Municipal Finance

Clark Hill represents municipal clients on the legal issues pertaining to their financial and borrowing needs. Our firm regularly acts as bond counsel to municipalities; is included in the Bond Buyer’s Municipal Marketplace as “Recognized Bond Counsel”; approved as bond counsel to Rural Development; and also serves as members of the National Association of Bond Lawyers.

Our team has extensive experience in all aspects of the issuance of tax-exempt debt by municipalities. In this regard, we provide comprehensive knowledge of the federal and state laws that govern the issuance of tax-exempt debt. In addition, our team has a thorough knowledge of the federal and state law requirements for structuring municipal bond debt, and is well-versed in state and local election laws.

Our attorneys have acted as bond counsel in a large number of tax exempt bond transactions across the country. Our abilities include many types of bond transactions, including unlimited tax general obligation bonds, revenue bonds, tax increment bonds for DDAs, LDFAs, TIFAs and Brownfield Authorities, special assessment bonds, bonds issued by various authorities, and refunding bonds. In particular, we have been bond counsel in the issuance of numerous bonds to finance the construction of water and sewer improvements.

Notably, our attorneys are skilled in the borrowing process under the Rural Development Program. We have a very strong working relationship with Rural Development officials, and an in depth understanding of the Rural Development Program, its requirements, and structure for bond issues. This experience includes handling financing projects for water and sewer systems through revenue bonds and other types of bond issues. We believe that these relationships, which we have developed over many years of practice, allow us to provide a level of representation that might not be available from other law firms.

Experience

Served as Assistant Allegheny County solicitor (1982-86).
Solicitor to The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (2008-present).
Co-Solicitor to the Allegheny County Airport Authority (May 2012-present).
Co-Solicitor to the Allegheny County Industrial Development Authority, the Allegheny County Hospital Development Authority, the Allegheny County Higher Education Building Authority and the Allegheny County Residential Finance Authority.
Represented a county in connection with the sale and transfer of delinquent real estate tax receivables
Reviewed tax-exempt equipment leases on behalf of municipal entity-lessees
Served as solicitor to an industrial development authority and a water authority, rendering advice thereto on all matters including general contracts and procurement issues, rate matters, Sunshine and Ethics Acts, investment powers, project financing, and employee benefit matters
Lead counsel in three-year defense of municipality and its officers and employees in an unprecedented lawsuit filed by a scorned real estate developer seeking recovery in excess of $80 million based on an alleged conspiracy between elected officials, municipal staff and solicitor, and community members to deny land use approval for proposed construction
Authored the winning brief in the unanimously decided Pennsylvania Supreme Court case of Sphere Drake v. PGW, 782 A.2d 510 (Pa. 2001)
Devised and executed successful legal, lobbying, and media strategy to defeat powerful and vocal institutional and community support for grant of multi-million dollar government subsidy to client's direct competitor
Represented state agency in lawsuit involving application of public bidding laws
Special Counsel to a Pennsylvania County in connection with the renovation of the former County Jail, a national historic landmark, which was converted for use as a family court building
Represented various counties in connection with the sale of county nursing homes
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