Type: News
Date: 01/12/2018

Former Lawrence Economic Development Director Starnes Joins Taft

Taft is pleased to announce that Cameron G. Starnes has joined Taft’s Indianapolis office as of counsel in the firm’s Environmental and Brownfield and Site Development practices.

Starnes previously served as the director of economic development for the city of Lawrence, where he guided and directed strategic investment of public resources to facilitate new development and employment opportunities. Prior to that he focused on redevelopment efforts for the city of Indianapolis Department of Metropolitan Development in the Redevelopment and Community Economic Development Divisions, including directing Indianapolis’ Brownfield Redevelopment Program.

“Cam’s extensive experience in economic development, brownfields and redevelopment will bring great value to Taft clients and complement our existing services,” said Frank J. Deveau, chair of Taft’s Environmental practice. “Revitalizing communities and redeveloping sites are very important initiatives for many of our clients, and Taft is at the forefront of providing a full range of services to help maximize the opportunities.”

Starnes will focus on assisting clients with navigating environmental barriers and risks, locating funding and achieving the necessary regulatory approvals to make revitalization projects possible. Stemming from his municipal experience, Starnes has seen the benefits of investing in redevelopment firsthand, including potential high returns on investment in terms of job growth, improved public health, increased property tax productivity and leverage of new private capital. He will seek to enhance Taft’s existing Brownfield and Site Development practice by expanding it to new municipal and private clients while also offering unique perspectives and services to existing clients.

“I am a true believer in the potential for transforming vacant, environmentally impacted properties into positive and profitable assets,” Starnes said. “In joining Taft, I look forward to marrying that belief and my own experience with the firm’s deep and established environmental and real estate legal practices to assist clients in achieving transformative projects.”

About Taft
At Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, delivering outstanding legal performance to help clients succeed is what drives and motivates our attorneys every day. Taft has offices in Ann Arbor, Mich.; Chicago, Ill.; Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton and Delaware, Ohio; Indianapolis, Ind.; Covington, Ky.; and Phoenix, Ariz. With more than 400 attorneys, the firm practices across a wide range of industries, in virtually every area of law, including Business and Finance; Litigation; Labor and Employment; Intellectual Property; Bankruptcy and Restructuring; Environmental; Health and Life Sciences; Private Client Services; Real Estate; and Tax. With a proven track record of experience since 1885, the firm offers breadth and depth of legal expertise coupled with a trusted business perspective to help our clients reach their goals. For more information, please visit www.taftlaw.com.  

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