Pauline Schneider
Pauline Schneider

Pauline A. Schneider

Special Counsel
Tel 202.661.2249
Fax 202.661.2299
Washington, DC

Pauline A. Schneider has more than 25 years of experience serving as bond counsel, underwriter’s counsel, special counsel, or disclosure counsel and has provided legal advice on billions of dollars' worth of public finance transactions.

Ms. Schneider focuses on transactional public finance matters, including the representation of state and local governments, borrowers, underwriters, investment bankers, and credit enhancement providers on a wide range of complex general obligation and revenue bond financings. 

Before entering private practice, Ms. Schneider served in the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs/Secretary to the Cabinet during the Carter administration and as director of the Office of Intergovernmental Relations for the District of Columbia.

Representative Matters

  • Served as bond counsel on the inaugural issue of revenue bonds secured by revenues from the Dulles Toll Road, the proceeds of which, together with federal and state grants, will be used to extend metro rail to Dulles International Airport and beyond
  • Represented the underwriter and/or airports in bond and note financings valued in excess of $5 billion secured by general airport revenue, passenger facility charge revenues, or special facility revenues, including one issue in excess of $1.01 billion 
  • Served as bond or underwriter's counsel to various state and municipal governments on general obligation financings ranging from $4 million to over $1 billion 
  • Acted as bond counsel on a $542 million revenue bond financing of an instrumentality of a territorial government that included five series of new money and refunding bonds for working capital and capital projects with senior and subordinate liens, portions of which were AMT and non-AMT, taxable and tax-exempt 
  • Acted as bond counsel or underwriter's counsel for two state housing agencies on numerous multifamily and single-family housing financings issued under standalone and open indentures, structured with housing tax credits, letters of credit, bond insurance, FHA insurance, GNMA and FNMA credit enhancement 
  • Represented underwriters or consortium of banks on a sports arena financing and convention center financing, each secured by revenues generated through special tax assessments on businesses expected to benefit from development of those facilities 
  • Served as bond counsel to a large municipality on dozens of issues of conduit revenue bonds on behalf of 501 (c)(3) corporations (primarily hospitals, elementary and secondary schools and colleges), or businesses located in enterprise zones 
  • Acted as bond or underwriter's counsel on several tax increment bond financings for projects designed to generate economic development in large urban center
  • Represented a developer in negotiation of lease of air rights and in zoning relating to development of air rights parcel and in subsequent sale of the air rights lease to a new developer
  • Served as bond counsel on a financing to pay the portion of the costs for a new convention center headquarters hotel in a transaction that consisted of tax-exempt and taxable revenue bonds, including tax increment and economic recovery bonds
  • Served as bond counsel on the first pilot revenue bond financing in the District, the proceeds of which were used to build the first new elementary school in Washington, D.C., in more than 40 years
  • Directed the District of Columbia Office of Intergovernmental Relations and served on the staff of the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, handling legislative and policy matters for the mayor of the District and President of the United States

Professional Activities

American Bar Association 

District of Columbia Bar

National Bar Association

National Association of Bond Lawyers

American Law Institute

Recognition & Accomplishments

The Best Lawyers in America, banking and finance law, public finance law, 2001-2016

The Legal 500 US, finance – municipal bankruptcy, 2015

Who's Who in the East and Who's Who in the United States, 2005-2013

Recipient, Woman of Achievement Award, Anti-Defamation League, 2001

Recipient, Outstanding Alumni Award, Rowan University, 2001

Recipient, Woman of Genius Award, Trinity College, 2000

Recipient, Margaret Brent Award, ABA Commission on Women, 1999

Recipient, President's Award, National Association of Women Lawyers, 1998

Board Memberships

Pepco Holdings, Inc., former member, Board of Directors

Access Group, Inc., former member, Board of Directors

National Partnership for Women & Families, Board of Trustees

The Shakespeare Theatre, Board of Trustees

Rowan University Foundation, Board of Trustees

WETA, Board of Trustees

Diamond Management and Technology Consultants, Inc., former board member

University of Maryland, Baltimore Foundation, former member, Board of Trustees

Yale Law School (J.D. 1977)

Howard University (M.U.S., Master of Urban Studies, 1972)

Graduate work in international relations at Syracuse University

Glassboro State College (now Rowan University) (B.A. 1965)

District of Columbia