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Jeff has 30 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
  • 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, 2010-2017
  • Spokane Neighborhood Action Partners (SNAP) Financial Access, Board of Directors, 2019-present
    • Vice Chairman

News & Insights

Speaking Engagements

Past Appearances

  • Event
    Benton City, WA, 7.19.18
  • Speaking engagement
    Benton City, WA, 7.19.18
  • Speaking engagement
    SeaTac, WA, 4.30.15
  • “Tax Credit Programs for Creating Tribal Housing,” Tribal Economic Development, Foster Pepper PLLC
    Speaking engagement
  • “Tribal Financing Update: What Is a Management Contract Post-Lake of the Torches?,” The Seminar Group’s 10th Annual Northwest Gaming Law Summit
    Speaking engagement
  • “Year 15 – Issues and Strategies for Tax Credit Projects,” 2012 Association of Washington Housing Authorities (AWHA) Meeting
    Speaking engagement
  • “SEC Enforcement,” NABL 10th Annual Tax & Securities Law Institute
    Panel discussion
  • “Demystifying Housing in Tribal Communities,” Housing Washington Conference
    Speaking engagement
  • "Bonds and Debt Issuance,” Eastern Washington Finance Officers Association Spring Meeting
    Speaking engagement
  • “SEC Enforcement,” National Association of Bond Lawyers: 9th Annual Tax Securities Law Institute
    Speaking engagement
  • “IRS Update,” Moderator, Fourth Annual Native American Economic Development Conference
    Speaking engagement
  • “Low-Income Housing Tax Credits in Indian Country,” 2010 Tribal Housing Conference, April 2010 
    Speaking engagement
  • “Ask An Attorney – An Interactive Workshop,” PNRC-NAHRO 2010 Annual Conference: Building Partnerships & Frameworks for a New Decade
    Panel discussion
  • “Finding the Right Financing,” Law Seminars International Tribal Tax Planning & Partnership Structures Conference, February 2010
    Panel discussion
  • “SEC Enforcement,” National Association of Bond Lawyers 8th Annual Tax Securities Law Institute
    Panel discussion
  • “Economic Development Bonds and the Federal Stimulus Package: Effects on Tribal Financing,” Third Annual Native American Economic Development Conference
    Panel discussion
  • "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
    Speaking engagement
  • “Housing & Infrastructure Projects on the Reservation,” Northwest Native American Economic Development Conference
    Speaking engagement
  • “How to Leverage Tax Credits in Indian Country,” Washington State Bar Association, 21st Annual Indian Law Section Continuing Legal Education Program
    Speaking engagement
  • “Current Disclosure Issues In Primary Offerings,” NABL 2009 Tax & Securities Law Institute, March 2009
    Speaking engagement
  • “Financing Municipal Services,” City of Spokane, Your City with Mary Verner, March 2008
    Panel discussion
  • “LIHTC Transactions in Indian Country,” National Business Institute's: The Attorney's Guide to Low-Income Housing Tax Credits CLE
    Speaking engagement
  • “Update on SEC Enforcement Actions in the Municipal Markets,” National Association of Bond Lawyers 6th Annual Tax Securities Law Institute CLE
    Panel discussion
  • “Practical Considerations in Tribal Contracts,” Key Tribal Issues Seminar, October 2007
    Speaking engagement
  • “Tax Credits and the Housing Authority,” National American Indian Housing Council's Legal Symposium 2004 Program, December 2004
    Panel discussion
  • “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
    Speaking engagement
  • “Securities Law Hot Topics,” National Association of Bond Lawyers' Second Annual Tax Securities Law Institute
    Panel discussion


  • Tax Increment Financing: Why It Isn't Working Here
    Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce, 10.03


  • Washington, 1991
  • Idaho, 1992
  • 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


  • 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, 2009-2020
  • Spokane Top Lawyers, Spokane/Coeur d'Alene Living magazine, 2008-2018
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