Public Finance

What We Do

Dannis Woliver Kelley is a “Red Book” bond counsel law firm recently ranked by the State of California among the top five bond counsel firms in the state. DWK provides full-service bond, disclosure, general counsel and underwriter’s counsel services on the following types of transactions:

  • General Obligation Bonds and Bond Elections
  • Certificates of Participation (COPs)
  • Lease Financings and Private Placements
  • Note Financings (BANs, TRANs)
  • Mello-Roos CFD Formation and Bond Issuance
  • Equipment Leases
  • Refinancings
  • Energy Project Financings


Public Finance – the DWK Way

  • We are not like traditional bond counsel firms. Our unique combination of education law and public finance practice enables us to identify potential issues missed by others and resolve such issues before they become problems.
  • We are large enough to provide the depth necessary to support sophisticated issuers, but not so large that our client’s needs get lost in the high-volume practice typical of large municipal finance firms. We take the time needed to be responsive to every client’s individual concerns.
  • We pride ourselves in crafting solutions to address a district’s unique needs as they pertain to real estate, funding, construction, or litigation, and we also can help manage your citizens’ oversight committee.
  • We believe that a delivery of legal services that begins with bond issuance and continues to project implementation or construction eliminates the confusion that can arise when multiple firms must be consulted on legal questions related to bonds, and this approach provides greater cost efficiency.
  • We see a bond issuance as a means to accomplishing a client’s larger facilities and program objectives, rather than as an end in itself. We don’t abandon you once bond issuance has closed.

Sample Trainings and In-Services

  • Ready, Set, G.O.! Planning for a Successful Bond Measure
  • Engaging Community to Pass a Local Bond
  • Key Legal Aspects of Bond Measures: From Election to Issuance
  • The Importance of Ethics in Bond Financing Transactions
  • The Role of the Citizen’s Oversight Committee
  • Planning and Financing Your Future Construction Program

Interested in scheduling a training for your team?