Overview

Elias M. Yazbeck is an associate in the Houston office of McGinnis, Lochridge and Kilgore, LLP. Mr. Yazbeck handles a wide-range of commercial litigation matters in federal and state courts and has experience in oil & gas/energy, finance, real estate, bankruptcy, and construction.

Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Yazbeck served as a judicial intern for The Honorable Judge Marvin Isgur, Federal Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of Texas, and The Honorable Judge Zack Hawthorn, Federal Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of Texas. Prior to practicing law, Mr. Yazbeck worked as a financial analyst for a major commercial real estate developer.

Mr. Yazbeck is a born and raised Texan. He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin, and his Juris Doctor, summa cum laude, from South Texas College of Law. While in law school, Mr. Yazbeck served as Articles Editor for the South Texas Law Review, Managing Editor for the Texas Bar Construction Law Journal, and President of the Real Estate and Construction Law Society. He is active in the legal community through his involvement in the Garland R. Walker Inn of Courts and the Bankruptcy Section of the Texas Bar, where he serves as Liaison of Public Education on the Young Lawyers Committee.

Experience

Includes:

  • Assisting in the representation of a large commercial real estate company concerning a financing contract dispute.
  • Assisting in the representation of property owners in trespass to try title lawsuit related to land in South Texas.
  • Assisting in the representation of a large oil and gas company concerning a mineral lease dispute.
  • Providing legal advice to an oil & gas exploration company on Texas escheatment process.
  • Providing legal advice to an oil & gas acquisition company on Louisiana law concerning royalty owner payment demands.

News & Publications

Publications

  • Co-Presenter, “Hell or High Water: Force Majeure in Texas and in Bankruptcy,”
    CLE Webinar presented by the Bankruptcy Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, May 4, 2022.
  • Co-author, “The History, Interpretation, and Amendment of Section 38.001 of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code,”
    Published in The State Bar of Texas Construction Law Journal Volume 17, Number 2 (Winter 2021).
  • Co-author, “Construction Ahead, Expect Delays On Governmental Immunity,”
    Published in The State Bar of Texas Construction Law Journal Volume 17, Number 1 (Summer 2021).
  • Co-Author, “Commercial Landlord’s Lessons Learned from COVID-19,” NBIZ Magazine, June 2021

Community & Professional

  • Bankruptcy Law Section of the State Bar of Texas: Liaison of Public Education
  • Garland R. Walker American Inn of Courts
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association
  • Preservation Houston

Practice Areas

Education

  • J.D., South Texas College of Law, 2022, summa cum laude
  • B.B.A., Finance, The University of Texas at Austin, 2016

Bar admissions

  • Texas, pending bar exam results in October 2022.
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