Meet Jeffrey “Marty” Barnhill

Jeffrey "Marty" Barnhill

Jeffrey “Marty” Barnhill

Jeff "Marty" Barnhill is Board Certified in Commercial Real Estate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Prior to becoming one of the original partners of Skelton Slusher Barnhill Watkins Wells PLLC in January 2014, he was an attorney and partner with the Zeleskey Law Firm from 2001 to 2013. His prior work experience included 14 years at Barnhill Poultry Supply, a family-owned business engaged in the sale of poultry equipment and poultry vaccine with offices in Nacogdoches, Pittsburg, and Gonzales, Texas. Barnhill also traveled throughout Mexico for the company. He was previously involved in ownership of two fast food restaurants and a poultry farm prior to the founding of Skelton Slusher Barnhill Watkins Wells PLLC.

In his law practice, Barnhill has capitalized on his experience in the business arena by concentrating his practice in the areas of commercial and real estate transactions. He has participated in matters including:

  • Representation of purchasers and sellers in hotel, restaurant and other commercial real estate transactions in several states including Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Michigan and Ohio
  • Representation of purchasers and sellers of ranches and timber property throughout Texas
  • Preparing commercial and residential leases and real estate closing documents and contracts for the sale of real estate
  • General corporate representation
  • Setting up business entities, including corporations, professional corporations, limited liability companies, and limited partnerships
  • Preparation of documents related to the sale and purchase of ongoing businesses
  • Representation of property owners in eminent domain procedures
  • Real estate litigation involving disputes concerning title and ownership of property, partitions, mechanic's liens, lease disputes, enforcement of restrictive covenants, adverse possession, easements, evictions, timber rights and disputes among co-tenants
  • Commercial litigation involving various issues, including contract disputes and partnerships
  • Real estate foreclosures

Marty and his wife, Demesa, live in Lufkin, Texas. They enjoy spending time with their three daughters, Tia, Sarah, and Grace, and their expanding family that now includes sons-in-law and grandkids.

Areas Of Practice

  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Residential Real Estate
  • Commercial Transactions
  • Business Entities

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Commercial Real Estate, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2015

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 2001


  • South Texas College of Law Houston, Houston, Texas
    • J.D. - 2000
  • Stephen F. Austin University, Nacogdoches, Texas
    • B.B.A. - 1984
    • Major: General Business

Past Employment Positions

  • Zeleskey Law Firm, Attorney and Partner, 2001 to 2013

Pro Bono Activities

  • Buckner Family Place, Advisory Board

Ancillary Businesses

  • Community Title Company
Jeffrey "Marty" Barnhill
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