(DALLAS) January 9, 2023 – Drew Slone has joined Locke Lord’s Public Finance Practice Group as a Partner in the Firm’s Dallas office. Her arrival further cements the Firm’s public finance presence, underwriters’ counsel and bond counsel capabilities in Texas, one of the largest and most diverse public finance markets in the country.
Joining Locke Lord from Winstead, Ms. Slone’s practice primarily focuses on the use of special districts (public improvement districts, tax increment reinvestment zones, municipal utility districts, municipal management districts and the like) and development incentives, such as Chapter 380 agreements, as tools for the development of master-planned residential and mixed-use communities. She has experience representing issuers, underwriters and developers in municipal bond and economic development transactions for governmental capital projects, residential real estate development as well as utility, education and health care projects.
“Drew is a highly skilled lawyer with an outstanding reputation in the public finance sector, and her robust practice enhances Locke Lord’s reputation as a top public finance firm in Texas and nationwide,” said Kevin Twining, Co-Chair of Locke Lord’s Public Finance Practice Group and a Partner in the Firm’s Dallas office.
“Drew’s arrival highlights the latest noteworthy lateral Partner hire in Locke Lord’s Dallas office, following the recent additions of Steve Bolden, Jani Lotz and Justin Mapes,” added Locke Lord Dallas Office Managing Partner Elizabeth Mack. “Drew is an exceptional and dynamic addition to the Dallas office and the Public Finance Group. We are thrilled she has joined us.”
Ms. Slone serves on the local Community Development and P3 Product Councils for Urban Land Institute Dallas-Fort Worth, part of the oldest and largest network of cross-disciplinary real estate and land use professionals in the world. She is a member of the Texas Women in Public Finance, Dallas Bar Association and Dallas Women Lawyers Association. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Girls on the Run DFW, a not-for-profit aimed to inspire girl empowerment by building confidence, kindness and decision-making skills, where she is Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Directors.
“I have long respected and admired the spectacular team in Locke Lord’s Dallas office, its robust bond practice throughout Texas and deep bench strength across the country,” said Ms. Slone. “I have worked with many of Locke Lord’s lawyers over the years, and I am thrilled to continue collaborating with this incredibly talented and nationally recognized team to provide clients with innovative solutions to complex issues.”
Locke Lord’s Public Finance Practice Group has one of the largest bond counsel practices in the country. For more than 130 years, the Firm has been involved in the law of public borrowing and the federal tax and securities aspects of public debt obligations. The Firm’s public finance lawyers have extensive experience nationwide serving as bond counsel, disclosure counsel, underwriters’ counsel, issuer’s counsel, borrower’s counsel, bank counsel, special tax counsel and trustee’s counsel for governmental and quasi-governmental issuers, special purpose entities, tax-exempt organizations and other entities and financial institutions.
Locke Lord consistently ranks among the top public finance practices nationally. The Firm was ranked No. 1 on The Bond Buyer’s list of top bond counsel in the nation for competitive sales during the first nine months of 2022, with 131 issues totaling $3.5 billion, the highest number of issues of any firm in the top 10. The team also ranked eighth in the nation on the Top Underwriter’s Counsel list, with 42 issues totaling $6.1 billion.
About Locke Lord LLP
Locke Lord is a full-service law firm with global reach and 20 offices designed to meet clients’ needs in the United States and around the world. The Firm has a history that spans more than 135 years and is a leader in the middle market arena. Locke Lord focuses on providing the highest levels of commitment, quality and service to clients across its five Key Sectors: Energy and Infrastructure; Finance and Financial Services; Insurance and Reinsurance; Pharmaceutical; and Private Equity. In addition, the Firm advises clients across a broad spectrum of other industries, including fund formation, venture capital, health care, public finance, real estate, technology, cybersecurity and white collar, while providing a wealth of experience through its complex litigation, intellectual property, tax, regulatory and transactional teams.
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