Best Lawyers for Economic Development Law in America

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Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Pittsford, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Public Finance Law Corporate Law Economic Development Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Greenville, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Economic Development Law Public Finance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Charleston, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Economic Development Law Public Finance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Greenville, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Economic Development Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Economic Development Law Litigation and Controversy - Tax
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law Government Relations Practice Economic Development Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Pittsford, New York
  • Practice Areas:
    Economic Development Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1997
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Economic Development Law Trusts and Estates Litigation and Controversy - Tax
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Economic Development Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Economic Development Law Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2005
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Nonprofit / Charities Law Economic Development Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Economic Development Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Economic Development Law Tax Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Economic Development Law Public Finance Law Municipal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Project Finance Law Public Finance Law Economic Development Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Public Finance Law Tax Law Project Finance Law Corporate Law Economic Development Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Public Finance Law Economic Development Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Nonprofit / Charities Law Economic Development Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Tax Law Economic Development Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Project Finance Law Economic Development Law Public Finance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Denver, Colorado
  • Practice Areas:
    Land Use and Zoning Law Economic Development Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Dayton, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Economic Development Law Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Montgomery, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Nonprofit / Charities Law Tax Law Economic Development Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate Law Economic Development Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    Greenville, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Economic Development Law Public Finance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Municipal Law Economic Development Law Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law Land Use and Zoning Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Economic Development Law Gaming Law Project Finance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Securitization and Structured Finance Law Economic Development Law Commercial Finance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1999
  • Location:
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Practice Areas:
    Economic Development Law Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Economic Development Law
Lawyer
Dean A. Spina was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Dean A. Spina

Bradley & Riley PC
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Iowa City, Iowa Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Practice Areas:
    Public Finance Law Economic Development Law
Lawyer
Hans Steck was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Hans Steck

Dentons Bingham Greenebaum
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Practice Areas:
    Public Finance Law Economic Development Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Charleston, West Virginia
  • Practice Areas:
    Public Finance Law Government Relations Practice Securitization and Structured Finance Law Project Finance Law Municipal Law Economic Development Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2001
  • Location:
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Practice Areas:
    Economic Development Law Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2003
  • Location:
    Nashville, Tennessee
  • Practice Areas:
    Economic Development Law Real Estate Law Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) Corporate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2007
  • Location:
    Jackson, Mississippi
  • Practice Areas:
    Derivatives and Futures Law Banking and Finance Law Commercial Transactions / UCC Law Real Estate Law Commercial Finance Law Corporate Governance Law Mergers and Acquisitions Law Corporate Law Corporate Compliance Law Project Finance Law Economic Development Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 1999
  • Location:
    Columbia, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Economic Development Law Government Relations Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Atlanta, Georgia
  • Practice Areas:
    Economic Development Law Public Finance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Florence, South Carolina
  • Practice Areas:
    Economic Development Law

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Practice Area Definition

Economic Development Law Definition

Economic Development Law is a multidisciplinary approach that leverages experience from several practice areas including real estate, tax, environmental, government relations, and construction. Attorneys representing companies in the economic development arena help businesses find the best location among the communities vying for their projects and assist those businesses secure and document economic incentives for job creation and capital investment. Attorneys representing governmental agencies assist their clients in structuring incentive packages and complying with public reporting, open meetings, and other governmental laws in this pursuit. Attorneys must have a thorough knowledge of the complex economic incentives available, which may include Payment in Lieu of Tax (PILOT) agreements, tax abatements, capital credit agreements, tax increment financing, tax-sharing agreements, and grants of all types. Real estate law frequently comes in to play for economic development attorneys as they facilitate large land assemblies for industrial parks, develop mega-site programs, and handle all aspects of permitting, entitlements, annexation, and land use.

From helping businesses and communities draft and respond to request for proposals, site selection to ground breaking and completion, economic development law encompasses incentives, public finance, site acquisition, insuring the provision of adequate utilities to sites, project construction, off-site improvements, equipment acquisition, and effective collaboration with local and state agencies.

The availability of financial incentives to help persuade decisions regarding choice of location and capital investments plays an integral part of successful economic development efforts. Each community will develop and offer a variety of financial incentives designed to support their growth objectives. These incentives can be financial or non-financial in nature and may include tax credits, infrastructure improvements, and work force training to name a few. Communities frequently incorporate performance-based measurements to ensure that their economic incentive investment results in the expected creation of new jobs and wages. 
Economic Development Law is a multidisciplinary approach that leverages experience from several practice areas including real estate, tax, environmental, government relations, and construction. Attorneys representing companies in the economic development arena help businesses find the best location among the communities vying for their projects and assist those businesses secure and document economic incentives for job creation and capital investment. Attorneys representing governmental agencies assist their clients in structuring incentive packages and complying with public reporting, open meetings, and other governmental laws in this pursuit. Attorneys must have a thorough knowledge of the complex economic incentives available, which may include Payment in Lieu of Tax (PILOT) agreements, tax abatements, capital credit agreements, tax increment financing, tax-sharing agreements, and grants of all types. Real estate law frequently comes in to play for economic development attorneys as they facilitate large land assemblies for industrial parks, develop mega-site programs, and handle all aspects of permitting, entitlements, annexation, and land use.

From helping businesses and communities draft and respond to request for proposals, site selection to ground breaking and completion, economic development law encompasses incentives, public finance, site acquisition, insuring the provision of adequate utilities to sites, project construction, off-site improvements, equipment acquisition, and effective collaboration with local and state agencies.

The availability of financial incentives to help persuade decisions regarding choice of location and capital investments plays an integral part of successful economic development efforts. Each community will develop and offer a variety of financial incentives designed to support their growth objectives. These incentives can be financial or non-financial in nature and may include tax credits, infrastructure improvements, and work force training to name a few. Communities frequently incorporate performance-based measurements to ensure that their economic incentive investment results in the expected creation of new jobs and wages.