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Public Finance

We are a nationally recognized public finance firm and have served as bond counsel, issuer’s counsel, and disclosure counsel on a wide variety of public finance matters.  We have undertaken many complex and significant financing projects, including the acquisition and improvement of water systems, wastewater facilities, parking structures, airport improvements, convention center expansions, public golf courses, low- and moderate-income housing projects, redevelopment agency financings and land based financings.


  • Formation of community facilities districts, assessment districts, community services districts, municipal water districts, nonprofit corporations and similar legal financing vehicles
  • Constitutional and legal constraints on financings
  • General obligation bonds
  • Certificates of participation
  • Lease revenue bonds
  • Special tax bonds
  • Special assessment bonds
  • Private activity bonds
  • Industrial development bonds
  • Revenue bonds
  • Water and wastewater financing
  • Airport financings

Expertise in Action

We believe in providing the highest level of professional service to our clients.  We keep abreast of the latest developments in federal and state bond, tax and securities laws.  To that end, our attorneys are members of the National Association of Bond Lawyers, and regularly attend seminars and conferences in our fields of practice.  Additionally, our attorneys have drafted California refunding legislation and other legislation related to public finance.

Our extensive experience enables us to play an effective role in the formulation of financing plans by our clients.  The bond issues undertaken on behalf of our clients have spanned from a few million dollars to upwards of sixty million dollars.  Many of the transactions have been extremely complex, including major projects such as airports and convention centers, projects located on federally protected land, and other uniquely structured transactions.

The bond practice encourages close relationships with clients, staff and officials and endeavors to create comfortable and professional relationships for information sharing and due diligence matters.  To that end, we maintain constant communication with the client throughout the transaction process.  We also provide follow up consultation following bond issuance.  In addition, our Firm includes public agency specialists with extensive knowledge on issues intimately connected with the bond issues, including those related to public works projects, municipal litigation, wastewater treatment plants, permitting and development, sewer and drainage issues, storm water and NPDES issues, environmental concerns, Proposition 218, LAFCO and elections.