William P. Mclean (“Bill”) and Jeffrey S. Howard (“Jeff”) have practiced law together since 1996, and formed McLean & Howard, L.L.P. in January of 2003. Collectively, the firm’s attorneys have over 50 years of experience in the practice of real estate law, allowing each attorney to become highly skilled in their various practice areas. All of the firm’s attorneys have spent their entire legal careers in the Austin/Central Texas geographic area, giving them a great deal of local experience along with a multitude of contacts within the industry. McLean & Howard, L.L.P. brings a very client-centered approach to its practice. Our chief concern is bringing about the best outcome for the client while providing strong and ethical representation at a fair and reasonable price to the client.

Collectively, our attorneys have legal experience in the following areas:


  • Purchases/Sales
  • Lending/Financing
  • Development
  • Leasing
  • Construction/Engineering
  • Easements, License Agreements and Related Land Use Transactions
  • Zoning and Planning
  • Eminent Domain

Condominiums and Master Planned Communities

  • Governing and Formation Documents for Project
  • Community Association Documents
  • Design Guidelines
  • Sales Reservations
  • Purchase and Sale Unit Contracts
  • Conversions
  • Federal Financial Underwriting Requirements, e.g. HUD, FNMA, or FHA

Land Use, Governmental Entitlements, and Economic Development Agreements

  • Municipal Development Agreements under Chapter 212 of the Texas Local Government Code
  • Annexation Issues
  • Zoning for Single-family, Multi-family, Office, Commercial, Industrial, Mixed-Use and complex Planned Unit Developments
  • Subdivision Concept Plans, Preliminary Plans, Final Plats and Exemptions
  • Site Development, Building Permits and Certificates of Occupancy
  • Impervious Cover and Water Quality Matters
  • Local Variances, Waivers and Exemptions
  • “Grandfather” Status under State Law
  • Transportation including roadway access and traffic generation
  • Neighborhood Compatibility and Agreements
  • Utility Service Commitment and Agreements
  • Water District Formation and Operation
  • License Agreements
  • Environmental Permits
  • Economic Development Agreements and Programs (380 Agreements, Municipal Utility Districts (MUD), Tax Increment Reinvestment Zones (TIRZ), and Public Improvement Districts (PID))

Business Law

  • Selection, formation and governance of corporations; limited liability companies; business trusts; and partnerships, including general partnerships, limited partnerships and registered limited liability partnerships
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Partnership Arrangements
  • Business advice and planning