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Warren c. Matthews

Warren C. Matthews

PH: (334) 241-7000
Fax: (334) 262-0020
Email: Warren
PH: (205) 458-5381
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PH: (334) 241-7000

Warren is Co-Chair of the firm's Manufacturing Industry Group where he specializes in economic development and state and local taxation. He represents foreign and domestic companies that are locating and/or expanding their business operations in the United States. Most of his clients are in the Manufacturing sector.

Warren has assisted economic development projects representing an estimated $18 billion of capital investment and over 27,000 new jobs. Projects include work for Mercedes-Benz, Honda, ThyssenKrupp, Hyundai, KIA, Kronospan and Brown-Forman. Economic development work involves site selection, incentives negotiations and implementation, and a myriad of matters required to get a project sited, constructed, equipped and a workforce hired and trained. Warren remains involved with these economic development clients throughout their life cycles, assisting them with contractual and operational matters.

Warren has advised numerous clients on state and local tax issues including matters relating to tax incentives, sales and use tax, property tax, income tax and business license tax. This work typically involves planning advice but also includes tax litigation.

With almost 25 years of experience representing all types of nonprofit entities, Warren has successfully guided many o...

  • Negotiation and implementation of incentives for ThyssenKrupp's Project Compass located in Mobile County, Alabama, the largest private economic development project in Alabama history.
  • Negotiation and implementation of incentives for multiple expansions of Mercedes-Benz Plant located in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama.
  • Negotiation and implementation of incentives for expansion of Honda Plant located in Talladega County, Alabama.
  • Site selection and negotiation and implementation of incentives for KIA Plant located in West Point, Georgia.
  • Site selection and negotiation and implementation of incentives for Brown-Forman's Jack Daniel Cooperage Plant located in Lawrence County, Alabama.
  • Site selection and negotiation and implementation of incentives for IPSCO Steel Plant located in Mobile County, Alabama.
  • Site selection and negotiation and implementation of incentives for the Kronospan Plant located in Oxford, Alabama.

What is your favorite thing about the law?
One particular area of my practice, economic development, has allowed me to see that the work we do on the front-end leads to substantial transformations to affected communities through increased employment, new or upgraded infrastructure, and all the positive ripple effects that go with an economic development project. The difference can be as simple as a new job enabling someone to own a home versus renting one. We are part of the positive change and that is really rewarding.

What community projects are you involved in?
I was fortunate to be part of and volunteered to do the legal work for two (2) groups that brought the state high school boys and girls basketball (AHSAA Final Four) and football (Super Six) state championships to Birmingham. The state championship in any high school sport is a huge event but these organizations, in conjunction with the Alabama High School Athletic Association have taken it to a higher level and the positive impact for the schools and their athletes has been very exciting to witness first hand. I am presently the Chairman of the Greenville YMCA and we are about to undertake a substantial capital campaign. I also assist the Greenville community with various economic development projects.

What was your first job?
My first job was as a route salesperson for my mother’s family business, M.O. Carroll-Newton Company in Ozark, Alabama. I would drive throughout South Alabama, the Florida Panhandle and Southwest Georgia and pick up orders from small groceries and convenience stores for goods such as candy, canned goods, tobacco products and sport drinks. This job instilled in me that customer satisfaction is a top priority.

What are your hobbies?
Golf, basketball and tennis are the recreational sports that I continue to play. However, my favorite sport to play is squash which I infrequently play with my partner, Ben Johnson. I really enjoy coaching my kids’ basketball teams with my wife (who was a strong high school basketball player in her day). A recent golf trip to Western Ireland was my ultimate golf experience.

What advice would you give to a young law student?
When I interview law students at Vanderbilt, I always tell my interviewees the truth - law school gives you very little practical experience for practicing law; you will learn the most important aspects of the legal profession in the first three years of practice, so hang in there.


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