Shawn J. Richard

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Shawn Richard, licensed to practice in Louisiana, North Carolina and Texas, represents developers in residential, hotel and commercial development arenas, including development of mixed-use and residential condominium developments, flex warehouse space, commercial business parks and residential subdivisions. Shawn counsels developers on structuring of transactions to take advantage of a multitude of financing sources including bonds, the Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit, Low Income Housing Tax Credit, the New Markets Tax Credit, solar credits and public/private financing sources. He also advises on commercial leasing representing lessors and lessees, as well as the documentation of secured transactions representing national financial institutions and commercial borrowers. Shawn routinely advises clients regarding General Business and Corporate Matters, as well as contractual issues.

Prior to joining Elkins, PLC for the first time in 2004, he was the managing partner of a multi-office law firm located in Lafourche Parish, Louisiana. Following Hurricane Katrina, Shawn practiced as an associate at Poyner Spruill, LLP, a large, regional law firm located in Charlotte, NC. He rejoined Elkins, PLC in 2007.

Shawn helped to establish and is an annual participant in campJacob a week long camp for the residents of St. Vincent’s Center for Handicapped Children in Port au Prince, Haiti. He is also the Vice-President and a Founding Board Member of Jacob’s Color Link Initiative, Inc. – a charity benefiting persons with disabilities in both the United States and Haiti.

Areas of Focus


Louisiana State University Law Center, J.D. 1995
Nicholls State University — B.S. Biology, Cum Laude, 1992


Louisiana State Bar Association
New Orleans Bar Association
North Carolina State Bar Association

Courts Admitted

All Louisiana State Courts
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
All North Carolina State Courts