Dwayne W. Barrett

Nashville, TN Office

Dwayne Barrett is a Member of Reno & Cavanaugh. Dwayne has a broad range of transactional experience on issues relating to affordable housing and federal and state tax issues, including: low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) developments, GO Zone tax credits, tax-exempt bond financing, tax increment financing, Affordable Housing Program (AHP) Funds, Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, HOME funds, and mixed-finance transactions. His experience also includes drafting state legislation, structuring numerous joint ventures, and appeals of property tax matters.

Selected Recent Transactions

  • Represented developer in acquisition of numerous LIHTC general partner interests in Tennessee.
  • Represented developer in acquisition of affordable housing portfolio of approximately 2,600 units in Louisiana.
  • Represented developer in acquisition of affordable housing portfolio in Tennessee.
  • Represented two developers in acquisition of 10 property USDA RD portfolio using LIHTC and tax exempt bonds, along with USDA MPR program.
  • Represented a large housing authority and affiliated nonprofit organization in the acquisition of controlling interests in several LIHTC developments using HOME and CDBG funds along with an applicable PILOT program.
  • Represented a developer in the acquisition of four affordable housing developments with tax-exempt bonds enhanced with an RD 538-insured loan and subordinated RD 515 loans and 4% LIHTCs.
  • Represented nonprofit in assignment of partnership interests and subordinate mortgages in 13 project portfolio in Louisiana.
  • Represented developer in new construction development of approximately 300 affordable units utilizing LIHTC, tax exempt bonds, PILOT and community investment tax credits.

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, “Low-Income Housing Tax Credits: Program Principles & Moving Parts”, First American Title Insurance Company 2012 Commercial Seminar, Spring 2012.
  • Speaker, “Local Housing Authorities and State Housing Finance Agencies — How to Work Together to Revitalize Communities”, NAHRO National Conference, Nashville, TN, July 2008.
  • Co-Trainer, “Understanding the Basics of Tax Credits: An Overview”, NAHRO Professional Development Seminar, March 2008, June 2009.
  • Instructor, Seminar: Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, NAHRO, Toledo, Ohio, April 2008.
  • Instructor, Seminar: Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, NAHRO National Conference, Nashville, TN, July 2008.
  • Numerous seminars on tax issues, including LIHTC development

Awards, Community and Professional Activities

  • Martindale Hubbell Peer-Review Rated AV Preeminent TM
  • Member, American Bar Association, Tennessee Bar Association, and Nashville Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law and Section on Real Property, Trust and Estate Law
  • Counsel, Tennessee Affordable Housing Coalition
  • Counsel, Community Housing Developers Association of Tennessee
  • ABA Property Tax Deskbook, Tennessee Chapter, Editions 1995-2010


University of Florida, LL.M. in Taxation University of Tennessee, J.D. David Lipscomb College, B.S. in Accounting, magna cum laude

Bar Admission

Tennessee Bar


Hendersonville, TN