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Justin Horwitz

Rodey Law Firm


Mr. Horwitz is the President and Managing Director of the firm and previously served as the Chairman of the firm’s Business Department from 2013 until 2021. He has substantial experience with a variety of infrastructure financing and economic development tools utilized in residential, commercial, and industrial projects including special districts, industrial revenue bonds, and transactions involving the local economic development act. Mr. Horwitz also serves as bond and disclosure counsel on public finance matters and has experience in the issuance of a variety of governmental obligations.

Mr. Horwitz advises on the creation and operation of public improvement districts (PIDs) and tax increment for development districts (TIDDs) throughout New Mexico. He has represented land developers, land owners and homebuilders in the formation of PIDs and TIDDs in connection with the development of thousands of acres of land. Mr. Horwitz has also assisted clients with negotiating PID and TIDD development agreements, obtaining approvals for the reimbursement of nearly $3.0 billion of budgeted public infrastructure costs, and receiving payment for related expenditures through the issuance of promissory notes and bonds secured by special district revenues.

Mr. Horwitz also regularly counsels clients on economic development matters related to the development of large-scale commercial, industrial, and services projects. Mr. Horwitz represents Facebook in the issuance of $70 billion of industrial revenue bonds, as well as approval of local economic development act assistance, for its development of a multi-billion dollar data storage facility in Los Lunas. He also assisted a client in obtaining government commitments for $4.3 million of local economic development act assistance for the location and development of TopGolf sports entertainment and restaurant facility. Mr. Horwitz has worked with other capital development clients for the development of hotel and restaurant services projects, warehousing and distribution facilities, potash and energy related projects, and medical facilities.

Mr. Horwitz has been listed in Chambers-USA-America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for his expertise and experience in corporate/commercial law since 2009, which recognizes “his handling of high-complexity deals, specializing in those with government concerns.” Mr. Horwitz has also been listed in The Best Lawyers in America for his expertise and experience in corporate law, public finance law, securities/capital markets law and securities regulation law since 2011 and has been named the Albuquerque Public Finance Law Lawyer of the Year for 2018 and the Albuquerque Securities/Capital Markets Law Lawyer of the Year for 2016 and 2020 by that publication. Mr. Horwitz has achieved the highest “AV” rating, from Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. Horwitz is also listed in Southwest Super Lawyers. He was recognized as a Southwest Rising Star in the 2012-2016 editions and most recently recognized as a Southwest Super Lawyer in the 2021 and 2022 editions for his experience and expertise in securities & corporate finance.

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