Wayne is a member of Butler Snow’s business department and practices within the Public Finance, Tax Incentives and Credit Markets group. His work has been concentrated in all roles of Public Finance since 1984, with a particular emphasis in affordable housing finance.

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Associations

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana, 1977
  • District of Columbia, 1980

Civic Involvement

  • Former board member of the following:
    • Neighborhood Development Foundation
    • Associated Catholic Charities
    • Project Lazarus
    • Metropolitan Area Committee
    • Neighborhood Revitalization and Affordable Housing Task Force (chairman)

Distinctions

  • Martindale-Hubbell®
    • AV®-Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated

Education & Honors

  • Columbia University, J.D., 1976
  • Yale University, B.A., History, 1972
    • Trumbull College course of study committee member

Experience

  • Served as lead Bond Counsel to the New Orleans Aviation Board in connection with over $990 million of general airport revenue bonds to finance the new North Terminal which opened at the Louis Armstrong Airport on November 6, 2019.
  • Bond Counsel for over $5.0 billion of single-family mortgage revenue bonds and multifamily housing revenue bonds for the State and local housing finance agencies. 
  • Served as Bond Counsel to the Orleans Parish School Board for over $750 million of general obligation bonds, revenue bonds, and revenue anticipation notes.
  • Served as Special Counsel to the Orleans Parish School Board in connection with public-private partnerships using new market tax credits and/or historic tax credits to construct and/or renovate school facilities.
  • Drafted the legal documents associated with the HOME Investment Partnerships Act and the investment of HOME Funds in affordable housing developments for the Louisiana Housing Corporation, as successor to the Louisiana Housing Finance Agency.
  • Collaborated in crafting the qualified allocation plans (QAP) in Louisiana for low-income housing tax credits each year and drafted the legal documentation for the allocation and allowance of low-income housing tax credits in the State of Louisiana.
  • Drafted legal documents associated with the additional GO-ZONE low-income housing credits made available to the State of Louisiana through a special GO ZONE QAP. 
  • Drafted legal documents for implementation of the 1602 Investment Program and the Tax Credit Assistance Program which included mandatory asset management functions required to be implemented by the State housing credit agency.
  • Drafted documents required for the State housing credit agency to serve as a risk sharing agency pursuant to Section 542(c) of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1992.
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Papers, Presentations, & Publications

  • Author, “Low Income Housing in New Orleans: Financing Homeownership through Housing Cooperatives,” Urban League, State of Black New Orleans.