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Norman L. Jones III

A relationship is at the core of every transaction. Smooth transactions build relationships.

My Approach

My core aim as a tax credit finance attorney is to find money to build infrastructure and housing that makes our country a better place. In this work, I primarily advise capital providers in the solar, affordable housing, and historic tax credit industries; some have been working these types of transactions for years, and others come to us with their first tax credit deal. Our team meets each client where their needs are; for first-time investors, we provide quick working guidance first, and then deepen their knowledge and capabilities over time.

I believe two things make transactions succeed: having the right team, and choosing the right transaction partners. I feel lucky to be a part of the Winthrop team, which includes some of the most talented, eager and goal-oriented professionals I have seen in tax credit financing. And over time we have developed deep relationships with a broad network of other professionals in the industry. The days I enjoy most are the ones where I can connect developers, lenders and investors and help them find the right fit.

So far, our team has helped keep more than 10,000 homes affordable, and financed enough solar energy for nearly 1,000,000 people – we’ll need to set higher goals.

A Groundbreaking Moment in My Career

Prior to 2008, my main focus was on developer side work. The financial turmoil in 2008-2009 created a vacuum in the tax equity market that was painful for many developers. There was a day when I decided the best way I could help was to create more certainty in the tax equity markets by helping more institutional investors enter and stay in the market and connecting them with good developers. That has been my focus ever since.

Practice Areas

Honors & Awards

The Best Lawyers in America©

Real Estate Law, 2018-2024

Rising Stars

Minnesota Law & Politics, 2008

Attorney of the Year

Minnesota Lawyer, 2006

Associations & Memberships

National Association of Bond Lawyers

Minnesota State Bar Association

Taxation Section