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Patricia McMurray and Amanda Spain Wells Join Baker Donelson's Real Estate Group


(Baton Rouge, LA / August 5, 2016) Baker Donelson is pleased to announce the arrival of real estate attorneys Patricia McMurray and Amanda Spain Wells to the Firm's Baton Rouge office.

"Patty and Amanda are well-respected attorneys with extensive experience in real estate law, as well as niche practices in key areas, and we are confident that their addition to the Firm will enhance our capabilities to serve our clients," said Phyllis Cancienne, managing shareholder of Baker Donelson's Baton Rouge office.

Ms. McMurray joins the Firm as a shareholder, concentrating her practice on all types of commercial transactions, forestry, real estate and education law. She is also an experienced litigator with experience in the bankruptcy, creditors' rights and general commercial areas. Ms. McMurray has also worked with many charter schools on education issues and has been instrumental in the developing area of charter school law. A graduate of the Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Ms. McMurray is listed in The Best Lawyers in America® and was the 2015 recipient of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber D. Jensen Holliday Award for her leadership and service to the organization.

Ms. Wells joins Baker Donelson as of counsel and focuses her practice primarily on real estate financing and affordable housing. Following the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and Rita, she worked closely with a group of private and public entities to create and implement the now HUD recommended program for the use of public funds for affordable housing projects. Ms. Wells is also engaged in drafting land use restrictions and creating blueprints for new, mixed-use, residential and commercial developments throughout the state. A graduate of Tulane University Law School, Ms. Wells was selected to the Baton Rouge Business Report's "Forty Under 40" list in 2012 and is also a member of the Louisiana Association of Affordable Housing Providers.

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