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Overview

Bill's practice is focused on public finance, focusing on federal tax requirements and restrictions, including arbitrage and arbitrage rebate requirements, applicable to all kinds of tax-exempt obligations, including state and local bonds, qualified 501(c)(3) bonds, qualified small issue (industrial development) and exempt facility bonds.

Bill has extensive experience in general business and corporate area emphasizing federal taxation and securities regulation.

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association, Taxation Section, Member
  • American College of Bond Counsel, Regular Fellow
  • King County Bar Association
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers
  • Washington Finance Officers Association
  • Washington Public Treasurers Association
  • Washington State Association of Municipal Attorneys
  • Washington State Bar Association, Tax Law Section, Member

News & Insights

News & Insights

Publications

“Changes Proposed to Bonds with ‘Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,’" Foster Pepper News Alert, November 2017

Presentations

“Federal Tax Law Highlights and New Developments,” Tri-Cities Municipal Government & Public Finance Seminar, July 2018

“Tax,” Foster Pepper Post-Issuance Compliance for Municipal Bond Issuers, November 2016

“Financing Alternatives for Port Economic Development,” Washington Public Ports Association Finance and Administration Seminar, June 2015

Washington Association of Prosecuting Attorneys Spring Training Program, April 2015

“We Issued Bonds – Now What?” Foster Pepper Client Briefing, October 2013

“Tax Exemption,” Speaker, Bonds 101 Seminar, 2011

“New Clean Renewable Energy Bonds,” 2009 “Recovery Act Bond Finance Conference,” Speaker, Washington State Department of Community, Trade & Economic Development, 2009

“Tribal Economic Development Bonds: Strategic Financing for Business Ventures,” Northwest Native American Economic Development Conference, 2009

“Tribal Infrastructure Development,” 4th Annual Emerging Northwest Tribal Economies, 2008

“Bond Attorney Workshop,” National Association of Bond Lawyers, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1990-1992, 1987

Bond Attorney Workshop, National Association of Bond Lawyers, 1994-1996, 1988-1989

“Federal Tax Law Requirements for Tax-Exempt Bonds, Fundamentals of Municipal Bond Law Seminars,” National Association of Bond Lawyers, 1991-1994

Admissions

  • Washington, 1969

Education

LL.B., Harvard University, 1968

A.B., Northwestern University, 1965

Clerkships

  • Hon. McQuade, Idaho Supreme Court, Law Clerk, 1968-1969

Honors & Recognition

  • 2010 Top Lawyer, Seattle Metropolitan magazine
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Departmental Honors in History
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV rating
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