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Guest Speaker: Toni Jackson

Principal, The Banks Law Firm

Antoinette M. (“Toni”) Jackson is a transactional attorney whose practice has been the perfect marriage of practicing law and giving back to the community. With more than 25 years of real estate experience, Toni currently represents for-profit and nonprofit developers and public housing agencies in commercial real estate development and affordable housing financing. She has represented clients in the development of multifamily housing, mixed-use complexes, residential subdivisions, and commercial office and retail spaces. Toni concentrates her practice in mixed-finance transactions involving tax credits, FHA financing, and other public funding. Additionally, she serves as special and general counsel to a number of public housing authorities, with a specific emphasis on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), public housing and development issues.

Toni has overseen and conducted multi-level transactions that include the coordination of multiple funding sources from public and private entities. She has most recently worked with clients as they redevelop housing in response to recent disasters. These transactions have included GO Zone tax credits, GO Zone bonds, and CDBG-Disaster Recovery Funds.

In addition to her transactional practice, Ms. Jackson also handles administrative and governmental affairs issues before state agencies and legislative bodies. She has worked extensively in assisting with the crafting of language for the qualified allocation plan (QAP) in several states and continues to monitor QAP changes, legislation and case law that impact the housing industry. Ms. Jackson regularly provides written and oral testimony before municipalities, state agencies and legislative bodies on behalf of clients and the housing industry particularly in the areas of affordable housing, construction, specialized financing tools, and other real estate issues and concerns. Toni has been a passionate advocate for affordable housing and throughout her career has worked extensively on efforts to increase homeownership and rental housing for low to moderate-income families.

Ms. Jackson has received numerous recognitions for her volunteerism, professional and community leadership. In July 2018, she was awarded the Jean MacDonald Lifetime Achievement in Housing by the Texas Affiliation of Affordable Housing Providers and recognized by the NBA Women Lawyers Division for her commitment to diversity as an Outstanding Minority Partner in Majority Firm.  She frequently serves as a speaker and guest lecturer in the area of affordable housing and community development law including disaster funding and recovery and housing choice/disparate impact issues.

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