Rick practices in the public law area. His focus is public finance, serving as bond counsel, bank counsel, disclosure counsel or underwriters' counsel in tax-exempt bond transactions for school districts, junior college districts, cities, counties, state agencies and special authorities throughout Texas. He has extensive experience with education, utility and infrastructure financings. Rick has also represented various local governments on special projects, including legislative and investment matters. Rick is co-chair of the Firm's Public Law section. He also hold the following degrees: JD, 1986, with highest honors, University of Iowa, Order of the Coif, Moot Court Board, Editor and BA, 1981, Knox College. PUBLICATIONSMSRB Withdraws Pending Municipal Advisor Rule Proposals (September 14, 2011) Municipal Bond Offerings: MSRB Propose Rules of Conduct for Municipal Advisors (September 1, 2011)Legislative Alert: TWIA Finance Opportunities Under Senate Bill 3 (July 1, 2011) Municipal Bond Offerings: Proposed SEC Rule Impacts Appointed Board Members (January 7, 2011)Municipal Bond Offerings: SEC Charges State of New Jersey for Fraudulent Municipal Bond Offerings (August 19, 2010)Ratings Recalibrations and Material Event Notices (April 29, 2010)Inside the Minds™ “Public Finance Settlements and Negotiations - Breaking Down a Diverse Field” Aspatore Books (2006)PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITIONThe Best Lawyers in America, Public Finance Law (2006-2012)BRIEFINGS, SEMINARS & SPEECHES"Overview of Public Law Legislation Passed During the 82nd Legislative Session,"Estrada Hinojosa Annual Conference, Dallas, Texas (August 25, 2011)Role of Bond Counsel in a Texas City Financing (April 6, 2006)Made an industry presentation at the Texas Municipal Clerks Program (2006)AFFILIATIONSHouston Bar AssociationState Bar of Texas
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