University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2005
University of Wisconsin, B.A., 2000
I generally work on two types of real estate projects. In one facet of my practice, I assist my clients in using federal and state tax credits to develop affordable housing and to adaptively reuse historic buildings. Many of these projects have multiple – sometimes ten or more – financing sources. Developing a project that satisfies the requirements of all of these funders can be a challenge, but I enjoy working with my clients and their funders to meet everyone’s goals for the project.
On the other side, I also help clients develop multifamily housing, and senior housing, and mixed-use developments that include residential, hotel, office, and/or retail space. These projects could be the anchor of a new downtown neighborhood, or could be central to the redevelopment efforts of a blighted area in a community. These projects often are not feasible without state or local incentives, and I work with my clients to structure these deals in a manner that maximizes the efficient use of these scarce resources.
Practicing Tax Credit Financing & Syndication
I regularly work on the following matters
Structuring transactions involving state and federal tax credits, tax-exempt bonds, and tax increment financing
Obtaining construction financing, permanent financing, debt facilities, and bridge financing
Navigating state and federal government grant and loan programs
Acquiring debt and equity interests in troubled real estate assets
Assembling and developing land
Securing local governmental approvals
Negotiating joint venture agreements
Developer’s counsel for a mixed-income project with approximately 200 units of market rate housing and 50 units of affordable housing. The market rate and affordable portions of the project had two separate plans of finance, and included tax-exempt bond financing, tax increment financing, federal low-income housing tax credits, HOME funds, and mezzanine financing.
Developer’s counsel for the renovation and adaptive reuse of a historic factory into approximately 90 units of affordable housing. Financing included federal and state low-income housing tax credits, federal and state historic tax credits, tax-exempt bond financing, environmental grants, and other soft funds.
Investor’s counsel for the adaptive reuse of a historic building into a restaurant, bar, and creative work space.
Developer’s counsel for a mixed-use redevelopment project with approximately 250 units of residential housing and approximately 24,500 square feet of retail space. The local government provided several forms of soft funds to incentivize the redevelopment project.
Developer’s counsel for an affordable housing project with more than 10 sources of funds, including federal, state and local funds for affordable housing, environmental remediation and transit-oriented development.
Developer’s counsel for a mixed-use project with over 350 residential units and approximately 24,000 square feet of retail, office and creative work space.
Also experienced in
Real Estate Development & Transactions
Honors & Awards
Attorney of the Year
Minnesota Lawyer, 2016
Associations & Memberships
American Bar Association
Minnesota Bar Association
Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law
Urban Land Institute Minnesota, Young Leaders Group
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