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(AUSTIN) July 31, 2014 – Locke Lord Partner Cynthia Bast has been recognized by the Texas Affiliation of Affordable Housing Providers (TAAHP) with the Jean W. MacDonald Lifetime Achievement Award. The award is given to an individual who exemplifies leadership in the affordable housing industry and embodies the philosophy of providing quality affordable housing to all Texans. The award was presented at the Texas Housing Conference this week.
Bast, who Chairs Locke Lord’s firm-wide Affordable Housing Practice and who is Co-Chair of the Firm’s Board of Directors, assists clients with complex affordable housing and community development transactions using a variety of financing tools, including housing tax credits, tax-exempt bonds, HUD programs, and other federal, state, and local resources.
In addition to her transactional work, Bast represents clients before relevant governmental authorities and advocates for affordable housing issues with the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs and Texas Legislature. More recently, she has been working with clients to preserve affordable housing properties that are nearing the ends of their regulatory compliance periods or in need of financial restructuring. Cynthia was ranked in Chambers USA for 2014 for Real Estate Law and has frequently been named a Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly.
“We couldn’t be more proud of Cynthia,” said Locke Lord Chair Jerry Clements. “For more than 20 years, Cynthia has worked with clients providing legal and legislative assistance on affordable housing programs. She has been on the forefront of this growing industry, building Locke Lord’s affordable housing practice, and is recognized as a leader in the field . Cynthia is also a dedicated public servant, devoting countless hours to advocating for affordable housing issues and educating through speaking engagements across the country.”
Locke Lord consistently ranks among American Lawyer’s top 100 U.S. law firms. The firm’s full range of practice and industry areas serve national and international clients from offices in Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, Dallas, Hong Kong, Houston, London, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York, Sacramento, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. It has an excellent reputation in complex litigation, regulatory and transactional work, with its 650-plus lawyers building collaborative relationships and crafting creative solutions – all designed and executed to meet clients’ long term strategic goals.