Columbia Law School, J.D., 1976

St. Olaf College, B.A., 1971

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota
  • U.S. Supreme Court


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Trudy Halla is a former head of the Public Finance group and has served as an officer and a member of the firm's board of directors. She is a member of the Financial Institutions and Real Estate section and practices principally in the areas of:

  • Public finance
  • Commercial lending

For more than 35 years, she has provided services to all sides of a tax-exempt bond transaction as bond counsel and as counsel to issuers, underwriters, credit enhancers and borrowers. Trudy concentrates her practice in private activity industrial revenue bonds, multifamily housing bonds, and bonds issued for nonprofit 501(c)(3) entities. 

Trudy has lectured at seminars for attorneys on tax-exempt financing and related topics.

Honors & Awards

  • Top Women in Finance, Finance and Commerce, 2007
  • Myra Bradwell Award, Minnesota Women Lawyers, 2007
  • Top 100 Women Super Lawyers, Minnesota Super Lawyers
  • Exemplary Woman of the Community, WOW Award, Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce, 2004
  • Attorney of the Year, Minnesota Lawyer, 2004
  • Leading Minnesota Attorney
  • Leading American Attorney
  • Professionalism Award, Hennepin County Bar Association, 2002
  • Fellow, American College of Bond Lawyers
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation


Trudy's representative experience includes:

  • Acted as bond counsel on financing and refinancing for a regional nonprofit medical provider with facilities in six Minnesota communities.
  • Acted as bond counsel for tax-exempt lease revenue bonds issued by the Public Facilities Authority, a nationwide conduit bond issuer, for a New Mexico charter school.
  • Acted as bond counsel for financing for 45 group homes for disabled adults in fifteen Minnesota communities.
  • Acted as bond counsel on ten transactions financing or refinancing senior housing, assisted living, skilled nursing care and continuing care communities in Minnesota and North Dakota.

Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association, Member

  • Minnesota State Bar Delegate, House of Delegates

Minnesota State Bar, Member

  • Katrina Relief Fund Task Force, Member, 2005-2006
  • Board of Governors, Member
  • Task Force on Minority Hiring, Member, 1985-1987
  • Long Range Planning Committee, 2000-2001
  • Executive Committee, Member, 1997-2000
  • Operations Committee, Member, 2001-2004

Minnesota Women Lawyers, Member

  • President, 2003-2004
  • Advisory Board

Fellows of the American Bar Association, Member

  • Minnesota Fellows Co-Chair

Lex Mundi - World Ready - The World's Leading Network of Independent Law Firms

  • Women and the Law Committee, Former Chair

Western Golf Association

  • Board of Directors, Member

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Minnesota Chapter

  • Current President
  • Imagination Ball, Co-Chair, 2006

Hennepin County Bar Association, Member

  • Governing Council, 1997-2004
  • Nominating Committee, 1992-1993, 1999-2001
  • President, 1995-1996
  • Vice President, 1994-1995
  • Secretary, 1993-1994
  • Ethics Committee, 1990-1993
  • Bar Exam Committee, 1992

National Conference of Bar Presidents, Member

Metropolitan Bar Caucus

  • Executive Committee, 1993-1996

Hennepin County Bar Foundation, 1993-1997

  • Board Member
  • Governing Council, Former Member

Junior League of St. Paul, Member

National Association of Bond Lawyers

  • Director, 1983-1985
  • Treasurer, 1985-1988

Volunteer Lawyers Network, Member

  • Board of Directors, 1993-1997