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Overview

Rebecca’s background in education and urban nonprofit development informs her transactional real estate law practice, which helps cities grow and improve.

A strong and highly responsive communicator dedicated to client service, Rebecca values opportunities to help build projects in underserved communities, preserve historic structures and provide low-income housing – endeavors that change the landscape for an area and its citizens.

Rebecca represents operating companies, investors, developers and lenders in a broad range of real estate and financial transactions. Clients benefit from her significant experience in tax-advantaged real estate development work, as she guides them through complex New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) transactions and counsels them in the emerging field of Opportunity Zones. 

She represents developers and national commercial banks in construction financing projects, including those utilizing tax increment financing (TIF), Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC), PACE financing, historic tax credits (HTC) or other governmental incentives. She also advises on the acquisition and disposition of low-income housing, senior housing and office and retail properties.

The complexity of Rebecca’s deals calls on her creativity as she moves past seemingly intractable barriers to project success to solutions that work for every stakeholder.
 


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Recognition

  • The Best Lawyers in America©, Real Estate Law, 2020-2021; Community Association Law, 2021
  • BizTimes Milwaukee, Notable Women in Law, 2020
  • Wisconsin Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2016-2019
  • Milwaukee Business Journal, 40 Under 40 Class of 2015
  • Wisconsin Commercial Real Estate Women Emerging Leader Aspire Award, 2014
  • Chambers USA, Real Estate, 2013-2014
  • Marquette University Law School, St. Thomas More Full Tuition Scholarship

Education

  • J.D., Marquette University Law School
    • magna cum laude
      • CALI Excellence for the Future Award, Contract Law, Trust and Estates, Negotiations, Trial Advocacy
      • Marquette Law Review, Note and Comment Editor
  • M.Ed., Framingham State College
  • B.A., Kalamazoo College
    • Anthropology
    • magna cum laude
      • Phi Beta Kappa

Admissions

  • Wisconsin

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • Commercial Association of Realtors, Wisconsin
  • NAIOP Wisconsin
Experience
  • Represented Community Development Entities in placement of more than $120 million in NMTC allocation into qualified development projects in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois.
  • Represented national commercial bank in financing more than $250 million in construction loans to projects in Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana, Colorado, Michigan and Illinois.
  • Represented national real estate lending, investing and advising company in acquisition of more than $40 million in Low Income Housing Tax Credit projects throughout the state of Wisconsin.
  • Represented developer in financing and development of three affordable housing projects using combination of LIHTC, HOME funds from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Affordable Housing Program funds from Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago and Brownfield funds from Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.
  • Represented national commercial bank in divestiture of REO portfolio including more than 40 properties located in the state of Wisconsin.
Alerts | October 22, 2018
Five Key Insights From the Opportunity Zone Guidance

On October 19, the U.S. Treasury issued guidance regarding the Opportunity Zones program. 

Speaking Engagements | December 4, 2019
Panelist, Wisconsin Policy Forum
Seminars | March 7, 2019
Milwaukee Construction Academy 2019
Speaking Engagements | January 25, 2019
Panelist, Opportunity Zone Expo
Media Mentions | October 2020
Best Lawyers® 2021: The Midwest Issue
News Releases | November 11, 2019
26 Husch Blackwell Attorneys Named to 2019 Wisconsin Super Lawyers/Rising Stars

The firm has 17 attorneys named to the Super Lawyers list and nine attorneys named to the Rising Stars list.

News Releases | August 15, 2019
Husch Blackwell Places 143 Lawyers in 2020 BL Rankings' Best Lawyers in America®

The firm has eight "Lawyers of the Year" and 11 attorneys appearing on the list for the first time.

Media Mentions | February 2019
Governing: In the Zone
Media Mentions | November 28, 2018
REJournals: The legal loopholes of Opportunity Zones
News Releases | November 13, 2018
32 Husch Blackwell Attorneys Named to 2018 Wisconsin Super Lawyers/Rising Stars

Husch Blackwell has 32 attorneys named to the 2018 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

Media Mentions | November 09, 2018
Bloomberg Law News: Opportunity Fund Rules Set Up Capital Gains Cash Trap (log-in required)

Rebecca Mitich discusses how banks might look at opportunity funds in this Bloomberg Law article.

Media Mentions | October 10, 2018
The Missouri Bar: MoveMakers & NewsMakers 10/12/18

The Missouri Bar covers the firm's Opportunity Zones practice.

News Releases | October 04, 2018
New Husch Blackwell Practice Group Focuses on Opportunity Zones

New practice group brings a multidisciplinary approach to assisting clients who wish to invest in the federal Opportunity Zones program.

Media Mentions | September 2018
InBusiness Madison: Breathing new life into Madison's most distressed areas

Thanks to a new economic development tool created under the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Greater Madison could soon see some changes to some of the region’s most economically challenged areas.

Community Leadership

One of the reasons Rebecca became a lawyer was to become a community leader and help improve the city of Milwaukee.

When Rebecca worked for a nonprofit organization before she earned her law degree, she noticed that many of the board members were attorneys. Today, she sees her community engagement as part of her job, not separate from it. The organizations with which she works are invested in improving Milwaukee for all its citizens.

  • Milwaukee Economic Development Corporation, Member, Loan Committee
  • Northwest Side Community Development Corporation (NWSCDC), Former Member and President, Board of Directors; Current CDFI Committee Member
  • Urban Ecology Center, Board of Directors; Resource Development Committee, Co-chair
Community Development Financing

Rebecca brings formidable knowledge and experience to representing both lenders and developers on real estate construction projects that take advantage of governmental incentives such as New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC), low-income housing tax credits (LIHTC), Brownfield grants, PACE financing and tax-increment financing (TIF).  

These are often highly leveraged developments that rely on tax or other governmental incentives to fill out their capital stack. Clients value her understanding of how various real estate financing tools work together and her ability to simplify complex structures into clear, understandable risks and benefits. 

Rebecca is also on the forefront of the emerging field of Opportunity Zones (OZ), currently advising developers, municipalities and community development entities on how to attract and use Opportunity Zones capital to bring their projects to fruition, and advising investors and real estate fund managers on how they can benefit from the new incentive. 

Rebecca has been a guest speaker at national conferences on Opportunity Zones and currently serves as Co-Chair of the Firm’s Opportunity Zones Practice Group.
 

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