H. David Prior is a retired partner who has litigation and corporate finance experience, but has concentrated in public finance since 1970 and has extensive experience as bond counsel and underwriter's counsel in virtually every kind of tax-exempt financing. Mr. Prior has devoted substantial time to developing Ballard Spahr's tax-exempt health care and housing practice and has represented a number of state agency and local issuers of hospital and housing bonds throughout the United States.

Mr. Prior has had primary responsibility for the firm's engagements by several regional and national hospital systems, including the Lehigh Valley Health System and the Geisinger Health System in Pennsylvania, and the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor and CSJ Health System, in their nationwide financings. He has represented the Idaho, Utah, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Puerto Rico housing agencies as bond counsel and has served as underwriter's counsel for the financings of the Oregon, Idaho, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts housing agencies.

Mr. Prior has significant experience with the City of Philadelphia and its issuing agencies and has served as bond counsel to the City of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Water Department, and the Philadelphia International Airport. He also has served as special finance counsel to the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority.

Judicial Clerkships

Hon. William H. Hastie, Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 1969-1970

Professional Activities

American Bar Association
Pennsylvania Bar Association
Philadelphia Bar Association
National Association of Bond Lawyers
National Leased Housing Association, past President
National Housing Council

Speaking Engagements

Frequent lecturer at public finance, health care, and housing conferences

Board Memberships

Pennsylvania Economy League, Board of Governors, past Chair


University of Notre Dame Law School (J.D. 1969)
Member, Notre Dame Law Review

Providence College (B.A. 1966, magna cum laude)