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Rising Star: Phillip J. F. Geheb

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"Dad, you're speeding. How do you want me to drive when I get my license?" asked my 10-year old daughter.

Phillip J. F. Geheb

Shareholder, Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, Dallas

Phill Geheb is a Real Estate and development attorney whose practice focuses on urban development. Geheb assists for-profit and nonprofit developers, owners, investors and financial institutions in structuring public private partnerships employing a variety of capital sources to bring mixed-use, hospitality, office, affordable housing, and community resource projects through the development process from concept to completion. He has extensive experience with nontraditional sources of capital and is recognized both statewide and nationally for his expertise in historic rehabilitation incentive programs. In the past three years, Phill has lead teams on complex real estate transactions valued at approximately $1 billion in five states, including over $250 million in on-campus student housing projects for the Texas A&M System and the University of Oklahoma, the $120 million redevelopment of the Butler Building in Dallas, the $55 million redevelopment of the former Crozier Tech High School building in Dallas, the $95 million redevelopment of the 1700/1712 Commerce buildings in Dallas, the $120 million Frisco Station Hotel Campus, and the $14 million redevelopment of the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas' Camp Whispering Cedars in South Dallas.

Leadership Activity: Geheb currently serves as the education liaison for the Public Policy Committee for The Real Estate Council of Dallas and is the President of board of directors for NTFB Perot Family Campus.

Pro Bono and Civil Work: Geheb's passion for his practice stems from his Teach for America experience and his studies as a Gates Scholar at the University of Cambridge in England, where he was inspired by an East Berlin redevelopment project that revitalized a struggling community. Geheb is the former Chairman and The Real Estate Council's Education Committee, where he directed TREC's philanthropic resources to issues involving early childhood education, high school mentorship programs, neighborhood school initiatives and district wide policy initiatives. In addition, Geheb played an integral role in forming Impact Dallas Capital, the nonprofit sponsoring Dallas' only 'double-bottom line' investment fund. Utilizing his background in PPP and urban development, Geheb helped secured IDC's 501(c)(3) status and advised on the formation of its first investment funds.

Accolades: Thomson Reuters Rising Stars Award (2017); Associate Leadership Council The Real Estate Council (2015); Gates Cambridge Scholar (2005); Teach for America Americorp Grant Recipient (2005)

In My Words: What is the one word people use to describe you? Creative

What is your favorite thing about being in the legal industry?

I get to work on urban development issues I care about with very smart and talented people.

What is your No. 1 survival tip in a work crisis? Slow down and pick up the phone.

Knowing what you know now, what would you tell your young self when you were graduating?

Find mentors who are invested in your success as early as you can.