Amelia J. Rideau is a partner with the law firm, McManimon, Scotland & Baumann, LLC, working primarily in housing and economic development. In her housing practice, Mrs. Rideau represents developers and housing authorities in connection with the development and financing of affordable and market rate housing projects utilizing forms of federal, state and municipal financial assistance, including Low Income Housing Tax Credits, tax exempt bonds, federal credit enhancements and conventional financing. Mrs. Rideau also specializes in assisting public and private entities with respect to economic development and redevelopment Projects. The work includes assisting projects in obtaining regulatory and financing approvals including site plan approvals, historic preservation approvals, the designation of redevelopment and rehabilitation areas and the adoption of redevelopment plans, and the provision of public financial assistance in the form of tax credit financing, redevelopment area bonds, payments in lieu of taxes and tax abatements and Urban Enterprise Zone designations. Further, Mrs. Rideau’s work includes drafting formation documents for 501(c)(3) tax exempt entities and the representation of public entities and non-profits in the negotiation and implementation of financing instruments, development agreements, redevelopment agreements and financial agreements for housing, retail, commercial and mixed-use projects.
Mrs. Rideau received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Political Science and English, and her Juris Doctorate Degree from Rutgers University School of Law – Newark. While at UW-Madison, Mrs. Rideau served as Vice-Chair of the Associated Students of Madison. While attending Rutgers, Mrs. Rideau served as Editor-in-Chief of the Rutgers Race and the Law Review and Vice President of Community Affairs for the Association of Black Law Students.
Mrs. Rideau has served in several community and public interest positions throughout her professional career. Before attending law school, Mrs. Rideau worked as a Coordinator for the NAACP Voter Empowerment Program conducting voter registration and education activities. During law school Mrs. Rideau interned with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund researching voting rights legislation and case law. Mrs. Rideau was also engaged as a Reviewer for the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund for its 2010 and 2012 New Markets Tax Credit allocation rounds.
In 2011 and 2012, Mrs. Rideau was named a “Rising Star” by New Jersey Super Lawyers Magazine.