Ice Miller LLP has served as bond counsel, disclosure counsel and special counsel to local governments since its founding in 1910.
Our attorneys have served as bond counsel to the City of Chicago, State of Illinois and also numerous Illinois counties, villages, cities, school districts, park districts, forest preserve districts and authorities. Each year, in our Illinois, Indiana and Ohio offices, we approve 330 to 400 long-term municipal financings with a total principal of up to $6.8 billion.
Our Illinois attorneys also regularly act as disclosure counsel to hundreds of Illinois units of government and as underwriters counsel to most municipal bond underwriters. Ice Miller attorneys are prominent in national bond attorney groups such as the National Association of Bond Lawyers and the American College of Bond Counsel. In addition to holding leadership positions in professional organizations, Ice Miller bond lawyers regularly brief industry groups on contemporary issues as well as serve as counsel to several of these organizations.
Firmwide, 30 lawyers, including Illinois lawyers Bruce Agin (30 years experience), Jim Snyder (28 years experience) and Steve Washington (20 years experience) devote their practice to municipal finance. Bruce, Jim and Steve are joined by Bob Schillerstrom, Mark Huddle, Shelly Scinto, Austin Root, practice group specialist Kathy Thomas, and paralegal Jenine Phillips to form our Illinois bond team.
Ice Miller has been ranked among national leaders in many types of government financings, including financings for schools, higher education, hospitals, infrastructure, tax increment and economic development transactions.
According to the 2016 Thomson Reuters Annual Municipal Reports, our Illinois bond lawyers ranked with respect to long-term Illinois municipal bond issues:
#1 in number of issues as underwriter’s counsel
#2 in number of issues as bond counsel
#4 in par amount as underwriter’s counsel
#5 in par amount as bond counsel
#2 in number of issues as disclosure counsel
We dedicate all resources needed to provide our clients with timely, efficient and nationally recognized bond counsel services of the highest quality at reasonable costs. Our goal is to understand our clients' capital and financing needs and to assist them creatively to achieve their financing goals.