Attorneys

Experience

Adam Kirk is a partner at HunterMaclean and practices in the areas of taxation, corporate, and real estate, with a focus on community development and financing, historic preservation through the utilization of historic tax credits, and commercial development utilizing new markets tax credits.

Adam is a certified public accountant and a member of the American Institute of CPAs. Prior to law school, he practiced accounting in an international public accounting firm and later served in financial and SEC reporting roles for publicly traded companies. While in law school, Adam was an adjunct professor in the Boston University School of Management.

Adam serves as president of the board of trustees of Savannah Children’s Choir, Inc., a nonprofit choir with broad community support serving over 100 students from 29 public and private schools in Chatham County, Georgia.

Adam also serves on the board of the Savannah Renewal and Development Authority.

Representative Engagements

  • Representation of a master developer in all facets of a mixed-use master development agreement with a housing authority, resulting in three phases of affordable multifamily rental housing, the subdivision and sale of a residential lot to a luxury apartment builder, the subdivision and sale of single family residential lots to a national single family builder, and the subdivision and sale of commercial lots to a retail developer.
  • Representation of a health system in the closing of new markets tax credit financing for a medical office building and a community care center.
  • Representation of a postgraduate educational institution in the closing of new markets tax credit financing for a school building.
  • Representation of a developer in the historic rehabilitation of a mill utilizing historic tax credits and HUD financing.
  • Representation of numerous developers and general partners in the negotiation and closing of affordable housing transactions, including the negotiation of partnership agreements with tax credit investors and the closing of conventional loans, tax-exempt bond financing, as well as loans made available through various HUD programs.
  • Representation of a state authority in the drafting and negotiation of long-term hotel and residential ground leases.
  • Representation of a housing authority in connection with its negotiation of a master development agreement.
  • Successful appeal to the Georgia Supreme Court of the denial of preferential tax assessment for historic property in Savannah. Chatham County Board of Tax Assessors v. Emmoth, 278 Ga. 144, 598 S.E.2d 495 Ga., 2004.

Recognition

Georgia Super Lawyers Rising Star: 2007 & 2009-2010

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Martindale-Hubbell: AV Rated

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Publications & Presentations

Publications

The Impact of Housing Tax Credits

HunterMaclean partner Adam G. Kirk explains how Housing Tax Credits work in this article for Business in Savannah.

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An Overview of the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC)

The federal New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) program was established in 2000 by Congress to spur new or increased investments into operating businesses and real estate projects located in low-income communities. The program attracts investment in low-income communities by allowing individual and corporate investors to receive a tax credit against their federal income tax liability.

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New Law Designed to Spur Investment in Georgia

HunterMaclean partner Adam G. Kirk discusses the potential impact of House Bill 318, which recently created the Invest Georgia Fund and offered a variety of tax credits for qualified businesses.

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Tax Overhaul Shelved, Lawmakers Turn To Expenditures

By Adam G. Kirk, published on July 27, 2011, in Business in Savannah.

In May, Governor Nathan Deal signed an $18.3 billion state budget adopted by Georgia lawmakers for the 2012 fiscal year. Although the budget offers a slight increase in spending over previous fiscal year, it cuts spending by state agencies by an average of 7 percent.

The budget was finalized quickly after lawmakers shied away from a major tax overhaul that would have benefitted businesses statewide. House Bill 388 would have reduced the state’s personal income tax rate from 6% to 4.6% in 2012 and again in 2013 to 4.55%, while doing away with many deductions and adding sales taxes. New sales tax increases would have included auto repair labor, private sale of cars, groceries, cigarettes and possibly gasoline, and a 7% communications tax on telephones, satellite and cable television and other communications services.

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Don't get burned when selling your principal residence

By Adam G. Kirk, published on May 28, 2005, in Savannah Morning News.

A surge in real estate prices has created significant equity in the principal residences of many people in our area. This equity creates tax exposure for those tempted to cash in on the gain in value of their principal residences.

When selling a principal residence, taxpayers should be sure to take advantage of the home sale gain exclusion provided by the Internal Revenue Code.

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Tax talk: Exercise your right to appeal property assessments

By Adam G. Kirk, published on June 13, 2004, in Savannah Morning News.

So you just stopped reeling from preparing your 2003 income tax return. Unfortunately, your tax work for 2004 may not be complete. In late June, some Chatham County property owners will receive “change in value” notices from the Chatham County Board of Assessors (BOA). These notices inform property owners of the value the BOA will place on their property for taxation in 2004.

As the adage goes, there are few things so certain as death and taxes. Unlike death, however, taxpayers can appeal the BOA’s determination.

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Presentations

The Trial of the Slave Ship WANDERER

Presented at the Eleventh Circuit Judicial Conference in Savannah, Georgia on May 2, 2013 by Colin A. McRae, Bradley M. Harmon, and Adam G. Kirk.

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News

Savannah Children’s Choir: New officers, key volunteers and new programs

At the annual retreat of the Savannah Children’s Choir’s (SCC) board of trustees, the members elected Adam Kirk as president, and Lukejohn Dickson as vice-president. Beth Robinson and Jason Gallegos will continue in their roles as secretary and treasurer, respectively. Adam Kirk, an attorney and partner at HunterMaclean, has been involved on the board for over a year, and replaces Jamey Espina of Hospice Savannah, who has ended his term as president but continues as a board member. Lukejohn Dickson, owner of Savannah Kitchen & Bath, has also served for over a year.

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Adam Kirk Graduates Leadership Savannah

Partner Adam Kirk  graduated Leadership Savannah Thursday evening during a ceremony at the Savannah Yacht Club. Leadership Savannah was established in 1961 to inform future leaders in the Savannah area of issues confronting the community on a variety of subjects. It provides the opportunity for participants to develop an awareness of community successes and problems, as well as knowledge to help meet challenges of the future.

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