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Christopher J. Kane

Partner
Litigation

Christopher Kane joined Adams and Reese in 2004 and practices in the areas of transportation, economic development, business litigation and professional athlete injury claims.

He has gained extensive experience and contributed to firm knowledge regarding specialized tax credit programs, cooperative endeavor agreements, public-private partnership law, economic development law, transportation and logistics legal issues and commercial and corporate litigation.

Christopher has assisted clients with expansion, re-location and new development projects totaling more than $250 million and ranging from port infrastructure projects to industrial, commercial, retail, boutique hotel, restaurant and residential developments throughout the Greater New Orleans region.

Some of Christopher’s significant representations include:

  • France Road Parkway Properties – Port of New Orleans Project: negotiating the sale of 27.5 acres of Port of New Orleans property to a transportation and logistics company and managing the creation of a $10 million financial structure, which included GO Zone bond financing levered with federal New Market Tax Credits. The financial structure yielded more than $1.5 million in direct cost savings or direct equity into the client’s project, which includes a 150,000 square foot warehouse facility, 12-acre container depo facility and an imported granite distribution center. The project retained and created 120 jobs for the New Orleans region.
  • 1031 Canal Street Redevelopment – Assisted developer team with obtaining approval of height variances and related provisions necessary for a $75 million redevelopment of premier real estate on Canal Street, which will include upscale penthouses, apartments, retail and other supporting mixed uses.
  • Daniel A. Campbell v. New Orleans Saints, 113 So.3d 1215 (La.App. 5 Cir. 5/16/2013) - successfully upheld the appropriate calculation of a professional football player’s average weekly wage and the application of the collective bargaining agreement time credit offset for purposes of calculating eligibility of state workers’ compensation benefits.
  • Transportation Consultants, Inc. v. Poly-America GP, Inc., 2008 WL 4615715 (S.D. Tex 2008) - successfully argued and established by case law that a consignee has a legal duty to return a shipping container to the assigned trucking company within a “timely fashion,” supporting the critical legal position that trucking and logistics companies can recoup any per diem charges caused by the actions or inactions of the consignee or shipper.
  • Extensive experience assisting transportation clients with United States Coast Guard penalties, Foreign Trade Zone, owner-operator agreements, rules circular agreements, bills of lading, cargo release agreements, cargo abandonment agreements, warehouse agreements, warehousemen liability limitation clauses and other related industry documents.

Christopher has also been involved in various recovery legal issues since the 2005 hurricanes. He co-founded a not-for-profit corporation designed to specifically assist small business recovery called Desire NOLA, which has been nominated for numerous service awards and has been recognized by many respected community leaders. During his leadership tenure, Desire NOLA contributed to more than $1 million in economic impact in the New Orleans region.

Christopher is a Crowe Scholar from Loyola University Law School and also holds an M.B.A. from Christian Brothers University where he was awarded the Young Alumnus of the Year Award in 2006.

During his free time, he likes to play golf and watch the Saints and Pelicans.

Presentations

Taking Advantage of Available Government Funding, IFFCBANO Conference, Point Clear, Alabama, June 2010