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Briggs and Morgan was one of the first law firms in Minnesota to provide public finance services to municipalities, investment bankers, developers, bond trustees, nonprofit borrowers and others. Our public finance practice was established in the early 1940s as an outgrowth of our prior involvement in public finance litigation, including a landmark Minnesota Supreme Court decision authorizing municipalities to issue electric utility revenue bonds.

Serving clients in Minnesota, the Upper Midwest, and across the country, our public finance attorneys and paralegals work on all types of public finance matters, including general obligation bonds, revenue bonds, tax increment financings, 501(c)(3) bonds, charter school financings, exempt facility financings, rental housing bonds, public facilities and private activity revenue bonds. We render opinions in transactions totaling in excess of $1 billion annually.

Our activities at the national level keep us in touch with all developments in public finance, both in Washington and on Wall Street. Our clients rely on Briggs and Morgan to provide high-quality legal counsel for all types of public financing transactions as well as legal services in areas related to public finance such as federal and state taxation, securities, real estate, eminent domain, environmental law, construction law, municipal law, and financial services.

Working with our real estate and banking groups, we have prepared and negotiated hundreds of development agreements for our clients. Many of our clients are engaged in infrastructure improvement, privatization, economic development, housing development, and public project development.

Briggs and Morgan provides timely advice and guidance on changing federal and state law, assists bond trustees and municipalities in workout situations for troubled bond projects, and monitors legislative action in public finance on behalf of municipal and private clients.

Our attorneys are active in the National Association of Bond Lawyers, American College of Bond Counsel, Minnesota Institute of Public Finance, Association of Local Housing Finance Agencies, Council of Infrastructure Financing Authorities, Economic Development Association of Minnesota, League of Minnesota Cities, Minnesota Association of Small Cities, Minnesota Government Finance Officers Association, and Minnesota National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials. 

Our clients include nearly every kind of participant in public finance transactions. We represent small and large cities, state agencies, economic development agencies, port authorities, housing authorities, health care entities, joint powers boards, school districts, counties, banks and other financial institutions, and special-purpose districts as well as investment bankers and underwriters, insurance companies, corporate fiduciaries (trustees), nonprofit borrowers, developers, and contractors.

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