Mary advises on a wide array of business transactions. In her real estate practice, she represents developers, purchasers, sellers, landlords and tenants in a wide variety of commercial real estate transactions, including acquisitions, dispositions, leasing, development approvals and creative financing solutions. She is experienced in drafting contracts, leases, easements, condo regime documents, development agreements, and restrictive covenants and has represented landlords and tenants in retail, office and industrial leasing. She also serves as outside counsel for organizations in regard to governance issues, employment matters, vendor relationships and public-private partnership agreements. Mary is the current Chair of the McGinnis Lochridge Women's Initiative Committee.
Prior to joining McGinnis Lochridge, Mary was the Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel for Waller Creek Conservancy, the 501c3 partner organization to the City of Austin, where she managed the day to day operations of the organization in its mission to design, construct and manage a chain of parks along Waller Creek in downtown Austin. Her past experience also includes overseeing the human resources, accounting and finance, and facilities departments, and managing an internal legal team as Chief Operating Officer of a privately held, national retailer based in Austin.
Allen earned her J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center and received a B.A. from the University of Texas.