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Overview

Borrowers and lenders alike rely on Hal as a sounding board for complex tax advantaged transactions as well as debt and equity financing.

With 40 years of experience in transactions, Hal approaches each development deal from every angle and provides clients with business advice as well as legal options. He counsels them on potential zoning and real estate issues as well as their financing, tax and business concerns.

Clients turn to Hal for guidance on the spectrum of major tax credit programs – affordable, historic, energy, new markets, Opportunity Zones, TIF and PACE financing. He is particularly active in the development and redevelopment of residential, commercial and mixed-use projects, as well as thousands of residential and commercial condominium and rental units in urban and suburban settings.

Hal also is a frequent presenter on economic development and business topics. His recent speaking engagements have focused on the federal Opportunity Zones program.


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Recognition

  • The Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate Law, 2009-2020
  • Wisconsin Super Lawyers, 2010-2013
  • Chambers USA, Real Estate, 2008-2019
  • State's Electronic Recording Council, appointed by Governor Doyle, 2006-2010

Education

  • J.D., Northeastern University School of Law
  • B.A., Ohio State University

Admissions

  • Wisconsin
  • Massachusetts

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Wisconsin Bar Association
  • Milwaukee Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, past Chair of the Real Property Probate and Trust Section
Experience
  • Represented banks in all stages of securing and deploying millions in New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC) allocations for construction projects, including developments as diverse as a public library, a grocery store, residential lofts and equipment for a manufacturer.
  • Advised commercial real estate company on complex capital stack for office development, including tenants in common (TIC) interests and tax increment financing (TIF).
  • Represented community development entities, qualified active low-income businesses, senior lenders and tax credit investors in leverage and direct models of NMTC transactions.
  • Represented sponsors and lenders in LIHTC and HTC transactions.
  • Advised senior housing developers through the equity, siting, construction and financing process.
  • Represented developers in securitized financing pools, including opinions regarding non-consolidation.
  • Advised many banks on real estate and working capital credit facilities.
  • Advised Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) in implementing the State Small Business Credit Initiative in Wisconsin.
  • Represented a manufacturer of green technology building projects and a developer of waste-to-energy projects.
  • Developed golf courses with adjacent single-family lots and condominiums.
  • Handled construction lending for downtown Milwaukee high-rise office and residential buildings.
  • Developed downtown Milwaukee high-rise residential rental projects.
  • Developed vacant land mixed-use projects, primarily in Wisconsin and Illinois.
  • Developed thousands of residential and commercial condominium units in urban and suburban settings.
  • Handled purchase, sale and financing in transactions in multiple states, including 1031 exchange transactions, ground leases and public-component financing projects.
Outside the Office

Hal and his wife enjoy hiking, biking and paddling. They combine their hobbies with their travels to visit their children in Ohio, California and Israel.

Community Leadership
  • Mid-West Energy Research Consortium, Treasurer, Executive Committee
  • Northwest Side Community Development Corporation, Board of Directors