Economic Development

Attorneys at Adams and Reese represent both private and public interests related to economic development and incentive negotiation. Our knowledge and experience in understanding the need to create jobs, eliminate blight, improve the quality of life, and build a tax base, together with our ability to monitor and understand the incentives and how they legally can be offered, allow us to effectively facilitate public/private partnerships. Public investment in new private projects, expansion of existing projects, and other types of investment are often found in federal and state credits and in other incentive programs. Currently, new markets tax credits, property tax abatement, tax increment finance and other local and state provided incentives have successfully provided the necessary assistance to make projects attractive to pursue. 

With offices in multiple markets including Washington, DC, Adams and Reese is involved in state and federal legislation and the development of laws that can broaden the scope and results of public/private partnerships. Our team provides value far beyond the initial assistance in economic development efforts for a new project. We want to build a relationship as your go-to legal counsel for all aspects of your business.

Our Attorneys

In various transactions, we negotiate at times on behalf of private developers and at other times on behalf of public entities. Our understanding of negotiations from both sides of a transaction often helps result in an efficient negotiation process. Our clients have the support of traditional legal work such as real estate, tax, banking law and specialized legal services such as entertainment and energy.

Adams and Reese has a strong reputation for creative problem-solving and resources for stalled or difficult projects. If your project is missing a critical permit or faces zoning barriers, we apply proven negotiation and litigation skills along with knowledge of public processes to identify options previously unconsidered or recognized. We also stay active in lobbying efforts for more favorable tax environments and vehicles for business development.

Core Practice and Clients

Adams and Reese represents public/private partnerships for airports and public transit, commercial developments, health care, oil and gas, energy, higher education, utilities, port facilities, entertainment and recreation, industrial, manufacturing, storage and distribution, logistics, transportation, residential, urban developments and other types of developments.

Our core practices include:

Community Development/Revitalization: representing business owners and not-for-profit entities in partnership with site selection firms, economic development professionals and government agencies. We negotiate benefits and incentives for competitive local business climates, healthy tax bases and high-quality infrastructure.

Public Finance: investigation of tax or revenue-secured municipal bonds as well as corporate securities for private and not-for-profit development, cash flow and restructuring of existing debt.

Negotiation, Litigation and ADR: counsel for stalled projects, conflict resolution arising from questions of legality in public/private partnerships and development proposals and litigation for breach of contract or other underperformance claims.

Representative Matters: 

  • Assistance to downtown development authorities and commissions in connection with development, modernization and redevelopment of downtown areas.
  • Development of business and industrial parks for communities.
  • Negotiation of hundreds of tax abatement transactions.
  • Development, financing, permitting and legal work in connection with hotels, civic centers, libraries, public schools, alternative schools, hospitals, clinics, sports and recreation facilities and parking facilities.
  • Representation of  borrowers, banks and other participants in state and federal New Markets Tax Credit programs and other tax credit programs such as movie and film tax credit matters.
  • New Project development and expansion of high tech industries for international companies.
  • Negotiation of major contracts of professional sport franchises, including licenses and use agreements and development or renovation of sports facilities.
  • Negotiation of favorable reduced payments in lieu of tax (“PILOTs”) on hundreds of facilities.
  • Major land acquisition, zoning and permitting with multiple jurisdictions, hundreds of lots and various degrees of construction and curing of all title related matters.
  • Regularly write title policies including projects that have a value in excess of $250,000,000.
  • Representation of auto industry companies.
  • Represent businesses in negotiation of publicly owned land and facilities. 

Representative Experience:

  • Represented one of the nation’s largest homebuilders in its purchase of building sites in multiple areas.
  • Created multi-jurisdictional economic development entities and represented them in their collective economic development efforts.
  • Drafting, oversight and passage of a significant portion of economic development laws.
  • Structuring and creating a private foundation affiliated with a university system that facilitates the transfer and commercialization of university-based research and technology to the marketplace, including development of its first early stage venture capital fund.
  • Negotiation of intellectual property licensing rights that help develop, test and bring to market an anticancer technology emanating from university-based biotechnology research in Louisiana.
  • Assisted with negotiations resulting in the development of environmental projects and facilities such as bio-diesel, wood chip, solar and wind energy related projects.
  • Negotiated Cooperative Endeavor Agreement among numerous public and private entities that have resulted in successful development and expansion of projects.
  • Provided legal assistance and negotiation of Billions of Dollars of financings and incentives for an diversified group of projects throughout our footprint.

Our attorneys provide a first contact for developing the right relationships and understanding the local and regulatory climate for your next proposed development.

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Diversity is not new at Adams and Reese and is not the work of one individual or committee, but rather the work of our entire firm.  Through dedication, creativity, hard work and leadership of many culturally diverse individuals coming together, our diversity momentum grows stronger every year. Our appreciation of the unique differences among us and how we benefit from the diverse backgrounds, experiences and talents of our attorneys, advisors and staff enhances our service to our clients while it enriches the lives of both our employees and the communities in which we work and live. 

The Adams and Reese Diversity Committee is comprised of Deborah Rouen, Partner and Diversity Committee Chairwoman,  the Recruiting Partner, the Partner for Associates, an Executive Committee Appointee, three Practice Group Leaders, the Chief Marketing Officer and additional representatives throughout the firm's footprint.

Our minority attorney committee also meets regularly with the firm’s Diversity Chairwoman to further develop and promote diversity through events targeted to other minority attorneys, clients and community members. This committee has successfully held numerous minority receptions and events in conjunction with the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the Bayou Classic and the Essence Music Festival, as well as sponsorships including the Urban League, Diversity Summits, Black Business Networks, Minority Bar Association events, National Minority AIDS Council efforts, as well as endowed professorships and scholarships at historically black universities.

Adams and Reese women and minorities lead by example and share in the leadership of our firm. We are also proud of our women and minority attorneys serving in leadership positions in professional, civic and philanthropic organizations.

Recent Diversity Honors

Adams and Reese is proud of our diversity recognitions made possible through the hard work, dedication and commitment within the firm:
  • Diversity Recognition - Top 200 Law Firms for Women Equity Partners
    American Lawyer Media 2012
  • Diversity Award - Unity Award in Large Company Category
    Biz941 Magazine 2012
  • Diversity Award - Corporate Counsel Women of Color Diversity Award of Excellence
    Corporate Counsel Women of Color® 2011
  • Diversity Award - Commitment to Diversity Award
    Human Resources Management Association 2011
  • Diversity Award - Commendation of Diversity Principles
    Louisiana State Bar Association 2010
  • Diversity Recognition - Diversity Scorecard - Among top 200 law firms in diversity
    Minority Law Journal 2010, 2009, 2008
  • Diversity Award - Encouraging Diversity Award, Finalist Minority Business Awards
    Birmingham Business Journal 2009, 2007
  • Diversity Recognition - Women in Law Firms - Nationally ranked among nation's best law firms for women
    American Lawyer Magazine 2009
  • Diversity Award - Encouraging Diversity Award, First Place Minority Business Awards
    Birmingham Business Journal 2008
  • Diversity Recognition - Top 100 Law Firms for Diversity
    MultiCultural Law Magazine 2008
  • Diversity Recognition - Top 100 Law Firms for Women
    Women 3.0 Magazine 2008
  • Diversity Award - Lighthouse Award - Fostering diversity in the legal profession
    International Paper Legal Department 2006

Events and Sponsorships

Adams and Reese is proud to host, sponsor, partner and participate in numerous diversity initiatives:
  • ABA Minority Counsel Program
  • ABA Section of Litigation Products Liability Committee's "Women in Products Liability"
  • Bayou Classic
  • Corporate Counsel Women of Color® Annual Career Strategies Conference
  • Endowed Professorships and Scholarships at Historically Black Universities
  • Essence Music Festival
  • GE Midwestern Diversity Conference
  • Louisiana State Bar Association Minority Involvement Annual Job Fair – Loyola University
  • Loyola University College of Law Diversity Programs
  • Martinet Scholarship Gala
  • Mobile United Ethics and Diversity Seminar
  • National Association of Women Judges Annual Conference
  • National Bar Association National Convention
  • National Black Law Student Association Convention
  • National Directory of Minority Attorney
  • National Minority AIDS Council
  • National Urban League Conference
  • National Women’s Law Center Annual Awards
  • National Women’s Leadership Council
  • New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival
  • Power Ties
  • Southeastern Minority Job Fair
  • SunBelt Minority Job Fair
  • Vault/MCCA
  • Women of the Year, New Orleans CityBusiness


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