Sean Honeywill joins Barnes & Thornburg
Barnes & Thornburg has added partner Sean Honeywill and associates Devin Schoonmaker, Brian Saling, and Abraham Llama to the Corporate Department in Atlanta. This group focuses on federal and state tax credit financing and monetization in areas such as affordable housing, historic rehabilitation and renewable energy.
“These attorneys bring a wealth of knowledge related to state and federal tax incentives, which builds on the firm’s existing strength in that practice area,” said John T.L. Koenig, managing partner in Atlanta. “In 2019, the Atlanta office experienced tremendous growth through strategic hiring across our practice areas, and this new team joining at the start of the year exemplifies the continued growth trajectory we want to follow in 2020.”
Honeywill has deep experience in a variety of federal and state tax credits and the regulations that govern the transferability and monetization of associated tax benefits, including historic rehabilitation, renewable energy, affordable housing and opportunity zones. On the corporate side, he concentrates on tax considerations for transactions including restructurings, mergers and acquisitions, and spinoffs. His clients include developers, investors, lenders and syndicators.
Schoonmaker, Saling, and Llama likewise regularly work on matters surrounding the federal and state tax aspects of transactions related to these various tax incentive programs. The four join from Kowan Cordon.
“Sean, Devin, Brian and Abraham are deeply ingrained in the Southeast region, and are well-positioned to take advantage of the national platform we have to offer,” said David Gotlieb, chair of the firm’s Corporate Department. “As Atlanta’s and the region’s economy continues to boom, our clients will benefit greatly from their sound counsel and experience, particularly as they navigate the increasingly complex federal and state tax considerations that are associated with economic development.”
Honeywill earned his J.D., high honors, from the University of North Carolina School of Law, his LL.M in Taxation from New York University School of Law and his B.S., summa cum laude, from the University of Pittsburgh.
Schoonmaker earned his J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law and his B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Saling earned his J.D. from the Emory University School of Law and his B.A. from the University of Iowa.
Llama earned his J.D. from the Emory University School of Law and his B.A. from the University of Florida.