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Lesa Nickelson French is a Vice President within JLL Houston’s Office Tenant Representation group. Her specialized expertise—as a real estate office broker and former practicing attorney for 10 years—provides her clients with a unique skillset and perspective in the office leasing market.

Specialties
Tenant representation, office leasing

Years of experience
10 years

Experience
During her more than ten years in the commercial real estate industry, Mrs. French has represented office tenants in lease transactions ranging from 2,500 to 500,000 square feet. Prior to joining JLL, Mrs. French was a broker at CBRE, where she successfully represented mid- to large-size users of office space. Before entering commercial real estate, Mrs. French was a practicing attorney for 10 years. Six of those years were spent at Service Corporation International (SCI), where she was initially a commercial litigator and then later supervised SCI’s U.S. and Canadian litigation, and was responsible for the negotiation and successful resolution of hundreds of lawsuits.

Select clients
• Akin Gump
• Cozen O'Connor
• EDI
• Houston Business Journal
• Michael Page International
• N.F. Smith & Associates
• Precision Document Solutions
• Reed Smith
• Reich & Binstock
• Snell & Wilmer LLP
• Stantec
• Steptoe & Johnson
• Susan G. Komen
• Teach For America
• Technip 
• Totally Carpet

Education
• Juris Doctorate, University of Houston
• Bachelor of Arts, with honors, The University of Texas

Awards
• Heavy Hitter in Office Leasing, Houston Business Journal (2014)
• Top Gun Designation, JLL (2014)

Affiliations
• Houston Area Women's Center, Board Member
• American Lung Association, Board Co-Chair (2015-2016)
• CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate), Former Volunteer
• Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Member
• Women's Energy Network, Member
• JLL Houston Women's Network, Member