Durham, NC – Sherrod Banks, President/CEO of The Banks Law Firm, announced two internal promotions; Tanya D. Locklair and Catherine P. Liu have each earned the distinction of Principal with the Firm.
Locklair graduated from the University of South Carolina at Columbia in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a minor in Business Administration. She received her Juris Doctor Degree from North Carolina Central University School of Law in 1996.
Locklair joined the Firm in 1996 in the commercial real estate and affordable housing and community development law segments. She serves as the primary attorney for the Firm’s representation of the Columbia (SC), High Point, North Charleston, Rockingham and East Baton Rouge Housing Authorities.
Locklair is a member of the American Bar Association Real Property and Business Law Sections and the Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law; North Carolina Bar Association Real Property Section; and South Carolina Bar Association Real Property Section. She was the first lawyer in the Firm to also become licensed to practice law in the State of South Carolina.
Liu graduated cum laude from the University of California, San Diego, in 1984, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications. In 1986, she received a Master of Arts Degree in Communication Studies from Northern Illinois University, and a Juris Doctor Degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 2000.
Liu’s experience in transactional work includes all aspects of mixed finance development including low income housing tax credit transactions, site acquisitions, environmental compliance and remediation, entity formation, preparation of proposals and evidentiaries, negotiations with HUD, developer partners and lenders. She has advised public housing authorities on deconcentration of poverty regulations, fair housing laws, energy conservation financing, landlord-tenant matters and other issues related to HUD compliance. She has also provided general counsel support to public housing authorities, including providing legal advice on open meeting and public records issues.
Liu is admitted to practice before the United States District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina. She is a member of the American Bar Association, North Carolina State Bar, and North Carolina Bar Association Business and Environmental Sections.
“Tanya and Catherine are very experienced and skilled members of our team at The Banks Law Firm,” said Sherrod Banks, CEO President of The Banks Law Firm. “I am thrilled to have themThey add tremendous value as Principals of the Firm.”