Martye Kendrick

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Phone: 713-965-7625
Location: Houston
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Martye Kendrick focuses her practice on real estate matters and serves as bond counsel and special tax counsel for her clients. Martye advises municipal utility districts and other water districts, water supply corporations, public utilities, school districts, and municipalities.

Martye serves her clients on a wide-array of issues including issuance of tax-exempt bonds, construction law, real property matters, open meetings and public information law, contracts, and other specialties. Martye has extensive experience serving as general counsel to school districts and municipalities with regard to managing real estate and development projects, right-of-way disputes, easements, acquisition and disposition, land use, annexation, condemnation, and eminent domain.

Martye has successfully helped clients navigate complex real estate issues. Public entities trust her extensive knowledge in real estate and public finance. Since 2013, Martye has served on the City of Houston Water Adjustment Board. Additionally, Martye serves on the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority Board.

Martye also serves the Firm’s Public Finance Group. She received her Master of Laws in Taxation, which allows her to serve as special tax counsel, in addition to serving as bond counsel in the issuance of tax-exempt bonds for cities, higher education, hospital districts, municipal utility districts, water districts, school districts, and charter schools.

PRACTICE AREAS

  • Public Finance, including reviews of bond insurance proposals, conducting state law and tax due diligence, drafting bond and federal tax opinions, drafting certificates and required filing documents, and successfully closing bond issues
  • Public Law
  • Construction Law
  • Open Meetings Act and Public Information Act Contract Review and Negotiation
  • Real Estate, including acquisition, construction and development of real estate projects
  • Right-of-way and easement acquisition Education Law

EDUCATION

LL.M. Tax, 2011, University of Denver
J.D., 2004, Howard University School of Law
B.A., 2001, with honors, Trinity College

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS

State Bar of Texas
State Bar of Colorado
National Association of Bond Lawyers
Women in Public Finance

HONORS

Best Lawyers in America, 2008
Interned at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, International Tax/State and Local Tax, 2010

ADMISSIONS

  • S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • United States Tax Court
  • State Bar of Texas
  • State Bar of Colorado

CIVIC & COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Board of Directors, Harris County-Houston Sports Authority
Board of Directors, City of Houston Water Adjustment Board
Board of Directors, Excelsior Youth Foundation board of directors (2007-2008)

PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE

Of Counsel, Powell & Leon (July 2017 – Aug. 2019)
Of Counsel, Johnson Petrov LLP (Nov. 2012 – Aug. 2018)
LL.M. Tax candidate University of Denver/Tax Intern, Pricewaterhousecoopers (Jan 2010 – Nov 2012)
Associate, Riggs, Abney, Neal, Turpen, Orbison & Lewis (Mr. 2008 – Jan. 2010)
Associate, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck (July 2006 – Jan. 2008)
Associate, Lowe, Fell & Skogg (May 2004 – July 2006)