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Martye Kendrick is a highly accomplished attorney, with deep experience in handling matters relating to tax-exempt bond financings, commercial real estate transactions, structured finance, and tax.

Known for being both thoughtful and decisive, she takes a collaborative and consultive approach with her clients and helps them to make sound decisions to drive their business forward. As a strategic advisor, she cultivates and nurtures relationships with clients, peers, and partners in both the public and private sectors.

Martye was previously recruited to lead and drive growth for the public finance and real estate practices at Sara Leon & Associates. A committed public advocate, she advises school districts, municipalities, and other public entities on their tax-exempt and taxable bond financings, real estate matters and special projects. Her areas of concentration are public finance (bond counsel, underwriter’s counsel, disclosure counsel) and real estate (acquisitions and dispositions, rights-of-way, easements, and special projects). With her experience in tax law, she also has served as tax counsel to issuers to opine on the tax-exempt status of their bond financings.

Prior to joining SLA Martye was responsible for the real estate practice at a boutique public law firm in Houston. In this role she focused on corporate and real estate lending, advising pubic-public partnerships and private developers on financing strategy, capital risk mitigation, and deal structure. Her earlier experience in commercial real estate included roles as an associate attorney with a Denver based firm, in which she handled matters ranging in scope from mortgage-backed securitized loan transactions to land acquisitions/dispositions and commercial lease negotiations.

Martye helps clients navigate complex real estate issues and many public entities trust her wide-ranging knowledge in real estate and public finance. Since 2013, Martye has served on the City of Houston Water Adjustment Board. Additionally, Martye serves on the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority Board.

Concentrations

  • Public finance
  • Public law
  • Real estate
  • Real estate finance
  • Tax

Capabilities

Experience

Bond Counsel

  • $1,960,000 Woodville ISD LTX Ref Bonds, Series 2021°
  • $5,915,000 Kerens ISD U/L Tax Ref Bonds, Series 2021°
  • $9,280,000 Calvert ISD U/L Tax Sch Bldg, Series 2021°
  • $13,400,000 Lago Vista ISD U/L Tax Ref Bonds, Series 2021°
  • $1,000,000 Baird Time Warrant, Series 2021°
  • $476,000 Baird ISD Maintenance Tax Note, Series 2021°
  • $12,825,000 Rotan ISD U/L Tax Sch Bldg Bonds, Series 2021°
  • $44,330,000 Lago Vista ISD U/L Tax Sch Bldg Bonds, Series 2021°
  • $5,000,000 Latexo ISD U/L Tax Sch Bldg Bonds, Series 2021°
  • $9,940,000 Roby CISD U/L Tax Sch Bldg Bonds, Series 2021°
  • $2,370,000 Sealy ISD U/L Tax Ref Bonds, Series 2020°
  • $29,655,000 Crockett County U/L Tax Sch Bldg Bonds, Series 2020°
  • $3,055,000 Lometa ISD U/L Tax Ref Bonds, Series 2020°
  • $139,515,000 Barbers Hill ISD U/L Sch Bldg Bonds, Series 2020°
  • $8,785,000 Sabine Pass ISD U/L Tax Sch Bldg Bonds, Series 2020°
  • $6,015,000 Skidmore-Tynan ISD U/L Tax Ref Bonds, Series 2020°
  • $2,210,000 Nixon-Smiley CISD U/L Tax Ref Bonds, Series 2020°
  • $3,440,000 Crane ISD U/L Tax Ref Bonds, Series 2020°
  • $1,185,000 Priddy ISD U/L Tax Sch Bldg Bonds, Series 2019°
  • $7,020,000 Chillicothe ISD U/L Tax Sch Bldg Bonds, Series 2019°
  • $1,852,000 Crockett Co Cons CSD U/L Ref Bonds, Series 2019°
  • $9,715,000 Culberson County-Allamoore ISD U/L Tax Sch Bldg Bonds, Series 2019°
  • $2,680,000 Culberson County-Allamoore ISD U/L Tax Ref Bonds, Series 2019°
  • $2,146,000 Dublin ISD Maintenance Tax Note, Series 2019°
  • $1,539,000 Warren ISD Maintenance Tax Note, Series 2019°
  • $13,050,000 Flatonia ISD U/L Tax Sch Bldg Bonds, Series 2019°
  • $19,800,000 Forney ISD U/L Tax Sch Bldg Bonds, Series 2019°
  • $5,745,000 Dawson ISD U/L Tax Sch Bldg Bonds, Series 2018°
  • $35,758,029 Forney ISD U/L Tax Sch Bldg & Ref Bonds, Series 2018°
  • $6,180,000 Frost ISD U/L Tax Sch Bldg Bonds, Series 2018°
  • $3,975,000 Hawkins ISD U/L Tax Sch Bldg Bonds, Series 2018°
  • $73,270,000 Leander ISD U/L Tax Sch Bldg Bonds, Series 2018A°
  • $10,090,000 Mart ISD U/L Tax Sch Bldg & Ref Bonds, Series 2018°
  • $47,445,000 Navasota ISD U/L Tax Sch Bldg Bonds, Series 2018°
  • $1,020,000 Simms ISD U/L Tax Ref Bonds, Series 2018°
  • $635,000 Damon ISD Maintenance Tax Note, Series 2017°
  • $7,560,000 Fayetteville ISD U/L Tax Sch Bldg Bonds, Series 2017°
  • $41,103,183 Forney ISD U/L Tax Ref Bonds, Series 2017°
  • $53,725,000 Leander ISD U/L Ref Bonds, Series 2017A°
  • $6,120,000 Navasota ISD U/L Tax Ref Bonds, Series 2017A°
  • $3,040,000 Navasota ISD U/L Tax Sch Bldg Bonds, Series 2017B°
  • $2,830,000 Warren ISD Maintenance Tax Note, Series 2017°
  • $1,361,000 Olney Hamilton Hospital District Rev Bonds Series, 2016°

Underwriter’s Counsel

  • $3,720,000 Crowell ISD U/L Tax Sch Bldg Bonds, Series 2021°
  • $2,914,630 Sam Rayburn ISD U/L Tax Ref Bonds, Series 2021°
  • $3,440,000 Water Valley ISD U/L Tax Sch Bldg & REF Bonds, Series 2021°
  • $5,325,000 Statford ISD U/L Tax Ref Bonds, Series 2020°
  • $5,500,000 Aspermount ISD U/L Tax Ref Bonds, Series 2020°
  • $10,145,000 Borden County ISD U/L Tax Ref Bonds, Series 2020°
  • $4,885,000 Hallettsville ISD U/L Tax Ref Bonds, Series 2020°
  • $4,835,000 Atlanta ISD U/L Tax Ref Bonds, Series 2020°
  • $12,775,000 Snyder ISD U/L Tax Ref Bonds, Series 2020°
  • $5,888,000 Water Valley U/L Tax Sch Bldg Bonds, Series 2020°
  • $8,700,000 Sierra Blanca ISD U/L Tax Sch Bldg Bonds, Series 2020°
  • $3,560,000 City of Mathis C/O Series 2020°
  • $61,000,000 Tatum ISD U/L Tax Refunding Bonds, Series 2019°
  • $49,170,000 Wink Loving ISD U/L Tax Sch Bldg Bonds, Series 2019°

In addition to the representations listed above, Ms. Kendrick has represented various municipal utility districts, cities and counties as bond counsel, co-bond counsel, co-disclosure counsel, co-underwriter’ counsel and special tax counsel on transactions totaling over 2.2 billion in par amount.

°The above representations were handled by Ms. Kendrick prior to her joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

  • Special Project - NABL Disaster Relief Comment Project – Letter to IRS regarding Rev. Proc. 2018-58
  • Special Project-Special Committee, Harris County-Houston Sports Authority Debt Restructuring Plan, 2020
  • Special Project – NABL Tax Committee Comment Project on User Fees for Private Letter Rulings, 2018
  • Special Project, City of Houston High Speed Rail – Right-of-Way Research Project, 2017-2019
  • Special Project Team, City of Houston Initiative to Attract P3 Projects (Film Industry), 2017
  • Intern, International Tax/State and Local Tax, PricewaterhouseCoopers, 2010
  • Intern, International Real Estate/Special Projects, The Nature Conservancy (District of Columbia and St. Croix), 2005

Recognition & Leadership

  • NABL Member Spotlight, 2021
  • West Houston Association Rising Leader (Class 1), 2016
  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America, 2008
  • 2023 NCAA Final Four Host Committee, 2021-2023
  • Board Member, Position 2, City of Houston Water Adjustment Board, 2013-Present
  • Board of Directors, Harris County-Houston Sports Authority, 2018-2023
  • Member, State Bar of Texas, 2005-Present
  • Member, State Bar of Colorado, 2011-Present
  • Member, National Association of Bond Lawyers, 2012-Present
  • Member, Women in Public Finance, 2018-Present

Credentials

Education
  • LL.M., Taxation, University of Denver Sturm College of Law
  • J.D., Howard University School of Law
  • B.A., with honors, Trinity College
Admissions
  • Texas
  • Colorado
  • U.S. Tax Court