- Public Finance
University of Michigan Law School, J.D. 1992
Michigan State University, James Madison College and Honors College, B.A. 1989
Patrick McGow advises cities, counties, townships, villages and authorities on a broad range of infrastructure financing and related legal matters.
As bond counsel, his role is to help his clients understand their legal options and prepares the necessary documentation to authorize the issuance and sale of bonds to finance water and sewer projects, brownfield redevelopment, street and road improvements, drainage projects and economic development initiatives, among others. He also has extensive experience in tax-exempt financing for private activity bonds (solid waste and manufacturing facilities) and nonprofit and health-care financings.
In addition to serving as bond counsel in financing transactions, Patrick counsels his clients on other related matters such as special assessments, elections, millage and ballot proposals, state and federal tax issues, and other finance matters. In the area of tax increment financing, Patrick assists in establishing tax increment financing entities, such as Downtown Development Authorities, Tax Increment Finance Authorities, Local Development Finance Authorities, Brownfield Redevelopment Authorities and Corridor Improvement Authorities.
As a recognized leader in his field, Patrick has written legislation on a variety of municipal finance and tax increment financing issues.
Patrick has served as bond counsel on behalf of cities, counties, townships, drainage districts, authorities, and governmental entities of all types covering all areas of public infrastructure finance over the past 20+ years of his career. In addition, he has worked on including major economic development projects and municipal finance legislation.
Represented governmental units on several hundred municipal bond issues totaling over $3 billion dollars for water and sewer utilities, street and road projects, drainage districts, governmental buildings and equipment, parking facilities, brownfield redevelopment and other economic development projects
Represented a municipality in connection with development agreements, incentives and bond financing for over $10 million of road, water and sewer infrastructure to facilitate development of a major automotive manufacturing facility.
Acted as bond counsel on the first joint recreational authority bond financing in Michigan.
Acted as bond counsel for financing and refinancing solid waste and pollution control equipment for a major investor-owned utility company.
Crafted legislation enabling financing of unfunded pension and retiree healthcare legacy costs.
Best Lawyers in America, Public Finance Law 2010-present
DBusiness Magazine, Top Lawyers, Public Finance 2011-present
University of Michigan Law School, cum laude; Editorial Board, University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform, 1990-92
Michigan State University, with honors, Phi Beta Kappa
American Bar Association
State Bar of Michigan
Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association
National Association of Bond Lawyers
Michigan Government Finance Officers Association, Board of Directors 2009-2011; Professional Development Committee, Chairman 2005-2009
Bond Club of Detroit, Board of Directors 2013-present
Government Finance Officers Association
Michigan Municipal Treasurers Association
Civic, Cultural & Social Activities
Detroit Regional Chamber, Leadership Detroit XXIII Graduate, 2001-2002
Adoption Associates, Inc., Board Member, 2008-present
“Personal Property Tax Update,” Michigan Municipal Treasurers Association Annual Fall Conference, Frankenmuth, MI, October 8, 2014
“Bond Finance 101 – From Beginning to End”, Michigan Government Finance Officers Association Fall Institute, Boyne Falls, MI, September 23, 2014
"Debt Financing," Michigan Government Finance Officers Association Introduction to Public Finance, Lansing, MI, March 6, 2014
“Fundamentals of Organization” and “Municipal Finance Fundamentals”, Michigan Municipal League Elected Officials Academy, Frankenmuth, MI, February 8, 2014
“Pension and OPEB Bonding”, Michigan Government Finance Officers Association Fall Institute, Grand Rapids, MI, September 30, 2013
“Bond Market and Legislative Update”, Wayne County Treasurers Association Fall Conference, Livonia, MI, September 18, 2013
“Debt Financing,” Michigan Government Finance Officers Association Introduction to Public Finance, Lansing, MI, March 21, 2013
“Municipalities + School Districts: Tools for a New Era” Sustainable Government Initiative Workshop, Livonia, MI, June 9, 2011
“Best Practices in Local Government Fiscal Management”, Government Turnaround Association Emergency Manager Seminar, Lansing, MI, April 18, 2011
“Local Government Finance”, Michigan Department of Treasury Emergency Manager Seminar, Lansing, MI, February 9, 2011
“Continuing Disclosure Requirements and Rule 15c2-12: Past, Present and Future”, Michigan Governmental Finance Officers Association Fall Institute, September 21, 2009
"Fundamentals of Municipal Financing”, Michigan Townships Association Annual Conference, Detroit, MI, January 28, 2009
“Neighborhood Improvement Authorities”, Michigan Municipal League, Lansing, MI, March 7, 2008
“Government and Tribal Obligations” (Panelist), National Association of Bond Lawyers Bond Attorney Workshop, Chicago, IL, September 27, 2007
“Economic Development and Redevelopment”, Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys and Public Corporation Law Section Summer Education Conference, Mackinac Island, MI, June 22, 2007
“Brownfields: What Lies Beneath”, Michigan Government Finance Officers Association Fall Institute, Kalamazoo, MI, October 3, 2006
“Economic Development Incentives” (Panelist), Michigan Economic Development Association Spring Conference, Lansing, MI, May 12, 2006
“Economic Development Tools for Townships: DDAs, LDFAs and BRAs”, Michigan Townships Association Legal Institute for Township Attorneys, Lansing, MI, January 27, 2004
“Downtown Development Authorities: Update on Tax Increment Financing”, Michigan Downtown & Financing Association, Detroit, MI, April 26, 2002
“Economic Development Tools for Townships: Tax Increment Financing Options”, Michigan Townships Association Annual Conference, Detroit, MI, January 21, 1999
“Downtown Development Authorities and Recent Tax Increment Financing Amendments”, Michigan Development & Financing Association, Escanaba, MI, April 20, 1998
“Downtown Development Authorities and Other Tax Increment Financing Options for Townships”, Michigan Townships Association Legal Institute for Township Attorneys, Detroit, MI, January 20, 1998
“Tax Increment Financing: TIFAs, DDAs, and LDFAs”, Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants, Governmental Accounting and Auditing Conference, Lansing, MI, October 25, 1995
“Tax Increment Financing: An Economic Development Tool for Townships”, Michigan Township News, July 1998