisa is a trusted advisor for her clients, not only in construction projects and lending transactions, but also in corporate matters, mergers and acquisitions, business compliance and regulatory issues, and operational concerns. Elisa is passionate about her work and proudly continues her family’s legacy, in business and in development, as an attorney for Decker Jones.

  • Education
    • Baylor University, Waco, Texas, (BBA, Real Estate/Finance, 2002)
    • Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, Fort Worth, Texas (J.D., 2008) Honors: Dean’s List
  • Membership
    • State Bar of Texas Construction and Real Estate Sections (2009-present)
    • Tarrant County Bar Association – Construction Law Section, Member (2012-present) and Treasurer 2013/Secretary 2016-17
    • Honorable Eldon B. Mahon, Inn of Court – Associate Member 2012-2013
    • National Association of Women in Construction — Board Member 2014
    • Texas Association of Bank Counsel – Member
    • Fort Worth Real Estate Counsel – Member
  • Other Experience
    • General Counsel for Cummings Electrical, Inc.
    • Title Attorney with Providence Title
    • Investor analyst for Washington Mutual’s Commercial Division
    • Portfolio Analyst for First Horizon Bank
  • Awards
    • “Top Attorney” by Fort Worth Texas Magazine (2013-2016)
    • “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers and published in Texas Monthly Magazine (2014-2017)
  • Court Admissions
    • Admitted to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
    • Admitted to the State Bar of Texas
  • Community Service
    • Fort Worth Public Library Foundation, Smoker Committee Member (2009-present) Co-Chair (2013-2014)
    • CREW Charities, Board Member (2012-2013)
Elisa Fox Elisa meeting her client, The Magnolia Cheese Company, on site.

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