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Shawna Bates

Practice Areas

Bar Admissions

  • Texas


  • Texas A&M University School of Law (J.D.)
  • Stephen F. Austin State University (B.B.A., cum laude, Marketing)

Shawna Bates

Shawna is an attorney with Thorsen Legal with over six years of experience.

Commercial Contracts Attorney

Shawna reviews, drafts and negotiates a wide variety of business contracts. She helps businesses with business formations. This includes drafting bylaws, operating agreements, shareholder agreements and partnership agreements. She also does business planning and advises on business structure. Shauna assists companies with corporate governance issues. Shawna drafts corporate policies and internal governance documents. She advises business owners, boards, directors and officers on internal governance and compliance issues.

Legal Counsel to Technology Companies

Shawna particularly enjoys representing technology companies and is skilled at reviewing technology licensing agreements, master service agreements, statements of work. Shawna is the former president and in-house counsel for D6 Consulting Electronic Discovery and Forensic Technology, a legal technology company. She also served as General Counsel to Probate Executors, LLC. Probate Executors, LLC is a technology platform for probate executors and heirs to settle estates and manage an inheritance.

Commercial Leasing

Shawna represents both landlord and tenants in the drafting, review and negotiation of commercial leases. Shawna served two years as a leasing manager with the Simon Property Group. Simon Property Group is the largest retail real estate investment trust and shopping mall operator in the US.

Commercial Real Estate Attorney

Shawna assists real estate developers, real estate purchasers and real estate investors. She helps her clients purchase, develop, finance, construct, sell and lease commercial properties. Shawna advises clients on legal issues that may arise in a commercial property transaction. These issues include zoning ordinances, land use regulations, title, and surveys. Shawna also assists with leases, licenses, escrow and real estate financing. Shawna assists clients through all stages of property acquisition including real estate due diligence and real estate closing documents.

Mergers & Acquisitions

Shawna is a member of our Mergers and Acquisitions team. Shawna drafts, reviews, and negotiates asset purchase agreements, stock purchase agreements, membership interest purchase agreements and other business sale agreements.

Intellectual Property

As an IP attorney with Thorsen Legal, Shawna reviews and drafts licensing agreements, agreements not to disclose and confidential information agreements. Shawna also does intellectual property transfers and invention assignments agreements. She is particularly interested in brand licensing IP Law.

Employment Attorney

Shawna drafts and reviews employment agreements, independent contractor agreements, employee vesting agreements and “work for hire” agreements. Shawna also drafts, reviews and negotiates agreements not to solicit, non-compete agreements and intellectual property and invention assignment agreements. She prepares employment offer letters, employee termination agreements and employee manuals.