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Public finance projects are transforming our communities every day. We understand the complexities of public financing and serve clients in whatever role is necessary, including general counsel, bond counsel, disclosure counsel, borrower’s counsel and special counsel.

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Public Finance


Public finance transactions supporting health, safety and welfare can be extremely complex. Our Public Finance attorneys help you navigate any complexity and achieve an optimal outcome. We serve as general counsel, bond counsel, disclosure counsel, borrower’s counsel and special counsel for all types of public and public/private infrastructure projects. Our government clients include state agencies and authorities, counties, cities, special districts, joint powers authorities, Native American tribal authorities, and other municipal organizations. Our private sector clients include nonprofit organizations active in community education, healthcare, housing and development.

We understand the opportunities and limits for the investment and use of public funds, including federal tax and securities laws, state laws for cities, special districts, public agencies, nonprofit corporations and charter schools. Our Public Finance attorneys work with other Procopio attorneys across a wide range of disciplines, allowing us to support clients and projects large and small at highly competitive rates.

  • We finance major projects with municipal securities, including bonds, leases, notes, and bank loans
  • We prepare and defend municipal securities disclosure and audit management discussion, including due diligence, governing body approval, and dissemination
  • We examine and advise on covenant compliance, including financials, federal taxes, disclosures and audits

  • Served as lead bond counsel, disclosure counsel and borrower’s counsel for the development of a new public charter school in downtown San Diego.
  • Served as special counsel to the City of Cupertino on Apple Park: the landmark project in the heart of Silicon Valley and the largest private-sector research and development facility in the United States.
  • Created the first cover-to-cover plain English municipal bond offering document, with ongoing refinements over the past 15 years.
  • Served as bond counsel and disclosure counsel for the largest wastewater treatment facility in the western United States and the leading recycled water producer in San Diego County.
  • Won a civil RICO lawsuit that enabled a California city to recover 100% of its investment losses in land development bonds, while achieving termination of an SEC investigation of the city without any settlement or penalty.
  • Served as bond counsel for electric and water system revenue bonds and tax-exempt trust funding of retirement health care benefits (including renewable energy projects such as hydroelectric and wind power) for the Eugene Water & Electric Board.