Bell Nunnally Partner Dania Duncan Moreno has been named to inaugural board of directors for the City of Dallas Economic Development Corporation (EDC), a government body approved by the Dallas City Council in January and designed to attract business to the city and develop city-owned properties. She joins a select group of 14 other local business and civic leaders charged with steering this new entity.
Duncan Moreno was selected from a group of 120 board applicants. According to a city issued press release, “Candidates were nominated to the EDC Board of Directors based on their background and expertise, with the goal of creating a board that represents diverse industries and organizations.” Nominees were then confirmed as directors by the Dallas City Council and will serve terms of up to four years.
“This is a great group of nominees,” said Dallas City Councilmember Tennell Atkins, Chairman of the City’s Economic Development Committee in the city’s press release. “I am excited to see how they steer the City of Dallas Economic Development Corporation and support the Dallas business community.”
“Dania is a skilled international real estate attorney and Dallas is a world city – making her a perfect fit for the Economic Development Corporation,” said Christopher Trowbridge, Bell Nunnally’s managing partner. “As our professionals and clients know well, Bell Nunnally is deeply devoted to Dallas’ success, and we’re incredibly supportive of and grateful to Dania lending her many talents to bettering our home city.”
In a Law360 story announcing the board of the EDC, Duncan Moreno commented on the importance of the city of Dallas’ creation of an EDC and its strategic guidance – a move done previously by similar large cities, such as New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Chicago and Los Angeles: “The region and the city are basically job magnets, and Dallas is overflowing with opportunity.”
Duncan Moreno focuses her practice on both domestic and cross-border corporate and real estate transactions. Licensed in Texas and Mexico, she has broad experience representing international and U.S. companies in the acquisition, disposition, leasing and development of real estate properties for hospitality, retail, industrial and residential projects throughout Texas, Mexico and Latin America. She advises clients in connection with mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances, dispositions, joint ventures and financing transactions in a broad range of industries.
Duncan Moreno has represented real estate investment trusts (REITs), timeshare companies, real estate developers, hospitality industry clients and asset managers in multimillion-dollar deals, as well as in regulatory matters such as environmental remediation and responses to the Consumer Protection Agency.
Beyond her service with the Dallas EDC board, Duncan Moreno is also member of the Dallas Regional Chamber (DRC) International Task Force. She is a graduate of University De Monterrey (J.D., 2001) and the University of Illinois College of Law (LL.M., 2007).