Sarah C. Smith is experienced in all aspects of public finance, and serves as bond counsel, disclosure counsel, issuer’s counsel, underwriter’s counsel, purchaser’s counsel, trustee’s counsel, placement agent counsel, and borrower’s counsel on a variety of transactions for a multitude of issues. She has worked on bond issues in these capacities for colleges, universities, community colleges, school districts, charter schools, cities, towns, villages, special districts, and other not-for-profit institutions. Additionally, Sarah has served as counsel for bond issues involving affordable housing bonds, airports, clean water, drinking water, education, energy efficiency projects, group homes, nursing homes, sports stadiums, renewable energy, telecommunications, transportation and public infrastructure.
Prior to joining the firm, Sarah worked as a public finance attorney at a law firm in Arizona and a national law firm in Wisconsin serving as bond counsel, disclosure counsel, underwriter’s counsel, and trustee’s counsel on various tax-exempt and taxable financings.
Sarah drafted legislation for an Arizona city to accelerate transportation projects and assisted the Arizona city to defend the financing of the extension of the light rail project and the new law at the trial level and the appellate level. The Arizona Supreme Court denied the appellant’s petition for review, which enabled the Arizona city to move forward with the project. Sarah drafted the first-of-its-kind transportation project advance agreement to accelerate the light rail project.