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Katrina Piligian Desmond

Certified Public Accountant




University of Michigan Law School, J.D. 2011

University of Notre Dame, B.B.A. 2008

Bar Admissions

Katrina is one of a very small number of attorneys nationwide who work extensively in the area of law dealing with the highly complex Internal Revenue Code Section 103, specializing in the rules relating to the issuance and post-issuance compliance for tax-advantaged bonds.

Katrina has extensive experience in matters related to federal tax opinions on tax-exempt bonds, financing capital projects and infrastructure improvements, economic development and environmental response projects, government and regulatory affairs, health care and housing, including tax structuring for New Market Tax Credit financings, and other public-private partnership transactions.

Representative Matters


Michigan Lawyers Weekly Influential Women of Law, Class of 2023

Best Lawyers in America, Ones to Watch, Public Finance Law, 2021-present

State Bar of Michigan Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2021-present

40 Under 40, Crain's Detroit Business, 2020

DBusiness Magazine, Top Lawyers, Tax Law, 2020-present

Super Lawyers Rising Star, Government Finance, 2017-present

Michigan Lawyers Weekly Up and Coming Lawyer, 2016

University of Michigan Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, Honors Legal Practice and Legal Practice Award, Senior Judge, Legal Practice Program, Administrative Law and Real Estate Finance Certificates of Merit

University of Notre Dame, B.B.A., summa cum laude, Dean's List, Elmer Layden Award for Accounting Excellency, Beta Alpha Psi Honors Society, Tax Assistance Program

Professional Activities

National Association of Bond Lawyers Editorial Committee

Michigan Women in Finance, Board Member, 2017-present; Secretary, 2020-2021; Vice President, 2021-2022

American Bar Association

State Bar of Michigan

Michigan Association of CPAs

Civic, Cultural & Social Activities

Angels Place, Advisory Board

Accounting Aid Society