University of California Irvine School of Law, JD, 2012
University of Dar es Salaam, MA, 2008
The George Washington University, BA, 2005
- District of Columbia
Jess focuses her practice on real estate finance transactions with complex structures and various financing sources, including federal and state historic tax credits (HTCs), new market tax credits (NMTC), low income housing tax credits (LITHC), government and non-profit grants, bond financing and construction, bridge and leverage loans. She advises clients on a variety of development and financing issues, including acquisition, financing, joint ventures, and tax credits.
Prior to joining Klein Hornig, Jess was an associate attorney with the Community Development Finance practice group at Nixon Peabody LLP, where she was the co-leader of the Historic Tax Credit Team and represented major financial institutions, developers and community development entities.
Jess earned her J.D. from UC Irvine School of Law, where she was a member of the inaugural class, a student attorney advisor in the Community and Economic Development Clinic, and a founding Executive Board Member for the UC Irvine Law Review.
- Currently represents a national nonprofit developer rehabilitating a historic theater using New Market Tax Credits, Federal Historic Tax Credits, and state funding sources. Represented the same developer on the construction of an adjacent affordable housing project using Low Income Housing Tax Credits and tax-exempt bond financing.
- Currently represents a joint venture of regional developers in the rehabilitation of a multi-use historic building with a hotel, athletic club, offices, and retail space, using Federal Historic Tax Credits, State Historic Tax Credits, PACE financing, bridge financing, and a commercial loan.
- Currently represents multiple developers in the acquisition, predevelopment, financing, and rehabilitation/construction of affordable housing projects using Low Income Housing Tax Credits, tax-exempt bond financing, commercial loans, and other state and Federal funding sources.
- Represented a Virginia nonprofit senior housing developer in a non-profit bond refinancing.
- Represented syndicated funds and direct investors in transactions involving the syndication of Federal Historic Tax Credits, State Historic Tax Credits, and New Market Tax Credits.
- Represented bridge lenders in Historic Tax Credit transactions.
- Represented bridge loan funds in developing upper tier fund documents.
- ABA Government Incentives Committee of the Real Property, Trusts and Estate Law Section, Vice Chair
- American Bar Association, Member
- California Bar Association, Member
- District of Columbia Bar Association, Member
- Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW), Member
- Pre-Conference Seminar Panelist, Historic Tax Credits 101, Novogradac HTC Conferences 2017 & 2018
- Panelist, State Tax Credits, ABA Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development, May 24, 2018
- Panelist, Historic Tax Credit Summit, IPED, 2014-2017