Holly V. Horsley

New Jersey

Holly advises issuers, underwriters, banks and borrowers in the structuring, issuance, offering, placement, remarketing, and restructuring of tax-exempt and taxable municipal securities and other debt instruments and derivatives. She is also Co-Leader of the firm's Ballard Women Business Resource Group and Co-Leader of the Public Finance Group's Independent, Parochial and Charter School Financings Team.

Holly serves as bond, borrower's, underwriter's, bank, and disclosure counsel to clients across the United States. Her practice focuses on tax-exempt and taxable conduit financings for hospitals and health care systems, higher education institutions, charter schools, continuing care retirement communities, and various not-for-profit organizations. She also has experience in affordable housing, including multifamily and senior housing projects.

Before joining Ballard Spahr, Holly worked at Foley & Judell LLP in New Orleans.

Professional Highlights

Professional Activities

Pennsylvania Association of Bond Lawyers

National Association of Bond Lawyers (NABL)

National Women in Public Finance

Recognition & Accomplishments

Holly and other members of her respective financing teams were awarded The Bond Buyer's 2007 Southeast Regional Deal of the Year for a student housing project for Grambling State University, and 2006 Southeast Regional Deal of the Year for the renovation and restoration of the Louisiana Superdome following Hurricane Katrina.

Named among The Bond Buyer's "Rising Stars," 2019

Named among the New Jersey Law Journal's "New Leaders of the Bar," 2018

Speaking Engagements

Moderator, "The Future of Green Bond Financing," Green Infrastructure Conference, Environmental Law Institute, October 25, 2023

Moderator, "A Resilient New Orleans For All," New Orleans Entrepreneur Week, March 29, 2023

Presenter, "Hot Topics in Charter School Financing," National Investment Banking Firm, August 1, 2018

Presenter, "Rule 15c2-12 and SEC Municipal Enforcement," National Investment Banking Firm, December 15, 2015

Panelist, "MCDC Initiative for Conduit Borrowers," New Jersey Educational Facilities Authority webinar, October 21, 2014


Co-author, "Charter School Bond Financing," National Association of Bond Lawyers, September, 2020



Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center (J.D. and B.Civil Law 2005)

Louisiana State University (B.S. 2002)


New Jersey