Mark A. Gould Jr.

Partner

Fax: 404.873.8783
Atlanta
171 17th Street NW
Suite 2100
Atlanta, Georgia 30363

Biography

Mark is co-leader of the Alternative and Renewable Energy practice. He is also a partner in the Affordable Housing and Community Development practice. Mark served for eight years on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Solar Energy Association and is a former Chair of both the Cross Border Real Estate Committee and the International Energy and Natural Resources Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of International Law.

Mark focuses his practice on the representation of clients developing multi-family housing complexes, mixed-use and urban redevelopment projects, renewable and alternative energy facilities and other projects involving public/private partnerships or financed with low-income housing tax credits, energy tax credits, tax-exempt bonds and other types of conventional or subsidized financing. Mark also has substantial experience in the development and leasing of office buildings and shopping centers, and has represented European institutional clients in connection with investments in office, retail and resort properties throughout the United States and Australia.

Mark enjoys travelling and has been to 43 countries on six continents. Mark was a contestant on the original prime time version of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire”. Mark was a sports broadcaster in college and served alongside ESPN’s Chris Berman during one football game.

Experience

  • Representing many leading national and international renewable energy development and investment companies in the acquisition, structuring and financing of solar development projects in Georgia and the negotiation of related local tax abatement and other economic development incentives.

  • Represented an international food distribution company in negotiating energy purchase agreements in connection with the procurement of solar energy for up to 18 facilities in Texas.

  • Represented Jacoby Development in the formation of a joint venture, organized for financing and development of solar photovoltaic generation facilities throughout Georgia. The projects include a 100 acre solar farm in Washington County, Georgia, which generates 9 MW of electricity  sold to a utility provider under a 25 year power purchase agreement.

  • Represented Jacoby Development in connection with the development of Aerotropolis, a mixed use project located on the 120-acre site of the former Ford Motors Assembly Plant adjacent to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Phases included the sale of property acres to Porsche for the development of its North American headquarters, the sale of property to the City of Atlanta and the proposed construction of a parking facility covered by solar panels.

  • Represented the developer of a mixed use condominium and retail project in downtown Atlanta, financed in part with Tax Allocation District bonds and New Markets Tax Credits.

  • Represented a Dutch investor in the acquisition and operation of The Frog resort and golf course, together with a majority interest in related hotel and residential development.

  • Represented Costco Wholesale in the acquisition and development of new stores across the Southeast.

  • Represented affiliates of Rodamco, a European institutional investor, in the acquisition of 49 percent or greater interests in major regional shopping centers and trophy office buildings throughout the United States and Australia. Also represented Rodamco in the acquisition of significant interests in luxury hotels and resorts throughout the United States and the Caribbean.

  • Represented Prentiss Properties in connection with the development and construction financing of One Atlantic Center (one of the largest office towers in Atlanta), and the ultimate sale of the building to a Japanese institutional investor.

  • Negotiated a 20-floor lease with State Street Bank and Trust Company, the anchor tenant of a prominent 1,000,000 square feet office building in Boston, including coordination of complex asbestos abatement and tenant relocation programs during renovation and restructuring.

  • Represented Colonial Pipeline Company in the acquisition of 159 miles of oil pipelines and related tank farms and pumping facilities in Louisiana and Mississippi.

  • Represented the owner of the Marriott Sawgrass resort complex in Florida, including the negotiation of hotel management agreements, golf course access agreements and the ultimate sale of the property to an international institutional investor.

  • Representing Integral Properties in connection with the redevelopment of several public housing projects in Atlanta, using federal tax credits and tax-exempt bond financing.

  • Representing NuRock Properties with respect to the development and financing of numerous multi-family affordable housing complexes in Georgia, Florida and Texas, using federal tax credits and tax-exempt bond financing.

Credentials

  • Emory University School of Law, Juris Doctor — 1983
    • American Jurisprudence Award in Property Law
    • Member of Board, Emory Law Journal
  • Brown University, Bachelor of Arts - Economics — 1980
  • State of Georgia 1983
    • American Bar Association—Section of International Law, Co-chair, International Energy and Natural Resources Committee (Editor, ENR Global Report)
    • American Bar Association Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law
    • Georgia Solar Energy Association– Internal Procedures Committee, Board of Directors and Chair

Recognition

  • Best Lawyers in America (Real Estate Law), 2020