Tray Hairston

Tray Hairston: Attorney with Butler Snow LLP
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  • Renaissance at Colony Park, 1020 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 1400, P.O. Box 6010, Ridgeland, MS 39157
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Biography

Tray focuses his practice on public finance, economic development, and government relations. Before joining the firm, he served as Counsel and Economic Development Advisor to Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant. He has served as Bond Counsel for various cities and counties throughout Mississippi. He is also an adjunct law professor and regularly publishes scholarly legal articles.

Distinctions

•Delta Regional Authority’s Delta Leadership Institute, fellow, 2018
The Bond Buyer, Rising Star, 2018
•PORTICO 10, Class of 2017
•Adjunct Professor, Mississippi College School of Law, 2010-Present
Super Lawyers
•Mid-South Super Lawyers, Government Finance, 2016-2018
•Top 40 Under 40, Tougaloo College Inaugural Class, 2016-2017
•Top 100 Black Lawyers (Ridgeland, MS), The National Black Lawyers, 2015
•Counsel and Policy Advisor, Economic Development & Public Finance, Office of Governor Phil Bryant, 2012-2013
•Young Lawyer of the Year, Mississippi College School of Law, 2012-2013
•Top 40 Under 40, Mississippi Business Journal, 2013
•Project Manager (Global), Mississippi Development Authority, 2004-2006

In the News

•Tray Hairston to Speak in Jackson, Tenn. at Chamber Event Called Spark
•Butler Snow’s Hairston takes the philosophical approach
•Butler Snow Attorney Tray Hairston Listed in The Bond Buyer’s National Rising Stars
•Butler Snow Attorney Tray Hairston Graduates Delta Leadership Institute
•Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation picks Butler Snow’s Tray Hairston as One Walk Chair - Madison County Journal
•Butler Snow Ranked as a Top 10 Private Bond Counsel Firm Nationally by Thomson Reuters Top Legal Counsel Review
•The Max gives sneak preview with 8 days to go - Meridian Star
•City, businesses spruce up for Max opening - Meridian Star
•Meridian invests in economy and culture to The MAX - Mississippi Today
•Tray Hairston Serves as Co-Chair of the American Bar Association’s Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law
•Tray Hairston Selected as fellow for Delta Leadership Program - Mississippi Business Journal
•Tray Hairston Selected as fellow for Delta Leadership Program
•106 Butler Snow Attorneys Listed in 2017 Mid-South Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
•Tray Hairston Elected to Mississippi Main Street Board of Directors
•Butler Snow Ranked as Top 10 Bond Counsel Firm for First Half of 2017
•Butler Snow Ranked as a Top 10 Bond Counsel Firm Nationally by Thomson Reuters Top Legal Counsel Review
•Two Butler Snow Attorneys Named to PORTICO 10 Class of 2017
•Nyquist Leadership Panel Includes Butler Snow Attorney Tray Hairston
•Butler Snow Public Finance, Tax Incentives and Credit Markets Group Launches PFI Blog
•Butler Snow Attorney Tray Hairston Named to Top 100 Black Lawyers List
•The Future of Health Care in Mississippi
•Jackson Free Press Profiles Butler Snow Attorney Tray Hairston
•Butler Snow Attorney Tray Hairston on Healthcare as an Economic Driver at TEDx Jackson
•Health Care Can Be Utilized to Drive Economy
•People in Business: New Attorneys
•Butler Snow Adds Four Attorneys

Papers, Presentations, & Publications

•Author, “The Future of Economic Development: Using Health Care as an Economic Driver, Public-Private Partnerships as a Platform to Further Development, and Minority Participation as a Path Forward in a More Diverse Mississippi,” 35 Miss. C. L. Rev. 370 (2017).
•Author, Deal or No Deal: 7 Lessons from a Lawyer Who’s Been There, JYL News, Spring 2015.
•Speaker, How to make health care an economic driver, TEDx, Jackson, MS, November 6, 2014.
•Author, How to Make Health Care an Economic Driver: Prolegomena to a Future Economic Development, The Mississippi Lawyer, Vol. IX, No. 4, pg. 10-16, Summer 2014
•Author, “Building a Better Jackson: Health Care Industry Potential, ” Clarion Ledger, Jul. 3, 2014 pg. 1C.
•Author, “Healthcare turning Mississippi’s weaknesses into strengths” Clarion Ledger, Jan. 30, 2014 pg. 8A, Miss. Bus. J., Feb. 8, 2014, Vol. 36, No. 6, p. 23.
•Author, “Prolegomena to a Future Economic Development: Mississippi Targets Health Care and Life Science Industries, ” Mississippi Business Law Reporter. Vol. 5, No. 1, Spring 2014
•Presenter, Health Care is More than just a Hospital: Health Care as an Economic Driver, Texas Economic Development Annual Conference, October 16, 2013.
•Presenter, Health Care Zones as a Tool for Economic Development, Governor Phil Bryant Health Care Economic Development Summit, August 15, 2013.
•Presenter, Health Care Zones as a Tool for Economic Development, Mississippi Municipal League Annual Summer Conference, July 17, 2013.
•Presenter, Mississippi Housing and Community Development Conference 2013: Comprehensive Community Development, Affordable Housing and More, June 18, 2013.
•Speaker, What Teach For America Means to Economic Development, Teach For America 2013 Induction Ceremony, June 4, 2013.
•Presenter, 6th Empowering Communities for a Healthy Mississippi Conference, May 22, 2013.
•Presenter, Mississippi Affordable Housing Conference 2013, February 20, 2013.
•Presenter, Mississippi Economic Development Council Winter Conference 2013, February 7, 2013.
•Keynote Luncheon Speaker, Economic Development and Transportation, MDOT Transportation Summit, July 10, 2012.
•Author, Mississippi’s Magnolia Garden: A Forward-Leaning Approach to Economic Development and Economic Gardening, Innovative Pointe Magazine, Winter 2012.
•Presenter, Legal Parameters of International Trade & Exporting, Hattiesburg, MS, August 30, 2011.

Civic Involvement

•Mississippi Main Street Association, Board of Directors, 2017-Present
•Board of Directors, Tougaloo College Research and Development Foundation, 2017-Present
•Board of Directors, Mississippi Today, 2016-Present
•Tougaloo College, 1869 Annual Fund, Co-Chairman, 2015-2016

Recent Blogs

•Butler Snow serves as Bond Counsel and Disclosure Counsel for City of Meridian, Mississippi for new 50,000,000 Mississippi Arts & Entertainment Experience
•The Cost of Water is Rising - Financing Tools and Strategies to Help Communities Pay

Areas of Practice (3)

  • Public Finance
  • Economic Development
  • Tax Credits

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(601) 985-4630  Phone
(601) 985-4500  Fax
www.butlersnow.com
University Attended:
Tougaloo College, B.A., English and Philosophy, magna cum laude, 2002; Belhaven College, M.B.A., cum laude, 2006; Clerkship, Chief Judge Henry T. Wingate, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, 2009-10
Law School Attended:
Mississippi College School of Law, J.D., 2009
Year of First Admission:
2009
Admission:
2009, Mississippi
Memberships:

Associations

•National Association of Bond Lawyers
•Mississippi Economic Development Council
•Mississippi Bar Association
•American Bar Association
•Co-Chair, Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law Mid-Winter Boot Camp, 2018

Reported Cases:
Experience: Developer's Counsel: Developer's Counsel and Incentive Counsel to 100M+ Tradition Medical & Learning City (Biloxi, MS).; Tax Rebate Counsel and Incentive Counsel: 22,500,000 Hattiesburg Hospitality H.I., LLC Tourism Tax Rebate Incentive Project (Indigo Hotel Project, Hattiesburg, Mississippi).; 23,996,499 Meridian Downtown Hotels, L.L.C. Tourism Tax Rebate Incentive Project (Threefoot Building Courtyard Marriott Project).; 44,282,128 PIAM, LLC Tourism Tax Rebate Incentive Project (Flowood Hotel & Conference Center Project).; 40,000,000 Claiborne at Adelaide, LLC Health Care Industry Zone Project.; Lease Counsel: 9,991,214 City of Meridian, Mississippi Equipment Lease Purchase Agreement Transaction, March 1, 2018.; 1,000,000 Promissory Note (Kemper County, Mississippi Lease Purchase Project A), Series 2015.; 13,554,500 Moss Point, Mississippi Tax-Exempt Energy Equipment Lease-Purchase Agreement Transaction, Series 2015.; Bond Counsel: 4,700,000 Mississippi Business Finance Corporation Taxable Revenue Bonds (Meridian Downtown Hotels, L.L.C Threefoot Building Courtyard Marriott Project), Series 2018A (the Series 2018A Bonds ) and the 11,800,000 Mississippi Business Finance Taxable Revenue Bonds (Meridian Downtown Hotels, L.L.C Threefoot Building Courtyard Marriott Project), Series 2018B (the Series 2018B Bonds).; 9,300,000 Mississippi Development Bank Special Obligation Bonds, Series 2018 (Greenville, Mississippi Public Improvement Bond Project).; 22,495,000 Mississippi Development Bank Special Obligation Bonds, Series 2018 (Vicksburg, Mississippi Sports Complex General Obligation Bond Project). 3,347,000 Claiborne County, Mississippi General Obligation Refunding Bonds, Series 2018A (the Series 2018A Bonds ) and 1,795,000 Claiborne County, Mississippi Taxable General Obligation Refunding Bonds, Series 2018B 9,930,000 Mississippi Development Bank Special Obligation Bonds, Series 2018 (Vicksburg, Mississippi Public Improvement Bond Project).; 3,200,000 Columbus Redevelopment Authority Taxable Revenue (Burns Bottom Project), Series 2017.; 6,075,000 Mississippi Business Finance Corporation Taxable Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2017 (Retro Metro, LLC Refunding Project).; 20,000,000 Mississippi Development Bank Special Obligation Bonds, Series 2017 (Meridian, Mississippi Arts & Entertainment Center General Obligation Bond Project).; 6,405,000 City of Columbus, Mississippi Electricity System Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2016.; 2,000,000 City of Greenwood, Mississippi Taxable Urban Renewal Revenue Bonds (Milwaukee Too Project), Series 2016.; 7,500,000 Meridian, Mississippi General Obligation Bonds, Series 2016.; 9,690,000 Columbus, Mississippi Water & Sewer System Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2015.; 550,000 Sharkey County, Mississippi General Obligation Hospital Bonds, Series 2015.; 200,000,000 State of Mississippi Gaming Tax Revenue Bonds, Series 2015E.; 2,369,000 City of Greenwood, Mississippi General Obligation Refunding Bonds, Series 2015.; 2,919,000 City of Greenville, Mississippi General Obligation Refunding Bonds, Series 2015.; 1,525,000 Kemper County, Mississippi Taxable Negotiable Note, Series 2015.; Developer Counsel for not to exceed 1,250,000 City of Columbus, Mississippi Taxable Tax Increment Financing Bonds, Series 2015 (University Mall Project).; 9,450,000 City of Flowood, Mississippi General Obligation Refunding Bonds, Series 2014.; 1,670,000 Noxubee County, Mississippi General Obligation Road and Bridge Bonds, Series 2014.; 8,200,000 City of Meridian, Mississippi, General Obligation Refunding Bonds, Series 2014.; 7,785,000 City of Vicksburg, Mississippi, General Obligation Refunding Bonds, Series 2014.; 1,595,000 Culkin Water District, Warren County, Mississippi General Obligation Refunding Bond, Series 2014.; 319,800 V Lakes Utility District, Rankin Mississippi Taxable Water System Junior Lien Revenue Bond, Series 2014.; 15,000,000 Mississippi Development Bank Special Obligation Bonds, Series 2014 (Pascagoula, Mississippi General Obligation Bond Project).; 850,000 Tunica County, Mississippi Taxable General Obligation Industrial Development Bonds, Series 2013.; 5,500,000 Wayne County, Mississippi Taxable General Obligation Industrial Development Bonds, Series 2013.; 2,100,000 City of Newton, Mississippi General Obligation Bonds, Series 2013.; Underwriter's Counsel: 1,315,000 Tax Increment Financing Revenue Bond, Series 2018 (Madison County Medical Center/Nissan Parkway Project).; 182,595,000 State of Mississippi General Obligation Bonds, Series 2015F (Tax-Exempt).; 9,500,000 Mississippi Development Bank Special Obligation Bonds, Series 2015 (City of Vicksburg, Mississippi Public Improvement General Obligation Project).; Underwriter's Counsel for 154,685,000 State of Mississippi General Obligation Bonds, Series 2015A (Tax-Exempt).; Underwriter's Counsel for 128,950,000 State of Mississippi Taxable General Obligation Bonds, Series 2015B.; Underwriter's Counsel for 249,980,000 State of Mississippi General Obligation Refunding Bonds, Series 2015C (Tax-Exempt).; Underwriter's Counsel for 179,135,000 State of Mississippi Taxable General Obligation Refunding Bonds, Series 2015D.; Underwriter's Counsel for 17,270,000 Mississippi Valley State University Educational Building Corporation Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2015 (Mississippi Valley State University Facilities Refinancing).; Other Experience: Assisted in the negotiation of an economic development incentive agreement or MOU with the State, local governmental unit, and private industry on a 225 million economic development project.; Drafted legislation and regulations related to Mississippi Health Care Industry Zone Act of 2012. Served as Counsel and Policy Advisor for the Office of Governor Phil Bryant providing counsel as liaison to the Mississippi Development Authority and the Mississippi State Bond Commission. Also served as liaison to the Mississippi Home Corporation in preparation of the State of Mississippi's Qualified Allocation Plan for 2012 and 2013.; Provided advice and counsel to the Office of the Governor in the state's 300,000,000 Variable Rate Demand Obligation restructuring and advance refunding of 240,000,000 in debt.; Provided advice and counsel to the Office of the Governor in preparation for ratings presentations for Moody's, Fitch, Standard & Poor's from 2012-2018.; Assisted with drafting legislation, including the Mississippi Health Care Industry Zone Act of 2012 and drafted policy for the Mississippi Home Corporation's 2013 Qualified Allocation Plan for the administration of LITHC tax credits in Health Care Zones.; Managed and assisted with several major economic development projects on behalf of the Office of the Governor.; Assisted with commercial transactions which included providing advice on the financing for both small and large manufacturing companies along with the representation and formation of 501(c) non-profit corporations.; Advised on the preparation of a private placement memorandum for a 25,000,000 Reg D capital raise.; Advised broker-dealers on FINRA regulations.; Advised on the application of Section 42 Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) on behalf of the Mississippi Home Corporation.; Drafted commercial lease agreements and membership interest purchase agreements for corporate entities.
ISLN:
921458225

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    Renaissance at Colony Park , 1020 Highland Colony Parkway, Suite 1400 , P.O. Box 6010
    Ridgeland, MS 39157

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