Public Sector Law
CWM has a long tradition of offering legal services to political subdivisions and other governmental entities of the Commonwealth of Virginia. For over sixty years, the firm has served as general counsel to the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority, one of the leading redevelopment and housing authorities in the nation. The firm also represents numerous other housing and special purpose authorities, including Chesapeake Redevelopment and Housing Authority, Franklin Redevelopment & Housing Authority and Suffolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority, as well as cities, towns and counties throughout the Commonwealth.
The firm is an active advisor to the leadership of the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority and was involved in most of its pioneering efforts. Examples include: drafting and assisting in securing the passage of the Virginia Housing Authorities Law; lobbying in the General Assembly of Virginia to prevent crippling amendments to various laws affecting redevelopment and housing throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia; negotiating with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for various loans and grants; assisting in the drafting and adoption of over 40 redevelopment and conservation plans, including the first redevelopment project in the United States; conducting litigation in local and federal courts as required to implement or defend the progress of the Authority, including a successful appeal to the United States Supreme Court of a case interpreting the Federal Property Acquisition and Relocation Benefits Act of 1972.
Our lawyers provide advice on matters relating to the governance and administration of public agencies, the procurement of goods and services by public bodies and the interpretation and application of statutes such as the State and Local Government Conflict of Interests Act, the Virginia Freedom of Information Act and the Virginia Public Procurement Act.
The Public Sector Law Group advises and assists in various modes of land acquisition and disposition involving voluntary conveyances, as well as acquisition of property through the power of eminent domain. The lawyers provide advice and assistance in the development of single purpose commercial structures as well as multiple use retail or commercial centers, in addition to providing advice on financing mechanisms, whether taxable or tax exempt, including low income housing tax credits and New Markets Tax Credits.
We assist in personnel issues and the administration of employee grievance procedures applicable to governmental bodies and represent clients in litigation relating to condemnations, evictions, construction law and employment matters.
- Commercial Contracts
- Community Centers
- Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program
- Construction and Management of Housing Units
- Conventional Public Housing Development
- Disposition, Demolition and Development Approval Process
- Elderly Housing Development
- Eminent Domain/Condemnations
- Employee Grievance Procedures
- Fair Housing Issues
- Federal and State Tax
- FHA-Insured Financing
- HOME Program
- HUD Regulatory Issues
- Management Concerns of Housing Providers
- Mixed-Use Developments
- Organization and Governance of PHA Affiliates
- Payment-in-Lieu-of-Taxes (PILOT) Structures
- Public Housing Agencies (PHA) Administration
- Procurement Issues and Bid Protests
- Project Based Vouchers
- Public Housing Assessment Management
- Public Housing Regulatory Issues
- Public-Private Partnerships
- Real Estate Development and Financing
- Section 8 Program (Housing Choice Vouchers)
- State and Local Government Conflict of Interests Act
- Sustainable Development
- Sustainable Mixed-Income Communities
- Uniform Relocation Act Requirements
- Virginia Freedom of Information Act
- Voluntary Conveyances
- Zoning and Land Use
Lenders and Financial Institutions
Local and State Agencies/Government Entities
Municipal and Quasi-Municipal Organizations
Public Housing Agencies
Redevelopment and Housing Authorities
Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC)
Mixed-Finance Public Housing Developments
Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP)
New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC)
Public Housing Capital Fund Financing Program (CFFP)
Public Housing Capital Funds (including Replacement Housing Factor Funds) Program
Revolving Loans Fund
Tax Increment Financing (TIF)
Delphine Carnes, presenter, “Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) Exit Strategies – Planning for a Smooth Transition”, 2017 Virginia Association of Housing and Community Development Officials (“VAHCDO”) Annual Conference, Richmond, Virginia (April 27, 2017) Click here to view presentation
Delphine Carnes was a presenter at the 2016 Legal Seminar at the Virginia Association of Housing and Community Development Officials (“VAHCDO”) held in Richmond, Virginia (December 2, 2016) Click here to view presentation
Delphine Carnes was a presenter at the 2015 Legal Seminar at the Virginia Association of Housing and Community Development Officials (“VAHCDO”) held in Richmond, Virginia (December 4, 2015) Click here to view presentation
Delphine Carnes, presenter, “HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration Program” webinar by Clear Law Institute (August 10, 2015) Click here to view presentation
Delphine Carnes presented, “Using Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) with RAD”, at the Leveraging Affordable Housing HUD Financing: RAD and Other Mixed-Finance Development Programs webinar by Strafford Publications (June 4, 2015) Click here to view
Delphine Carnes, Chair of the firm’s Project Finance Practice Group, presented “RAD Conversion and Rehabilitation using LIHTC: Key Considerations for PHAs”, at the Virginia Association of Housing and Community Development Officials (“VAHCDO”) 2014 legal Seminar held in Richmond, Virginia (December 5, 2014) Click here to view
Delphine Carnes, Presenter, “Legal Strategies for Effectively Implementing the Rental Assistance Demonstration Program, to Include Incorporation of Tax Credits; Project Based Vouchers; and Post-Conversion Concerns”, VAHCDO, Annual Legal Seminar (December 6, 2013) Click here to view
Donald C. Schultz, Presenter, “Eminent Domain Constitutional Amendment”, Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association (October 2, 2012)
Donald C. Schultz, Presenter, “Eminent Domain Constitutional Amendment”, HRACRE (August 9, 2012)
Donald C. Schultz, Presenter, “Eminent Domain & Constitutional Amendment in Virginia”, 2012 Update in the Law Seminar, Stewart Title Guaranty Company (July 10, 1012)
Delphine Carnes, Presenter, “Creative Leveraging to Create Mixed Use: East St. Louis Housing Authority’s Approach,” NAHRO 2011 National Conference & Exhibition (October 25, 2011)
Delphine Carnes, Presenter, “New Road for Public Housing Authorities,” 2008 Governor’s Housing Conference (November 13, 2008)
Delphine Carnes, Presenter, “Preserving Affordability,” VAAD Seminar (July 14, 2006)
U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers released the 2017 “Best Law Firms” rankings. CWM is proud to announce that the firm received a Tier 2 Metropolitan Ranking in Public Finance. Receiving the tier designations reflects a high level of respect the firm has earned within specific practice areas.
CWM received a Tier 2 Metropolitan Ranking for the 2016 listing of “Best Law Firms” by U.S. News and Best Lawyers Public Finance.
CWM received a Tier 2 Metropolitan Ranking for the 2015 listing of “Best Law Firms” by U.S. News and Best Lawyers in Public Finance.
U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers have released the 2014 “Best Law Firms” rankings. CWM is proud to announce that the firm received a Tier 2 Metropolitan Ranking in Public Finance.
U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers have released the 2013 “Best Law Firms” rankings, providing a comprehensive view of the U.S. legal profession. CWM is proud to announce that the firm received a Tier 2 Metropolitan Ranking in Municipal Law.