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CWM attorneys, Delphine Carnes and Harriet Reynolds close on transaction to restore historic Masonic Theatre

Posted on April 2, 2015
Posted in Transactions

On April 2, 2015, CWM attorneys, Delphine Carnes and Harriet Reynolds, closed on a transaction to fund the restoration of the historic Masonic Theatre in Clifton Forge, Virginia.  CWM represented Virginia Community Capital, the bridge lender in this complex transaction which combined a variety of funding sources, including New Markets Tax Credits, state and federal historic rehabilitation tax credits, an Enterprise Zone Grant, grant funds from The Alleghany Foundation, and private contributions to finance the $11 million restoration of the 1905 landmark entertainment venue.  In its heyday, the Masonic Theatre hosted operas, vaudeville shows, movies and concerts and featured world famous performers including Roy Rogers, Gene Autry and Count Basie and his jazz orchestra.  The restored theatre is anticipated to spur downtown revitalization, offer a variety of cultural programming and bring new employment opportunities to a rural community that has experienced a significant economic downturn in recent years.  The theatre complex will include a 554-seat auditorium, a second stage for smaller productions, dressing rooms, office space, a catering kitchen, community meeting rooms and a small museum.…

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Tidewater Community College recognizes Stephanie Hunter for service on Legal Advisory Committee

Posted on February 20, 2015
Posted in Community News

The firm is proud to recognize Stephanie Hunter, Litigation Paralegal, for her contributions to Tidewater Community College for serving as a Program Advisor on the Legal Advisory Committee. Stephanie has served as an advisor for four years which includes assisting in curriculum development for the paralegal degree program, and mentoring students and future paralegals on interview techniques and job etiquette. Tidewater Community College will recognize the contributions of its business and industry advisors at a breakfast on February 20, 2015 at the TCC Chesapeake Student Center.…

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CWM attorneys represent Franklin Redevelopment and Housing Authority in rehabilitation of three communities

Posted on February 3, 2015
Posted in Transactions

Delphine Carnes and Harriet Reynolds recently represented Franklin Redevelopment and Housing Authority (“FRHA”) in the rehabilitation of three of its communities, Berkley Court Apartments (“Berkley”), Pretlow Gardens (“Pretlow”) and Old Town Apartments (“Old Town”).  This project involved using Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (“LIHTCs”) in conjunction with the Rental Assistance Demonstration (“RAD”) to successfully renovate and convert the existing public housing units in these communities to long-term, project-based Section 8 contracts.  Two of the three sites, Pretlow and Old Town, were combined into one single LIHTC and RAD transaction. These two complex transactions (Berkley and Pretlow/Old Town) utilized a variety of financial resources including 9% LIHTC equity, conventional loans, HOME funds, seller financing and public housing capital funds.  The use of RAD and LIHTC facilitated the successful renovation of FRHA’s housing communities and also allowed FRHA to establish a funding resource to address its long-term capital needs.  Crenshaw, Ware & Martin is one of the only firms in Virginia that has extensive first-hand experience in implementing the relatively new RAD program to assist public housing authorities in providing their residents with affordable, high quality housing.…

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Crenshaw, Ware & Martin attorneys appointed to new board positions.

Posted on January 1, 2015

Elaine Inman Hogan has been appointed to the 2015 Board of Directors for the Hampton Roads Society for Human Resource Management.  She will serve on the board as the Director of Legal Affairs.  Ms. Hogan chairs the Employment Law Practice Group at Crenshaw, Ware & Martin, P.L.C. She represents employers and management in a wide range of employment law matters and is the author of the Virginia Employer Law blog. Amy McClure has been appointed to the 2015 Board of Directors for the Hampton Roads Green Building Council, a chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council.  The Council serves the greater Hampton Roads area to advance sustainable planning, design, construction and operations.  Ms. McClure is a member of the Construction Law Practice Group at Crenshaw, Ware & Martin, P.L.C., where she represents owners, contractors and subcontractors on a variety of construction projects.…

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Delphine Carnes Speaks at 2014 VAHCDO Legal Seminar

Posted on December 5, 2014

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. Click here to view presentation >…

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Attorneys Named to Virginia Business Magazine’s 2014 ‘Legal Elite’

Posted on December 1, 2014

Crenshaw, Ware & Martin is pleased to announce that the following attorneys have been named among the "Legal Elite" for 2014 by Virginia Business Magazine: James L. Chapman, IV - Civil Litigation Donald C. Schultz - Bankruptcy/Creditors' Rights W. Ryan Snow - Civil Litigation…

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Steven M. Stancliff Named Chair of the Firm’s Admiralty & Maritime Practice Group

Posted on November 14, 2014

Mr. Stancliff joined the firm in 2007 following a distinguished career in the United States Coast Guard, retiring at the rank of Commander.  "Steve's background and expertise make him ideally qualified to head the firm's Admiralty & Maritime Practice Group," said Jim Chapman, chair of the firm's Litigation Department.  The firm's Admiralty & Maritime Law practice has been recognized with a Tier 1 Metropolitan Ranking in the 2014 and 2014 listing of "Best Law Firms" by U.S. News and Best Lawyers. Click here to read press release >…

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Firm Receives Tier 1 Ranking for the 2015 Listing of Best Law Firms

Posted on November 3, 2014

Crenshaw, Ware & Martin received a Tier 1 Metropolitan Ranking for the 2015 listing of "Best Law Firms" by U.S. News and Best Lawyers in three practice areas:  Admiralty & Maritime Law, Eminent Domain Law and Project Finance. The firm also received a Tier 2 Ranking in Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights, Bankruptcy Litigation, Public Finance Law and Real Estate Law and a Tier 3 Ranking in Commercial Litigation.  Crenshaw, Ware & Martin is a multi-disciplined business law firm that represents clients ranging from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies and government agencies.  It celebrated its 90th anniversary in 2013.…

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Tidewater Council, Boy Scouts of America held its annual Colgate W. Darden, Jr. Gala Benefit Auction

Posted on November 2, 2014
Posted in Community News

On Saturday, November 1st, the Tidewater Council, Boy Scouts of America held its annual Colgate W. Darden, Jr. Gala Benefit Auction at The Westin Virginia Beach Town Center. The event honored John F. Reinhart, CEO/Executive Director of The Port of Virginia for his service to the community.   Chaired by Don Schultz, a partner with the firm, the event raised money to support the Tidewater Council which provides services to over 7,000 youth throughout Hampton Roads and northeastern North Carolina.…

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Crenshaw, Ware & Martin Receives Tier 2 Ranking by U.S. News and Best Lawyers

Posted on November 1, 2014

Crenshaw, Ware & Martin received a Tier 2 Metropolitan Ranking for the 2015 listing of  "Best Law Firms" by U.S. News and Best Lawyers Bankruptcy & Creditors Rights Law and Bankruptcy Litigation.…

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