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Arts and Culture

Shaw Center for the Arts: Organized one-of-a-kind public partnership structured transaction, negotiated architect and contractor agreements, and served as the point person for all allocations on the development of a $50-million, 200,000-square-foot theater/museum/teaching facility. The partnership now serves as the model for future public/private partnerships in Louisiana.

Education (9–12)

New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA): Negotiated the transfer of NOCCA property from the NOCCA Foundation to the State of Louisiana and advised in the creation of State-supported world-class educational institution for the performing arts in Louisiana.

Golf Course

City of West Lake: Served as real estate counsel for the development of a 400-acre golf course community.  

State of Louisiana: Tournament Players Club (TPC) Golf Course. Joint venture between affiliates of PGA TOUR Golf Course Properties and Marrero Land and Improvement Association, with the State of Louisiana providing partial funding for the project. Negotiated a complex transaction involving family donation to the State of Louisiana; structured the transaction; negotiated a lease with TPC for the design, construction, and management of the first TPC golf course in Louisiana; facilitated the funding of $12 million of capital outlay funding for the project; and negotiated design and construction contracts for the State.

Higher Education: Community College

Baton Rouge Community College: Comprehensive community college offering associate degrees and certificate programs. Assisted with the new campus acquisition and financing the construction of facilities, negotiated acquisition of a "dark" strip center in the center of Baton Rouge, structured the transaction, orchestrated a unique infill project, structured a multi-phase acquisition because of existing lease to tenants, and performed numerous negotiations of terminations and amendments to tenant leases.

Higher Education: University

Louisiana State University: Acquisition and financing of additional land for student housing.

Louisiana Tech University: Served as counsel to the university in connection with the acquisition of additional land and the construction of student housing.

Nicholls State University: Acquisition and financing of additional land for on-campus student housing.

Northwestern State University: Acquisition and financing of additional land for on-campus student housing.

Southeastern Louisiana University: Acquisition and financing of additional land for on-campus student housing.

University of Louisiana at Monroe Facilities, Inc.: Acquisition and financing of additional land for on-campus student housing.

Louisiana State University: Acquisition of research facilities complex structure to transfer research facilities to LSU for federally-funded research, including complicated environmental issues. Staged transaction for phased move-out of Albemarle; the agreement included an obligation of Albemarle to maintain jobs in Louisiana.

Hospital

Hotel Dieu: Served as lead counsel in real estate acquisition.

IASIS Healthcare: Served as local counsel in the acquisition of Glenwood Regional Medical Center in Monroe, Louisiana.

Woman's Hospital: Served as lead real estate counsel in the development of a 225-acre campus in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, which included a significant mixed-use component.

Hotel

Capitol House Hotel: Baton Rouge Community Development co-counsel structuring transaction; revitalization of a historic hotel in downtown Baton Rouge. Created structure to allow for a community foundation to acquire and renovate, using tax increment financing.

Law Enforcement

State Police: Served as lead counsel in complex acquisition by the State of Louisiana of a former industrial site for State Police training center; handled significant environmental issues and structured the transaction for compatible use of contaminated site.

Manufacturing

Capital City Press: Served as lead counsel in the acquisition of property for the new press facilities.

Office

State of Louisiana: Served as lead counsel to the State of Louisiana for the acquisition of property sites and the financing of six state office buildings and three parking garages; negotiated and structured acquisition of more than forty individual tracts of land in downtown Baton Rouge to assemble four blocks for these buildings (one tract needed to be expropriated).

Oyster Leasing

Freeport-McMoRan: Provided legal advice on matters involving oyster lease issues, complex coastal restoration issues, and co-existent rights of State/Freeport (property owners)/oyster leaseholders.

Residential: In-State

Bailey Family: Sugar Mill lead counsel; structured and negotiated the development of a 500-acre Traditional Neighborhood Development (TND) in Lafayette, Louisiana.

Acadia Plantation Development: In Thibodaux, Louisiana; 1,000-acre mixed-use development, a 200-acre office and retail, and a 490-acre TND.

Executive Capital Corporation: Served as national counsel on numerous multi-family projects.

Residential: Out-of-State

Acadia Plantation Development: In Thibodaux, Louisiana; 1,000-acre mixed-use development, a 200-acre office and retail and a 490-acre TND.

Americana Traditional Neighborhood Development: Served as lead counsel for a 400-acre TND in Zachary, Louisiana.

Bailey Family: Sugar Mill lead counsel; structured and negotiated the development of a 500-acre TND in Lafayette, Louisiana.

Executive Capital Corporation: Served as national counsel on numerous multi-family projects.

Harmony Traditional Neighborhood Development: Served as land use counsel for a 500-acre TND in Covington, Louisiana.

River View Traditional Neighborhood Development: Served as lead counsel for a 500-acre TND in Port Allen, Louisiana.

Residential: Temporary Housing – Katrina/Rita

ICF International: Louisiana Road Home Program.

Fluor Corporation: Served as lead Louisiana counsel for Fluor in 57 Louisiana parishes.

Research

Research Park Corporation: Served as lead counsel in the creation and development of the Louisiana Technology Park, was involved in the creation of the Research Park Corporation, developed the concept for the creation of the Louisiana Technology Park, structured the LTP, and was instrumental in funding. The Louisiana Technology Park is a private-public alliance formed to create the most active and innovative atmosphere for e-business, high-technology and biotechnology between Houston and Atlanta. The State of Louisiana and the Research Park Corporation have joined with the ECO structure alliance of EMC2, Cisco Systems, and Oracle to form a comprehensive catalyst for the Internet, e-commerce, and biotech economies, focused on growing startup companies; providing high-speed, high-volume commercial data storage and transmission; and offering swift, direct Internet connectivity. The technology business accelerator is owned and managed by Louisiana Technology Park LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the nonprofit Louisiana-based technology developer, Research Park Corp.

Retail: Big Box

Serve as Louisiana counsel for a Fortune 100 discount retailer on all real estate acquisitions, development, and land use.

Bright Meyers: Served as Louisiana counsel on real estate acquisitions, developments, and land-use matters, as well as for financing matters on shopping center developments in Louisiana.

Retail: Lifestyle Center

Jim Wilson & Associates, Inc.: Served as principal counsel in the development of the Mall of Louisiana.

Creekstone Development: Creekstone Town Centre Development. Served as lead outside counsel for development.

JTS Development: Perkins Rowe Development. Served as lead outside counsel for development.

Stirling Properties: Numerous projects throughout the state of Louisiana.

Retail: Power Center

Mall Properties: Marketplace Development. Worked on extensive land-use issues and assisted with development issues.

Retail: Regional Mall

General Growth: Served as local lead counsel for the 1-million-square-foot Mall of Louisiana (with a 300,000-square-foot expansion). Major land use work on numerous expansion projects.

Retail Regional: Tenant

Lee Berg Fine Jewelers: Served as lead counsel on all leasing in the Gulf South region for the jewelry store chain.  

Revitalization

Bon Carré: Bon Carré Business Center is a technology, research, and business hub that is anchored by a high-tech data storage facility and is the current home for a number of high-tech businesses. Served as lead counsel on the conversion of a 900,000-square-foot shopping center into a mixed-use business development, structured the acquisition of Bon Carré with unique conversion, and dealt with numerous retail tenant issues.

State of Louisiana

State of Louisiana: For eight years, Jones Walker served as principal outside general counsel for all acquisitions in excess of $250,000, totaling more than $1 billion in acquisitions.

Wetlands and Recreation

Department of Natural Resources: Served as outside counsel for the Atchafalaya Basin, the nation's largest river swamp, containing almost one million acres of our nation's most significant bottomland hardwoods, swamps, bayous, and back-water lakes, on all real estate issues for the basin program ($50 million over two years); handled significant issues with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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