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Practice areas & skills: Public Finance & Tax Exempt Finance, Bankruptcy & Debt, Civil Rights, Social Security, Lawsuits & Disputes
I have been at Hawley Troxell since 1983 after beginning my legal career at Willkie Farr & Gallagher in New York City. I grew up in Idaho and returned to raise a family, now all out of college (pictured above). My motto for law practice is I as...
Practice areas & skills: Public Finance & Tax Exempt Finance, Corporate & Incorporation, Venture Capital
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Much of the financing for state and local needs, like schools, roads, and affordable housing, comes from the sale of tax-exempt municipal bonds to investors. Basically, investors are loaning the government the money for construction costs; in exchange investors receive tax-free interest payments on their loan. Lawyers who understand public finance issues help the government meet the legal requirements for the sales process and package the bonds for sale. Since different levels of risk are associated with loaning to different government organizations, bond and public finance attorneys also help investors calculate the risks before making such loans.