Whether I’m helping a client relocate or expand, I enjoy helping a business find opportunities they may not be aware of that make growth and reaching their goals even more achievable. Bringing new investment to my community is something I’m passionate about and is one of the reasons I love what I do.
Lodie Biggs’ background in economic development and tax work enables him to position his clients for success in efforts to grow their businesses. He works hand-in-hand with companies and helps them navigate tax incentive packages and favorable property tax treatment (PILOTs), as well as other economic incentives.
Lodie has played a key role in the incentive packages for start-ups working in areas such as medical devices, life sciences, biodiesel and bioenergy. From initial consultation to final structure and execution, Lodie guides clients every step of the way through the incentive process. He also represents local governments as they shape and create their own incentive packages, which gives him a unique understanding of the PILOT process and economic development opportunities for business growth.
Representing clients in a broad range of industries gives Lodie a broad perspective on economic development and business growth in the Southeast. His clients include businesses involved with cranes and rigging, paper and stationery, athletic apparel, plastic bottle manufacturing, trucking, distribution, logistics, high-end consumer cookware and kitchen supplies, box and pallet manufacturing, health care, health insurance, light bulbs and light fixtures, magazines and comic distribution, and insulation and building supply manufacturing, among others.
Outside his economic development practice, Lodie represents clients in real estate and tax law. In his real estate practice, Lodie assists clients with commercial real estate transactions such as sales and purchases, leasing transactions, zoning and land use law. Lodie also defends title companies in various claims.
Lodie’s tax law practice is tied closely to his experience with economic development incentives. He advises clients on ad valorem tax incentives and represents them in ad valorem tax controversies. Lodie is also highly knowledgeable about the legal side of state and local tax incentives, credits and grants that are often tied to his economic development work for clients.
He also works with a number of local and national financial services providers, providing counsel in lending, loan workouts and debt restructuring matters.
Nashville Real Estate Market Watch, November 2017
- University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1999, Virginia Law Review, Notes Editor, 1998–1999
- University of Memphis, B.B.A., 1994, summa cum laude
- United States Tax Court
- United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
- United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
- United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
Areas of Practice
- The Best Lawyers in America®, Real Estate and Economic Development (2011 to date)
- Mid-South Super Lawyers® (by Thomson Reuters) Real Estate 2013–2019
- Mid-South Rising Stars® (by Thomson Reuters) 2010–2012
Professional Affiliations & Memberships
- Memphis Chamber Economic Development Committee
- Tennessee Economic Development Council
- American Bar Association
- Tennessee Bar Association
- Memphis Bar Association
- Memphis Regional Chamber, Board of Directors
- Mississippi Economic Development Council
- Southern Economic Development Council
- Greater Memphis Chamber, Board of Directors (2016)
- Represented a global orthopedic medical device company in multiple PILOT and real estate transactions totaling more than $60 million.
- Oversaw more than $57 million in multiple real estate transactions and PILOT incentive deals for a Tennessee steel manufacturing company.
- Spearheaded a start-to-finish incentive and real estate project in Memphis, Tennessee for a specialty pharmaceutical drug manufacturing company's 120,000-square-foot facility.
- Guided a Japan-based global logistics company in its regional headquarters move to Memphis, Tennessee.
- Developed and executed an incentive program for a Singapore-based electronics manufacturer in the creation of the largest laptop repair facility in the world.
- Oversaw and managed the day-to-day logistics in the acquisition of 27 separate sites for a major regional retailer.
- Handled numerous foreclosures and workouts for condo developments and apartment complexes.
- Assisted a national bank in a $12-million foreclosure on a property in DeSoto County, Mississippi.
- Closed a $45-million line of credit to a municipal airport authority for a national bank.