June 18, 2015 – Locke Lord’s Jennifer Capasso Mendonça, a Senior Associate in the Firm’s Public Finance Practice Group, has been selected to serve on Greater Boston Legal Services’ (GBLS) Board of Directors for a three-year term. GBLS provides free legal assistance and representation on civil matters to hundreds of the neediest residents in the city of Boston and 31 surrounding cities and towns.
Mendonça has been involved in fundraising efforts for GBLS since she started working at the Firm. She has been co-chairing the annual GBLS Associates/Counsel drive in the Boston office for many years, and commencing in 2014 (and again this year) she is also serving as co-chair of the City-wide drive. During this time, the Firm’s Boston office has achieved numerous awards as a “star performer” in the large firm category.
Mendonça focuses her practice exclusively on all aspects of governmental and tax-exempt finance, as bond counsel, borrower’s counsel, underwriter’s counsel, bank counsel and disclosure counsel in a broad variety of tax-exempt and taxable financings. She has extensive experience serving as bond counsel, borrower’s counsel and underwriter’s counsel for taxable and tax-exempt borrowings for a variety of educational, healthcare and charitable institutions such as Brown University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Boston College, Boston University, Emerson College, Northeastern University, Smith College, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Institute and Boston Children’s Hospital, among others. She also serves as bond counsel to the Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency, the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority, the Illinois Housing Development Authority and the City of Chicago in connection with single family and multifamily affordable housing transactions, as well as disclosure counsel to the Massachusetts Port Authority. Mendonça was recently selected as a leader in her field by Chambers USA 2015 in Massachusetts Banking and Finance: Public Finance.
Active in the Boston community, Mendonça is a board member and serves as co-chair of the Associates Committee of Boston Women in Public Finance, Inc., an organization that advances leadership and educational opportunities for public and private sector women in finance and government in the Greater Boston area. She was a member of the 2014 class of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce’s Boston’s Future Leaders Program. In 2015, Mendonça was honored as an “Up & Coming Lawyer” by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.
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