James O. Lang

James O. Lang

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James O. Lang focuses his tax and corporate project finance practice on tax credit incentive programs and related state and federal incentive programs.  Jim represents investors, lenders, community development entities, and for-profit and not-for-profit projects in complex transactions where capital stacks require enhancement through incentive financing, including state and federal new markets tax credits, affordable housing and low-income housing tax credits, historic rehabilitation tax credits, renewable energy tax credits, and film and entertainment tax credits. He works with investors, lenders, project sponsors, and qualifying businesses to structure these tax credit programs along with ancillary governmental and non-governmental financing programs, including inbound immigration and Visa investment programs, grants, and taxable and tax exempt bonds. Jim works with clients on developing creative structures designed to increase benefits and ameliorate risks.

Concentrations

  • Tax credit incentive programs
  • New Markets Tax Credit Program
  • Qualified Opportunity Zones
  • Immigration and visa investment programs
  • Tax exempt organization finance
  • Real estate development
  • Operating business expansion
  • Affordable housing
  • Public finance
  • Project finance
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Capabilities

Experience

  • Tax and corporate counsel for Florida New Markets Tax Credits Alliance°
  • Tax credit investment counsel for community banks (historic rehabilitation, renewable energy, and new markets tax credits)°
  • Tax opinion counsel for affordable housing project development
  • Tax credit investment counsel for an insurance company
  • Incentive and tax credits counsel to a repatriated commercial air conditioning company°
  • Tax credits counsel for a national healthy foods alternative meat producer°
  • New markets tax credits counsel for rebuilding a federally qualified health center in Northwest Florida°
  • New markets tax credits counsel for a Central Florida minority-owned high technology company headquarters development°
  • Development of a headquarters facility for one of Florida’s largest home insurance companies°
  • Historic and new markets tax credits counsel for a four-phase urban revitalization project in Tampa Heights, including innovative collaborative hub office space, healthy foods facility, and healthcare space°
  • Historic tax credits counsel for the rehabilitation of a historic marine industry facility
  • Special tax, new markets tax credits, and renewable energy investment tax credits counsel for a $175 million ethanol production plant°
  • Special tax and new markets counsel for a nationwide food processing and manufacturing company completing or structuring four federal new markets tax credits transactions and one renewable energy investment tax credits transaction°
  • Special tax and new markets tax credits counsel for expansion of a citrus packing facility utilizing Florida's new markets development program credits and federal new markets tax credits° 
  • Special tax and new markets tax credits counsel for the operating expansion of one of South Florida’s largest building supply firms°
  • Special tax and new markets tax credits counsel to a statewide network of hurricane emergency response building contractors and Florida’s largest home rehabilitation company°
  • Special tax and new markets co-counsel for expansion of a ship repair facility in the Port of Tampa utilizing Florida new markets development program credits°
  • Special tax and new markets co-counsel for expansion and improvement to one of Florida’s leading sports arenas utilizing Florida new markets development program credits°
  • Special tax and new markets counsel to a widely recognized charitable organization in its rehabilitation of an early childhood center utilizing both federal new markets tax credits and Florida new markets development program credits°
  • Special tax and new markets counsel to several cultural centers in their capital expansions and strengthening of operating funds through Florida new markets development program credits°
  • Incentive and project finance counsel for a $77 million aluminum manufacturing facility utilizing Florida and federal new markets tax credits°
  • Special tax, historic rehabilitation tax credits, and new markets counsel for a renovation of a historic office building complex for modern, revitalized economic use°
  • Special tax and new markets tax credits counsel for a $13.5 million healthcare and healthy foods retail plaza°
  • Special tax and new markets tax credits counsel for a catalytic $18 million market and gathering hall with healthy food choices, support of local entrepreneurial efforts, and significant job creation°
  • State tax credit council to approximately $20 million not-for-profit elder and child care facility°

°The above representations were handled by Mr. Lang prior to his joining Greenberg Traurig.

Recognition & Leadership

  • Team Member, a Law360 "Florida Powerhouse," 2018 
  • Selected, ABA “On the Rise – Top 40 Young Lawyers,” 2018
  • Chair, Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation, International Committee 
  • Member, Board of Directors, Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Lead Advisor, Florida New Markets Tax Credits Alliance Legislative Action Committee
  • Chairman, Legislative Drafting Committee for a Revised Florida New Markets Development Program Act, Florida New Markets Tax Credits Alliance
  • Member, Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • Advisor, Sunshine State Low-Income Community Advocacy Coalition, Inc.
  • Advisor, The Black Farmers Rural Funding Initiative, Inc.
  • Advisor, The Young Men’s Christian Association of Greater St. Petersburg, Florida
  • Member, University Club of Tampa
  • Member, Florida Blue Key
  • Member, Kiwanis Club, Tampa
  • Alumnus, Florida Alpha Omega Chapter of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity, University of Florida

Credentials

Education
  • J.D., Florida State University College of Law
  • B.A., University of Florida
  • LL.M., University of Florida
Admissions
  • Florida
  • New York