Michele L. Bax

Partner

baxm@ballardspahr.com
Tel 602.798.5483
Fax 602.798.5595
Phoenix

Michele L. Bax represents cities, counties, and towns; development authorities; school districts; and other special issuers in all areas of public finance. She serves as counsel for bonds, notes, special taxes, underwriters, issuers, and trustees in connection with revenue and tax-exempt general obligation bonds.

Michele represents clients such as educational and health care institutions, municipalities, and financial institutions throughout Arizona and the Southwest. She acts as underwriters' and bond counsel for charter school financings. Michele also represents banks in the purchase of both taxable and tax-exempt bonds.

Representative Matters

  • Served as bond counsel in connection with the Industrial Development Authority of the County of Maricopa Hospital Revenue Bonds (HonorHealth), Series 2019A, Series 2019B and Series 2019C
  • Served as bond counsel in connection with the Arizona Board of Regents, acting for and on behalf of Arizona State University, for Revenue Bonds, Series 2020A, Series 2020B and 2020C
  • Served as bond counsel in connection with the University Student Athletic Facilities LLC Lease Revenue Bonds (Northern Arizona University Project) Series 2020
  • Served as special counsel in connection with the Rio Nuevo Multipurpose Facilities District Certificates of Participation (City of Tucson Convention Center Expansion Project) Series 2019
  • Served as underwriter’s counsel in connection with The Industrial Development Authority of the County of Maricopa, Education Revenue Bonds (Legacy Traditional Schools Project), Series 2019A, Series 2019B, and Series 2019C
  • Served as underwriter’s counsel in connection with Arizona Industrial Development Authority Education Revenue Bonds (Candeo Schools, Inc. Project), Series 2020A and Series 2020B
  • Served as bond counsel in connection with Kaweah Delta Health Care District (Tulare County, California) Revenue Bonds, Series 2020A and Series 2020B

Professional Activities

American Bar Association

State Bar of Arizona

National Association of Bond Lawyers

Arizona Women Lawyers Association - Past Member, Steering Committee; Past Co-Chair, Anniversary Funds Committee

Recognition & Accomplishments

Recognized as one of "Forty Under 40" by Phoenix Business Journal, 2011

The Best Lawyers in America, public finance law, 2018-2020

Publications

Co-author, "Getting Help with ADR," Business Law Today, 2001

Community Activities

The Associates Club - past member

Florence Crittenton of Arizona Teaming Up For Kids, committee member - past member

Valley of the Sun 20/30 Club - past member

Board Memberships

Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis Alumni Association - Member, Board of Directors, and Faculty Grants Committee

Valley Youth Theatre, a nonprofit and award-winning children's theatre in Phoenix - past board member

Annunciation Catholic School - Member, Advisory Board (Vice Chair), Parents Caring for Home and School Association (President), Steering Committee, Board of Directors, Finance Committee, and Strategic Planning Committee

The Indiana University, Indianapolis Robert H. McKinney School of Law (J.D. 2001, magna cum laude)
Member, Indiana Law Review; Dean's Advisory Board; Dean's Tutorial Society

Butler University (B.S. 1998, cum laude)

Arizona