Public Finance

Bond Counsel

Consistently ranked among top bond counsel firms nationally.

Meet the team

Locke Lord is recognized as one of the top bond counsel firms nationally and in Massachusetts, with more than 100 years of involvement in the law of public borrowing and the federal tax aspects of public debt obligations making us one of the oldest public finance practices in the country. Our attorneys have extensive experience serving as bond counsel to government entities as well as corporate and not-for-profit obligors in conduit financings in connection with the issuance of taxable and tax-exempt debt. With over 30 public finance professionals, Locke Lord has one of the largest bond counsel practices in the country.

Our Public Finance Group has comprehensive experience in preparing legal, tax and disclosure documentation for governmental issuers and in advising governmental, corporate and nonprofit clients on all aspects of federal tax and securities laws. During the past five years, we have participated on over 2,000 issues of taxable and tax-exempt bonds and notes totaling over $47 billion, covering a wide array of industries and projects including, but not limited to:

  • Higher education and secondary school financings
  • Health care and other not-for-profit organization financings
  • Single family and multifamily housing
  • Government purpose authority financings
  • Highway and turnpike financings
  • Water and sewer distribution facilities
  • Convention centers and arenas
  • Public power
  • Resource recovery facilities and mass transit system
  • Municipal infrastructure including school building facilities

Members of the Public Finance Group 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:

  • Past Chair of the Tax Exempt Financing Committee of the American Bar Association Tax Section
  • Fellows of the American College of Bond Counsel as well as a member of the Board of Directors
  • Members of the National Association of Bond Lawyers including frequent speakers and a Past President
  • Member of the Massachusetts Municipal Lawyer Association
  • Member of the International Municipal Lawyers Association
  • Member of Massachusetts Municipal Association