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Experienced Public Finance Attorney Jean Everett Joins Ballard Spahr

May 16, 2021

Jean S. Everett, who has more than two decades of experience with high-value public finance transactions for significant social infrastructure projects, has joined Ballard Spahr in its Philadelphia office, the firm announced today.

Ms. Everett focuses on tax, arbitrage, and related aspects of public finance transactions for a wide range of projects, including affordable housing, university dormitories, and continuing care retirement communities. Her experience also encompasses transactions involving public and parochial school facilities, charter schools, hospitals, nursing homes, and environmental projects such as water treatment and solid waste disposal facilities. She has served as bond counsel, underwriter’s counsel, bank counsel, and developer’s counsel, and has managed transactions, teams, and closings.

At Ballard Spahr, Ms. Everett is Of Counsel and a member of the firm’s nationally recognized Finance Department and Public Finance Practice Group.

“We are excited to add Jean to our already-strong national public finance team, which has been a mainstay in the industry for many decades,” Public Finance Group co-Leader Valarie J. Allen said. “Jean’s deep experience and wide-ranging skills dovetail well with our practice, particularly in the realm of affordable housing finance, where we are proud to rank among the largest and most accomplished groups in the country.”

Ms. Everett’s work spans deals involving tax-exempt and taxable bonds, tax credits, and other government subsidies, with a concentration in analyzing and advising on transactions in which bond interest is eligible for exclusion from holder income under Section 103 of the Tax Code. She assists issuers, 501(c)(3) borrowers, and other conduit borrowers with responses to IRS examinations of bond transactions. Her work with nonprofit sponsors includes affordable housing developments that provide supportive services such as community centers, wellness facilities, and educational components, financed by tax-exempt bonds and low income housing tax credits, and which frequently leverage other federal, state, and local government subsidies as well.

Ms. Everett joins one of the premier public finance practices in the country, which has participated in the issuance of more than $1 trillion of tax-exempt obligations in all states, the District of Columbia, and American territories.

“I was attracted by Ballard Spahr’s well-known reputation for excellence in public finance and teamwork-driven approach to transactions,” Ms. Everett said. “My experience working with a range of public and private-sector organizations fits well with the firm’s commitment to provide the very best in finance transactional counsel to our clients.”

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