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.
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.
Our attorneys provide a first contact for developing the right relationships and understanding the local and regulatory climate for your next proposed development.
Mr. Wolf represented a friend in a matter last year before the New Orleans City Council. He did very good work and communicated properly and well with...Read more
Mr. Wolf represented a friend in a matter last year before the New Orleans City Council. He did very good work and communicated properly and well with all parties. I commend him for his skills and effort even though he was ultimately unsuccessful.
Bill Brabec is an aggressive litigator. Bill has provided Mississippi Valley Title Insurance Company with great legal representation in complex litig...Read more
Bill Brabec is an aggressive litigator. Bill has provided Mississippi Valley Title Insurance Company with great legal representation in complex litigation matters. Bill Brabec is capable of handling the most complicated legal issues.Read less
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I've known Chris since college. He's bright, conscientious, and honest. I referred PI, a condo issue and got a recommendation on FL probate through him.
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I contacted Mr Harwell to represent me in a landlord dispute. He wrote one letter of demand to my landlord, and when he received a counter demand, he...Read more
I contacted Mr Harwell to represent me in a landlord dispute. He wrote one letter of demand to my landlord, and when he received a counter demand, he immediately told me there would be no more pro bono work, this lawsuit would be expensive and time-consuming to litigate, and would not be worth it. I found him unprofessional and dismissive. I subsequently filed a counterclaim myself, and the landlord dropped their suit. I was totally unimpressed with Mr Harwell, and would recommend against him.Read less
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We used the office in Baton Rouge, they were very helpful and friendly.Read more