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Thomas D. Colis

Principal
Managing Director
Public Finance Deputy Group Leader

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+1.313.496.7677
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+1.313.963.6420
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+1.313.496.7500
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Education

University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1993

University of Rochester, B.A. 1990

Bar Admissions

Thomas Colis represents cities, counties, townships, villages, schools, libraries and authorities on a broad range of financings and associated legal matters.

He has extensive experience providing guidance to his clients on the various available legal structures and preparing the necessary documentation to authorize the issuance and sale of bonds to finance buildings, water and sewer infrastructure, road and street improvements and other capital needs. He also has vast experience in tax-exempt financing for private activity bonds (solid waste and manufacturing facilities) and nonprofit financings, including private college and university financings.

In addition to serving as bond counsel on financing transactions, Thomas counsels his clients on other related matters such as millage and ballot proposals, elections, special assessments, state and federal tax issues, and other finance matters such as cash flow borrowings.

Thomas also represents investment banking firms as underwriter’s counsel in connection with their purchase and marketing of tax-exempt bonds.

Representative Matters

Honors

Best Lawyers in America, Public Finance Law 2010-present

DBusiness Magazine, Top Lawyers, Public Finance 2011-present

University of Rochester, magna cum laude

Professional Activities

American Bar Association

State Bar of Michigan

Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association

Michigan Government Finance Officers Association, Professional Development Committee 2005-present, Chairman, 2009-present

The Bond Club of Detroit, Board of Directors, 2005-present

Hellenic Bar Association

National Association of Bond Lawyers

Speeches

“Tax-Exempt Industrial Development Revenue Bonds,” Dexter Business Summit, October 18, 2017

“Fundamentals of Municipal Financing,” Upper Peninsula Managers Fall 2017 Meeting, October 13, 2017

“New Federal Regulations Impacting Debt Issuance – What You Should Know,” Michigan Government Finance Officers Association Fall Training Institute, September 26, 2017.

“Advanced Capital Planning and Debt Management Seminar,” Michigan Government Finance Officers Association, May 9, 2017

“The Basics of Financing,” Michigan Association of Township Supervisors Midwinter Education Conference, February 10, 2017

“Bond Financing,” Michigan Government Finance Officers Association Fall Training Institute, September 20, 2016

“SEC Municipal Securities Enforcement,” Michigan Government Finance Officers Association, November 18, 2015

“Debt Management – Hot Topics,” Michigan Municipal Treasurers Association, September 21, 2015

“Options for Financing Repairs and Capital Improvements,” Macomb/St. Clair County School Business Officials, September 3, 2015

“Refunding Your Outstanding Debt,” Michigan School Business Officials, April 29, 2015

“Decisions, Decisions….Qualified vs Non-Qualified Bonds,” Michigan School Business Officials, April 29, 2015

“Debt Management,” Michigan Municipal Treasurers Association Basic Institute, April 20, 2015

“Planning, Sale and Administration of Municipal Debt,” Michigan Municipal Treasurers Association Treasurer’s Institute, May 6, 2014

“Financing Options,” Michigan Local Government Managers Association Summer Workshop, July 23, 2014

“Use of Bond Proceeds for Technology,” Michigan School Business Officials, May 8, 2014

“One Size Fits All Installment Contracts and Lease Purchase Agreements – What to Watch For,” Michigan School Business Officials, May 8, 2014

“Government Bonds – Disclosure and State and Federal Filing Requirements,” Michigan Government Finance Officers Association Fall Training Institute, October 1, 2013

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