Coats Rose Welcomes Four Attorneys to the Firm

HOUSTON – July 1, 2019 – Coats Rose, P.C. is pleased to announce the expansion of its affordable housing and community development, real estate and litigation practices with the addition of four attorneys to the firm in New Orleans, Austin and Houston.

“We are fortunate to have these attorneys join our firm,” said Richard L. Rose, President and Managing Director for the firm. “The depth of their knowledge expands our expertise to better serve our clients.”

Riess is a director in the affordable housing and community development practice.  Her practice focuses on commercial finance, real estate finance, public finance, corporate finance, and corporate transactions.  She has represented clients in numerous commercial transactions utilizing a variety of economic development financing incentives, including state and federal new markets tax credits, state and federal historic rehabilitation tax credits, low-income housing tax credits, opportunity zone investments, Louisiana film tax credits, Louisiana angel investor tax credits, state and federal renewable energy tax credits and grants, community development block grants, HUD-insured loans, tax credit bridge loans, and tax credit bonds.

Wootten is of counsel in the affordable housing and community development practice in the New Orleans Office.  His practice focuses on commercial finance, government incentives, public private partnerships and real estate development.  He has extensive experience closing and advising on projects involving a range of government incentives, including historic tax credits, new markets tax credits, low-income housing tax credits, Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing, tax credit bridge loans and HUD supported projects.

Haddad is a director in the real estate practice in the firm’s Austin office.  She has more than 25 years of experience in the real estate industry, with a diverse real estate and litigation practice that includes complex cases involving commercial and residential acquisitions, development, leasing, real estate brokerage, real estate finance, title issues, disposition of property, and construction law. She has a strong background in real estate law and litigation, with board experience in real estate contract negotiation, complex development projects, real estate litigation, brokerage disputes and extensive title work. Racy is a former real estate licensee with the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) and has been an approved TREC Mandatory Continuing Education (MCE) Instructor in the area of Real Estate Marketing and Legal and Real Estate Ethics. She has also been a participant in the Texas Land Title School and has been a licensed Escrow Officer with the Texas Department of Insurance. Prior to joining Coats Rose, Racy was the founding partner of Haddad Legal Group.

Hamren is an associate in the Construction and Surety Law Section in the Houston office.  He has extensive discovery experience and has handled review assignments related to 2nd requests and Civil Investigation Demands issued by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Committee.  Hamren has handled issues related to FERC, the Texas Prompt Pay/Public Information Acts, antitrust, oil and gas production, shareholder litigation, toxic torts, and wrongful death.

About Coats Rose, P.C.

Coats Rose is a transactional and litigation law firm focused on development: the development of real estate, affordable housing, special purpose districts, business and private wealth. We provide legal counsel to businesses, governmental entities corporate and high-net worth clients across the U.S. and internationally. For over 30 years, the firm has leveraged its vast legal experience to fulfill clients’ needs spanning real estate law, affordable housing and community development, public finance, construction and surety law, commercial litigation, government relations, intellectual property, mergers and acquisitions, securities law, tax, wealth planning and preservation. In addition to its headquarters in Houston, Coats Rose has offices in Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, New Orleans and Cincinnati. Learn more at



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