A savvy and skillful advisor in the complexities of real estate incentives, David is sought out for his knowledge in financing, development and construction. He has made his mark on a number of well-known projects located in the Midwest. David began his legal career exclusively representing cities, counties and other governmental bodies in land-use and development issues and uses this knowledge to get results for clients. He represents developers and municipalities in land use, real estate and related litigation matters. David's personal ties to this industry stem from his employment as a historic preservation planner prior to attending law school.
David advises clients on various development issues, including zoning, redevelopment, tax increment financing (TIF), annexation, public financing, economic development and incentives, and capital improvements and facilities financing. He has also drafted subdivision, zoning, impact fee, growth management systems and other development regulations for more than two dozen municipalities. David is listed in the prestigious Bond Buyer's Municipal Marketplace (the Red Book).
David's noteworthy industry accomplishments include:
•Advising the City of St. Louis, Mo., in a redevelopment project that could engulf more than 1,000 acres on the city's north side.
•Advised company in securing the first-ever state historic tax credit issued by Illinois for restoring historic hotel in Peoria, Ill.
David's broad knowledge comprises real estate transactions such as purchase, sale, leasing, construction and financing. He represents clients in the structuring, negotiation and documentation of secured and unsecured loan and credit facilities. David also handles a variety of tax credit matters, including state and federal historic tax credits, low income housing tax credits and New Markets Tax Credits.
In addition to counseling clients, David frequently speaks on land use and real estate issues at conferences and seminars. He is a member of the firm's Partner Board.
Awards and Recognitions
•The Best Lawyers In America, Land Use and Zoning Law, Real Estate Law, 2007-2015; St. Louis Land Use and Zoning Law Lawyer of the Year, 2012
•Lafayette Square Restoration Group President's Award, 2002
•Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers, Real Estate, 2009-2014
•St. Louis Business Journal, 40 Under 40, 2003
•Attorneys for Big Brothers Big Sisters, founder
•City of St. Louis, Board of Preservation, Commissioner
•Gateway Greening, Inc., Board of Advisors
•Grace Hill Settlement House, Presidents' Council
•Lafayette Park Conservancy, founder; Board of Directors
•Landmarks Association of St. Louis, Inc., Board of Counselors
•National Trust for Historic Preservation, Board of Advisors
•Old North St. Louis, Advisory Board
•Preservation Action, Board of Directors, Federal Historic Preservation Program Task Force
•St. Margaret of Scotland School, Board of Directors, President
•Representation of non-profit organization on an $8.2 million scattered site affordable housing project in St. Louis County, utilizing 9% Missouri and Federal LIHTCs along with Port Authority funds and MHDC funds.
•Special development counsel to the City of St. Louis, Mo., with respect to the Ballpark Village project, a mixed-use district north of the new Busch Stadium. Transaction involved negotiation, adoption and implementation of a number of financing incentives.
•Represented McGowan Brothers Development Corp. in $25 million residential redevelopment of a vacant building in downtown St. Louis, as well as the capitalization of two new businesses located in that building. Wide variety of public and private financing sources analyzed and secured for project.
•Counseled EM Properties in securing the first-ever state historic tax credit issued by Illinois for restoring the historic Hotel Pere Marquette in Peoria, Ill.
•Represented the City of St. Louis as special counsel in tax increment financing redevelopment project involving nearly 1,100 acres on the city's north side.
10.06.14 “The Top 10 List of Mistakes Made with Missouri Historic Tax Credits,” 2014 Missouri Preservation Conference
Real Estate, Development & Construction Speaking Engagement
4.10.14 Tax Credit Programs: An Untapped Funding Source for Nonprofits
Real Estate, Development & Construction Seminar St. Louis, MO
8.25.10 Missouri Implements New Notice and Public Comment Requirements for Some Public Meetings
Real Estate, Development & Construction Alert
1.15.10 New Senate Bills Seek to Modify Missouri Tax Credit Programs
Real Estate, Development & Construction Alert
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10.24.14 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers and Rising Stars 2014 Names 83 Husch Blackwell Attorneys; Six Receive Top Honors
8.19.14 Husch Blackwell Boasts 106 Best Lawyers on 2015 List, Seven “Lawyers of the Year”
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10.16.13 In Missouri, 76 Husch Blackwell Attorneys Named 2013 Super Lawyers & Rising Stars
8.16.13 Best Lawyers 2014 Names 109 from Husch Blackwell, 13 “Lawyers of the Year”
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10.15.12 A Combined 84 Husch Blackwell Attorneys are Named 2012 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars in Missouri and Nebraska
8.23.12 2013 Best Lawyers Includes 106 Husch Blackwell Attorneys in 56 Practice Areas and 7 States
4.13.12 Husch Blackwell Leads EM Properties to Close on Hotel Pere Marquette Today
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10.19.11 Super Lawyers 2011 Names 71 Husch Blackwell Attorneys from Missouri and Nebraska; an Additional 15 Listed as Rising Stars
10.13.11 Twelve Husch Blackwell Attorneys Named Lawyers of the Year by Best Lawyers
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