Having served as counsel to public clients for more than 100 years, K&L Gates public finance lawyers understand the demands placed upon states and municipalities as well as those who work with them. We have represented hundreds of cities, towns, counties, states, state agencies, ports, public utilities, wastewater and transit agencies, school districts, fire districts, irrigation districts, and other public entities. We have also represented underwriters, bond trustees, credit enhancement providers, conduit borrowers, and other entities involved in public finance transactions. The firm is ranked among the nation's leaders in providing bond counsel services. In 2012, U.S. News-Best Lawyers® ranked our public finance practice as first-tier in Seattle and Spokane. Our work in 2012 as bond counsel included $2.46 billion in publicly sold bonds. Regionally, The Bond Buyer’s 2012 Far West Annual Review ranked K&L Gates second in Washington, first in Alaska, and fifth in the Far West region for the dollar volume of bond issues handled in 2012. Additionally, our municipal lawyers are listed in The Bond Buyer’s Municipal Marketplace.
While finance matters have historically been the heart of our municipal practice, we do more than just bonds. Our lawyers provide a wide variety of other legal services to our municipal clients, helping them with energy issues, planning, permitting, land acquisition, procurement, construction claims and contracts, taxation, labor matters, litigation, environmental and regulatory proceedings, and state and federal grants. We regularly work with municipal clients on open public meetings, public records policy and disclosure, and election law issues.
As bond counsel in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho, Illinois, and Montana, we provide legal services in the issuance of general obligation bonds, utility revenue bonds, assessment bonds, industrial development bonds (and other types of private activity bonds), short-term obligations (tax, revenue, and bond anticipation notes), lines of credit, lease financing, tax increment financing, 501(c)(3) bonds, and refundings. We assist clients in financing projects using new tools available under the federal recovery act, including Recovery Zone Bonds, Build America Bonds, and various tax credit bonds. We help clients identify and resolve legal, practical, and political concerns in all phases of a bond issue. In addition to our extensive experience working with issuers in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho, Montana, and Illinois, we have worked with clients elsewhere in the United States and abroad.
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