Coats Rose Announces 2024 Attorney Elevations

HOUSTON – JANUARY 10, 2024 – Coats Rose, P.C., a transactional and litigation law firm focused on development, is proud to announce that Lauren Hodge, Laken Jenkins Kilgore, Sarah Scott and Nicholas Senkel have been promoted to Director.  Cole Konopka and Paige Mebane have been promoted to Of Counsel.

Hodge and Scott practice in the firm’s affordable housing group in Houston and Austin respectively.  Jenkins Kilgore practices in the public finance section and Senkel is part of the Real Estate group of the Houston office.

Lauren Hodge represents public housing authorities and developers in the development of affordable housing. Lauren has experience with a variety of financing sources and structures, including the use of 4% and 9% low-income housing tax credits, conventional construction and permanent financing loans, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loans, 221(d)(4) and 223(f) FHA loans, HOME funds, private activity bonds, federal and state Historic Tax Credits, Rental Assistance Demonstration and Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grants.

Laken Jenkins Kilgore focuses her practice on local government and public finance law, primarily representing municipal utility districts, levee improvement districts and other special districts as general counsel and bond counsel. Laken also represents commercial and residential real estate developers in the formation of special districts throughout Texas and in matters relating to the development and financing of property within special districts. Laken has been involved in creating approximately 50 special districts through the Texas Legislature.

Sarah Scott represents non-profit and for-profit developers, public housing authorities, bond issuers, and other entities in transactions for the development of low-income housing. Sarah has experience with a variety of financing sources and structures, including the use of 4% and 9% low-income housing tax credits, CDBG funds, HOME funds, TCAP funds, conventional construction and permanent financing loans, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loans, mixed-finance, private activity bonds, local government grants and loans, and RAD rental assistance.

Nicholas Senkel has a practice focused on commercial real estate and corporate law, Nicholas serves a wide range of clients including first-time sellers and purchasers to experienced landowners, developers, builders, and landlords. Nicholas works closely with each client to serve their needs involving acquisition, development, management, operation and disposition of improved and unimproved properties, leasing, financing and refinancing, construction contracts, due diligence, title research and title curative work, formation and governance of business entities and management of day-to-day legal issues concerning developers, management companies, landowners, sellers, and purchasers.

Cole Konopka is focused primarily on Public Finance and Real Estate, including the creation of special purpose districts, statutory and regulatory interpretation, governmental relations, and administration of special districts.  He represents clients before administrative agencies such as the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), the Texas Water Development Board, and various cities, counties and regional service providers.

Paige Mebane  assists developers of affordable housing and has experience with public/private partnerships utilizing a variety of formats, including senior and multifamily developments, 4% and 9% low income tax credit developments and single-family housing.

In 2023, Coats Rose continued its strategic growth adding four attorneys to the firm in the Houston and Dallas offices focused on one or more key areas for the firm: real estate development, acquisition, and financing, land development and financing, the creation and management of special purpose districts in Texas, and affordable housing and community development across the US.



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