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Jeff has more than 20 years of experience practicing in the area of tax-advantaged financing, including the syndication of federal tax credits and the issuance of tax-exempt bonds.

Jeff has substantial experience representing cities, Indian tribes, public housing authorities and other local governments. In addition, Jeff represents investment banking firms as underwriters' counsel on municipal securities offerings.

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association, Forum on Affordable Housing and Community Development Law, Member
  • American College of Bond Counsel, Fellow, 2008-Present
  • California State Bar Association, Member, 1990-Present
  • Idaho State Bar, Member, 1992-Present
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers, Member
    • Board of Directors, 2006-2009
    • Education Committee, Chair, 2004-2006
    • Inaugural Tax and Securities Law Institute, Co-Chair, 2003
    • Steering Committee for Bond Attorneys Workshop, 2000-2002
    • Washington Seminar, Vice Chair, 2002
  • State Bar of Montana, Member, 1997-Present
  • Washington Attorneys Assisting Community Organizations, Member
    • Board of Directors, 2003-2004
  • Washington Finance Officers Association, Affiliate Member
  • Washington Public Treasurers Association, Associate Member
  • Washington State Association of Municipal Attorneys, Member
  • Washington State Bar Association, Member, 1991-present
    • Rules of Professional Conduct Committee, 2004
    • Indian Law Section

Community Activities

  • Downtown Spokane Partnership
    • Board of Directors, Chair, 2007-2008
    • Board of Directors, Member, 2003-2011
  • Downtown Spokane Ventures Association
    • Board of Directors, Chair, 2003-2005
    • Board of Directors, Member, 2001-2005
  • Mayor's Affordable Housing Task Force (Spokane, WA), Member, 2007
  • Northeast Public Development Authority, Board of Director, Member, 2012-2013
  • Spokane Housing Authority
    • Board of Commissioners, Chair, 2012-2013
    • Board of Commissioners, Vice Chair, 2011
    • Board of Commissioners, Member, 2010-present
  • Spokane Neighborhood Action Partners (SNAP) Financial Access, Board of Directors, 2019-present

News & Insights

News & Insights

Presentations

  • "Cooperative Agreements, Interlocal Agreements, and Affordable Housing," Tri-Cities Municipal Government & Public Finance Seminar, July 2018
  • "L&I Prevailing Wage Issues," 2015 WHAAP Annual Conference, October 2015
  • "Association of Washington Housing Authorities Spring Meeting," April 2015
  • "Tax Credit Programs for Creating Tribal Housing," Tribal Economic Development, Foster Pepper PLLC, February 2013
  • "Tribal Financing Update: What is a Management Contract Post-Lake of the Torches?" The Seminar Group’s 10th Annual Northwest Gaming Law Summit, December 2012
  • "Year 15 – Issues and Strategies for Tax Credit Projects," 2012 Association of Washington Housing Authorities (AWHA) Meeting, April 2012
  • "SEC Enforcement," NABL 10th Annual Tax & Securities Law Institute, Savannah, GA, March 2012
  • "Demystifying Housing in Tribal Communities," Housing Washington Conference, September 2011
  • "Bonds and Debt Issuance," Eastern Washington Finance Officers Association Spring Meeting, May 2011
  • "Low-Income Housing Tax Credits: Structuring for and Accomplishing a Successful ‘Exit’" PNRC-NAHRO Annual Conference: The Future of Affordable Housing, May 2011
  • "SEC Enforcement," National Association of Bond Lawyers: 9th Annual Tax Securities Law Institute, March 2011
  • "IRS Update," Fourth Annual Native American Economic Development Conference, October 2010
  • "Low-Income Housing Tax Credits in Indian Country," 2010 Tribal Housing Conference, April 2010
  • "Ask an Attorney – An Interactive Workshop," PNRC-NAHRO 2010 Annual Conference: Building Partnerships & Frameworks for a New Decade, April 2010
  • "SEC Enforcement," National Association of Bond Lawyers 8th Annual Tax Securities Law Institute, February 2010
  • "Finding the Right Financing," Law Seminars International Tribal Tax Planning & Partnership Structures Conference, February 2010
  • "Economic Development Bonds and the Federal Stimulus Package: Effects on Tribal Financing," Third Annual Native American Economic Development Conference, September 2009
  • "101 Things (or at Least the Top 10) to Consider When Borrowing Money - A Bond Lawyer's Perspective," Association of Public Treasurers in the United States and Canada, 44th Annual APT US&C Conference, July 2009
  • "Housing & Infrastructure Projects on the Reservation," Northwest Native American Economic Development Conference, Tulalip, WA, June 2009
  • "How to Leverage Tax Credits in Indian Country," Washington State Bar Association, 21st Annual Indian Law Section Continuing Legal Education Program, May 2009
  • "Current Disclosure Issues in Primary Offerings," NABL 2009 Tax & Securities Law Institute, March 2009
  • "Financing Municipal Services," City of Spokane, Your City with Mary Verner, March 2008
  • "LIHTC Transactions in Indian Country," National Business Institute's: The Attorney's Guide to Low-Income Housing Tax Credits CLE, February 2008
  • "Update on Sec Enforcement Actions in the Municipal Markets," National Association of Bond Lawyers 6th Annual Tax Securities Law Institute CLE, February 2008
  • "Practical Considerations in Tribal Contracts," Key Tribal Issues Seminar, October 2007
  • "Tax Credits and the Housing Authority," National American Indian Housing Council's Legal Symposium 2004 Program, December 2004
  • "Tribal Financing in the New Millennium: Traditional Borrowing, Bond Finance & Conduit Financing," Washington State Bar Association's Indian Law Section 16th Annual Indian Law CLE, May 2004
  • "Securities Law Hot Topics," National Association of Bond Lawyers' Second Annual Tax Securities Law Institute, February 2004

Publications

  • "SEC Adopts Rule 15c2-12 Amendments," Foster Pepper News, August 2018
  • "Reminder for Operators of Qualified Residential Rental Projects – New Form 8703 To Be Used For Filings Due March 31, 2012," Foster Pepper News, March 2012
  • "Tax Increment Financing: Why It Isn't Working Here," Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce, October 2, 2003

Admissions

  • Washington, 1991
  • Idaho, 1992
  • Montana, 1997
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, District of Idaho
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, 1990
  • Tulalip Tribal Court, 2008

Education

  • J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law, 1990
  • B.A., University of California at Berkeley, 1987

Honors & Recognition

  • The Best Lawyers in America© Municipal Law, 2010-present
    • Best Lawyers® 2019 Municipal Law "Lawyer of the Year" in Spokane
  • Washington Super Lawyers list, 2009-2019
  • Spokane Top Lawyers, Spokane/Coeur d'Alene Living magazine, 2008-2018
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