Hay Legal Group PLLC

Thomas S. Hoekstra is Senior Counsel at The Hay Legal Group PLLC. Tom graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1970 with a B.A. degree in Plan II, an advanced liberal arts program. He then attended the University of Texas School of Law and graduated with a J.D. degree in 1973. He has practiced law in the Panhandle, San Antonio, Dallas and, for the last 12 years, back in Austin.

In the course of his legal career, Tom has tried more than 120 civil jury cases to a verdict, and numerous other bench trials and criminal cases. He has represented clients in business matters including real estate, commercial leasing, energy, environmental, corporate, toxic tort, transportation, construction, architecture, banking, telecommunications and aviation.

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Colin Newberry, a Senior Associate with the Firm, is a native Austinite and graduate of Austin High School. Colin focuses on the Firm’s litigation practice, specifically in real estate, family, and business law.

Colin graduated from the University of Georgia with dual degrees in History and Speech Communications. After graduation, he returned to Texas, graduating cum laude from Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law. While there he earned admission into the Order of the Barristers, given by the faculty to only the most outstanding advocates of each graduating class.

Additionally, his classmates selected him as one of two Kennedy Memorial Scholars, recognizing his “service in student organizations, pro bono service, faculty interaction and dedicated efforts to the betterment of the school and community.”

During his years practicing in Dallas, Colin truly litigated cases, taking many to trial numerous, settled many more without the need of a final trial, and presented oral argument to the Dallas Court of Appeals. Upon returning to Austin and joining the Firm, he has expanded his practice, representing contractors, closely held business disputes, complex divorce proceedings, and numerous landlord-tenant disputes.

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John A. Hay III, Founder and Managing partner of the Austin based law firm of The Hay Legal Group PLLC, focuses his practice on commercial and residential real estate, real estate litigation, construction, development, mediation, finance and mortgage lending.

In addition to practicing law, John holds his Texas Escrow Officer’s License, and as a Fee Attorney for Independence Title Company handles many of the Firm’s commercial and residential real estate closings. As managing partner, he also oversees many of the day to day matters of the Firm and directly manages the title team.

John’s experience includes representing parties to commercial and residential transactions, general council work for real estate brokerages, representing real estate agents, drafting commercial and residential loan documents, as well as real estate entities such as joint ventures, single asset entities, construction and development companies, property entitlement issues, title insurance claims, foreclosure, landlord/tenant matters, financial institutions, property tax protests, divorce proceedings and administrative matters.

Prior to forming The Hay Legal Group PLLC (fka Hay Compere PLLC), he managed a residential mortgage company ranked in the Top 20 by the Austin Business Journal. He earned the NAMB Lending Integrity seal of approval and obtained the highest designation in the industry as a Certified Mortgage Consultant (CMC) – one of roughly ten in Texas with this designation.

Additionally, John held his real estate license and represented clients in both residential and commercial transactions.

Outside of the office he is very active in philanthropy – donating countless hours and resources to various organizations. These include St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Texas Appleseed, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Young Texans Against Cancer, Caritas, Big Hearts for Brave Hearts, Citizen Generation, and an organization he co-founded, Burnt Orange Benefit.

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