I’m an associate attorney in the firm’s commercial real estate group. I advise developers, investors and owners in the acquisition, disposition, leasing, and financing of commercial real estate. I also assist charter schools and local nonprofit organizations with their commercial real estate transactions. I have worked on projects involving multi-family housing, retail, office, mixed-use, healthcare facilities, and school buildings. Each project is unique and we enjoy getting through those complexities with our clients.
What is an interesting trend happening right now related to your field of practice?
Commercial real estate in the Southeast is experiencing an exciting period of growth and Bass, Berry & Sims has had the privilege of assisting our clients on several exciting, transformative projects. Many of these projects could not have taken place without the support of local communities and economic development boards, or without public incentive structures. Our clients come to us for support and advice with respect to local incentive programs such as payment in-lieu of taxes (PILOTs) and tax increment financing (TIFs).
Why did you choose to pursue a career in the legal field?
I did not have a straight path into the legal field, but I wouldn’t change that for the world. I started my career as a fifth grade teacher in Houston, and I spent my summers helping new incoming teachers to find apartments in the city. Both roles were gratifying, and I found joy in being a connector of resources and information for teachers and students. I eventually went to law school because I wanted to be a connector of legal resources with organizations that touch the community.