Kenneth M. Neighbors

Kenneth M. Neighbors

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Kenneth M. Neighbors focuses his practice primarily in the area of public finance, providing legal advice in support of public-private partnerships, governmental financing and economic development initiatives ranging from transportation and integrated transit projects, tax allocation district formation and financing, mixed-use, commercial, retail and multi-family real estate financings, to 501(c)(3), community land trust, affordable housing, and other tax-exempt bond financings. Ken’s work also focuses on the implementation of federal, state and city supported economic development programs and initiatives. Ken also provides business and legal advice in connection with the acquisition, sale and management of real estate holdings, and provides general representation in connection with corporate matters and corporate and venture capital financing transactions.

Prior to his practice as a lawyer, Ken served as a merchant and investment banker, and as a senior officer of an investment firm focusing on the Emerging Domestic Marketplace (EDM).

Concentrations

  • Public-private partnerships
  • Community redevelopment
  • Mixed-use, commercial, retail and multi-family real estate finance
  • Corporate
  • Municipal finance
  • Real estate development
  • Venture capital
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Capabilities

Experience

 
  • Acted as lead and local counsel in connection with the negotiation, structuring, implementation and financing of various transportation and integrated transit public-private partnerships (toll road, light rail and multi-modal projects), and regionally significant Base Realignment and Closure Act and Brownfield projects.
  • Participated in the formation and/or implementation of 11 tax allocation (TIF) districts in Georgia, including state and local legislative drafting, policy formulation, community and public official presentations and briefings, and research, analysis and resolution of complex legal issue.
  • Acted as special counsel to the City of Atlanta in connection with the structuring, negotiating and implementing of a public-private partnership between two private developers and a not for profit affiliate of the city to acquire and develop a significant component of a planned 22-mile loop of parks, pedestrian/bike trails and transit connecting more than 40 neighborhoods in both upscale and neglected parts of the city commonly known as the "Atlanta BeltLine" project.
  • Acted as principal drafter of a new markets tax credit allocation application for a public-private partnership entity which received an allocation of $60 million.
  • Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) (inactive)
  • Former General Counsel, The Atlanta Development Authority
  • Special Assistant Attorney General, State of Georgia Department of Law (assignments included OneGeorgia Authority, Board of Regents, Georgia Department of Transportation and Department of Economic Development)

Recognition & Leadership

  • Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Georgia Super Lawyers, 2013-2017
  • Named, Client Service All-Star, BTI Client Service All-Stars Report, 2015
  • Listed, Georgia Trend magazine, "Legal Elite," 2008-2010, 2012-2014 and 2016-2017
  • Profiled, Who's Who in Black Atlanta, 13th Edition, 2011
  • Board Member, Boy Scouts of America, Atlanta Area Council, Board of Directors, November 2014-Present
    • General Counsel, Executive Committee, November 2016-Present
    • Chair, Validation Committee
    • Member, Board Development Committee
  • Founding Volunteer and Participant, Centennial Place Elementary School Annual Justice Project/Mock Trial Program, 2000-Present
  • Board Member, FAMU Foundation, Inc., Board of Directors, January 2016-Present
  • Member, Families First, Inc., 2010-Present
    • Executive Committee, 2011-2015
    • Board Chair, 2013-2014
    • Board Member, 2010-2013
  • Member, Atlanta Legal Diversity Consortium, Inc., 2008-2011
    • Vice President, 2010-2011
    • Board Member, 2008-2010
  • Member, The Historic District Development Corporation
    • Chair, 2005-2006
    • Board Member, 2003-2006
    • Vice Chair, 2004
  • Vice Chair, The Atlanta Urban Design Commission, 2005-2006
  • Graduate, NASBIC/NVCA Venture Capital Institute, 22nd Annual
  • Member, National Association of Bond Lawyers
  • Member, State Bar of Georgia
  • Member, The Florida Bar
  • Pro Bono Legal Counsel, Atlanta-Based Community Land Trust, Affordable and Workforce Housing Subcommittee

Credentials

Education
  • J.D., Emory University School of Law, 1995
  • B.S., summa cum laude, Florida A&M University, 1988
Admissions
  • Florida
  • Georgia