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University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, Memphis TN
Juris Doctor, May 2006
Union University, Jackson TN
Bachelor of Science, Accounting, May 2003
Licensed Attorney in the State of Tennessee
Licensed Attorney in the State of Mississippi
Approved Attorney for Chicago Title Insurance Company
Member of American Bar Association
Member of Tennessee Bar Association
Member of Memphis Bar Association
Member of Mississippi Bar Association
Member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers
• Represented Jackson, TN based company and affiliated entities with regard to the financing, development, leasing and ultimate sale of numerous industrial properties, the combined value of such transactions being in excess of $150m.
• Acted in various bond counsel roles in the representation of four different West Tennessee municipalities in their issuance of bond anticipation notes, capital outlay notes and general obligation bonds.
• Participated in the representation of an international entertainment company with regard to its real estate holdings and expansion plans in Memphis, TN.
• Provided estate planning services including tax planning and the preparation of wills, general powers of attorney and durable powers of attorney for healthcare.
• Represented national healthcare corporation in its acquisition of numerous separately owned properties in order to further its expansion plans.
• Served as counsel to three of the six Tennessee communities awarded State grants under the Courthouse Square Revitalization Act of 2005, including the formation of quasi governmental I.R.C. 501(c)(3) entities to carry out the redevelopment efforts made possible by such grants.
• Along with a senior partner, represented the City of Memphis extensively with regard to the redevelopment of the Pyramid and Mid-South Fairgrounds. Such representation included aspects of constitutional law, zoning law, real estate law, municipal law as well as practical exposure to the business and legal realities of public/private redevelopment partnerships.
• Negotiated retail, office, and industrial leases on behalf of both local and national developers and tenants.
• Drafted pending private act legislation proposing to allow tax increment financing and special assessment financing for a major non-urban residential development in East Tennessee.
• Represented local, regional, and national banks regarding the financing of retail, office, and industrial acquisitions and developments.
• Participated in the representation of a national bank concerning its extension of credit in excess of $100m to commonly controlled domestic and international entities. Provided on- going asset securitization representation regarding the credit facility.
• Conducted residential and commercial foreclosure sales and work-outs between lenders and debtors.
• Represented regional developer in the drafting and negotiation of development agreements and restrictive covenants for national tenant anchored shopping centers.
• Provided legal representation to both buyers and sellers in residential transactions.
• Participated in representation of a municipality in forming a center city revenue finance corporation, center city commission and other related entities.
• Served with senior partner as letter of credit counsel to various banks in both tax exempt and taxable bond financings.
• Participated in the representation of a publicly traded company in its issuance (through an industrial development board) of tax exempt solid waste disposal revenue bonds.
• Advised clients on appropriate entity structuring for complicated real estate and financial transactions.
A.J. Reed joined Spragins, Barnett & Cobb in January of 2010 following three years of practice with Glankler Brown, PLLC in Memphis, Tennessee. Mr. Reed is a native of Jackson, Tennessee and his personal interests include pro bono legal representation through Memphis Area Legal Services, sports, hunting, fishing and involvement with groups such as Young Life and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He and his wife Kristen live in Jackson and have three children, Madelynn, Colton and Graydon.