Locke Lord’s Public Finance Practice Group is a premier, nationally-recognized public finance practice, with over 125 years of involvement 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 representing the full range of governmental and quasi-governmental issuers, special purpose entities, tax-exempt organizations and other entities and financial institutions. Locke Lord’s public finance lawyers are active in many states across the country and our clients include virtually every type of issuer in the municipal bond market, ranging from states, cities and towns, and numerous other governmental entities and conduit issuers and borrowers including, educational and healthcare institutions. The Firm’s Public Finance Practice Group has one of the largest bond counsel practices in the country.
Each year Locke Lord is an integral participant in hundreds of separate issues of tax-exempt bonds and notes totaling billions of dollars. This high volume of public finance work spans the full range of tax-exempt debt issues, including work with all different types of:
We are frequently asked to draft legislation relating to the establishment of governmental entities and the issuance of their debt. Members of the Firm also play a lead role in nationally organized efforts of bond lawyers and other industry participants to stay informed about and involved with changes in federal tax law, securities law and other aspects of the issuance of public debt, including in our members a past President of the National Association of Bond Lawyers.
Our experience, expertise and exemplary client service have earned us recognition as one of the foremost public finance law firms in the country. We are consistently ranked among the top public finance practices nationally. According to Thomson Reuters’ Full Year 2017 National Rankings, the Firm ranked 7th nationally as bond counsel for competitive deals. Overall, in 2017 the Firm served as counsel on 574 issues with an aggregate principal amount of $8.1 billion. The Firm was ranked #11 in the nation as bond counsel in 2017 by The American Lawyer Corporate Scorecard and as a Metropolitan Tier 1 Firm in the 2018 edition of the Best Lawyers in America publication. The Firm’s Public Finance practice is also ranked in Band 1, which is the highest ranking available, in Massachusetts by Chambers USA. Moreover, in recent years, the Firm has served as bond counsel to:
The Firm also served as underwriters’ counsel to: