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Fred Chevalier
Partner
Four United Plaza
8555 United Plaza Blvd
Baton Rouge, LA 70809
225.248.2046 tel
225.248.3046 fax

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Fred Chevalier is a partner in the firm's Business & Commercial Transactions Practice Group heading the economic development and public finance practices. He practices from the firm's Baton Rouge office and works extensively with economic development and municipal bonds and with the firm’s economic development consulting arm, Jones Walker Consulting, LLC. He concentrates on foreign direct investment, economic development incentives packages, legal site selection issues, payments in lieu of taxes (PILOT) agreements, other statutory benefit programs, tax increment financing, special tax districts, and tax sharing and tax credits.

Mr. Chevalier has represented both the public and private sectors in major economic development projects, and his clients have included Foster Farms; Union Tank Car Company; Northrop Grumman Ship Systems; CG Rail; ThyssenKrupp USA, Inc.; Lowe's; Denham Springs Economic Development District; Greater New Orleans, Inc.; Ascension Economic Development Corporation; Jefferson Economic Development Commission; large international petrochemical and steel companies; and various mixed use real estate developers.

Mr. Chevalier has served as bond counsel to the State of Louisiana and its agencies, public corporations, political subdivisions, and public trusts, including five statewide issuers of tax-exempt bonds. He has served as a technical legal adviser in numerous public finance measures adopted by congress and the Louisiana State Legislature, including laws relating to the State Bond Commission, the Louisiana Community Development Authority Act, the Louisiana Recovery District, tax increment financing, municipal leasing, Gulf Opportunity Zone legislation, and numerous economic development measures. In addition, he has served various state administrations as an adviser on Louisiana state debt and debt issuance and has provided recommendations regarding fiscal policies. 

Mr. Chevalier has served as a speaker on various private and government-sponsored seminar panels and advisory panels on economic development issues and public finance, and as a finance panelist for The Bond Buyer, the National Chamber of Commerce, the Governor's Economic Development Conference, the Louisiana Municipal Association, the Louisiana State Bar Association, the Public Law Institute, the City Attorney's Association, the Government Finance Institute, various chambers of commerce, and the Louisiana Bankers Association.

Mr. Chevalier previously served as Assistant Attorney General for Public Finance for the State of Louisiana and Chief of the Public Finance Section, in which he represented the Louisiana State Treasury Department and the State Bond Commission as Bond Counsel to the State. Mr. Chevalier was later appointed Assistant State Treasurer, and was responsible for the investment of state funds. He also served as in-house counsel to the Louisiana State Treasurer's Office and the State Bond Commission.

Noteworthy

  • Recognized in "Chambers USA – America's Leading Lawyers for Business" in the area of Banking & Finance: Public Finance (listed annually since 2013)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2018 (Copyright 2017 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC) in the areas of Economic Development Law and Public Finance Law (listed annually since 2003)
  • Listed in the 2007 edition of Louisiana Super Lawyers in the area of Bonds/Government Finance
  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating in Martindale-Hubbell

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  • National Association of Bond Lawyers
  • International Economic Development Council
  • Louisiana Industrial Development Executives Association
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Phi Alpha Delta
  • State of Louisiana (Assistant Attorney General for Public Finance, 1973–1980; Assistant Treasurer, 1980–1982)