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Patrick F. McGow

Principal
Public Finance Group Leader

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Education

University of Michigan Law School, J.D. 1992

Michigan State University, James Madison College and Honors College, B.A. 1989

Bar Admissions

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.

Representative Matters

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 for more than 20 years of his career.  In addition, he has worked on including major economic development projects and municipal finance legislation.

Honors

U.S. News & World Report, Best Lawyers in America, Public Finance Law, 2010-present; Lawyer of the Year, Public Finance Law, 2018

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

Professional Activities

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; President, 2018

Government Finance Officers Association

Michigan Municipal Treasurers Association

Michigan Downtown Association

Civic, Cultural & Social Activities

Detroit Regional Chamber, Leadership Detroit XXIII Graduate, 2001-2002

Adoption Associates, Inc., Board Member, 2008-2015

Speeches

“Fundamentals of Organization” and “Municipal Finance Fundamentals," Michigan Municipal League Elected Officials Academy, Frankenmuth, Michigan, Feb. 24, 2018

“Personal Property Tax Reform Update,” Michigan Government Finance Officers Association – Michigan Municipal Treasurers Association Spring Seminar, East Lansing, Michigan, March 31, 2017

"Debt Financing," Michigan Government Finance Officers Association Introduction to Public Finance, East Lansing, Michigan, March 30, 2017

“Fundamentals of Organization” and “Municipal Finance Fundamentals," Michigan Municipal League Elected Officials Academy, Frankenmuth, Michigan, Feb. 18, 2017

“History of Mackinac Bridge – Bond Financing Story,” Emmet County Essence of Emmet Presentation, Petoskey, Michigan, April 27, 2016

“Downtown Development Authorities and Downtown Financing Tools,” Michigan Government Finance Officers Association – Michigan Municipal Treasurers Association Spring Seminar, East Lansing, Michigan, March 5, 2016

"Debt Financing," Michigan Government Finance Officers Association Introduction to Public Finance, East Lansing, Michigan, March 4, 2016

“Fundamentals of Organization” and “Municipal Finance Fundamentals," Michigan Municipal League Elected Officials Academy, Frankenmuth, Michigan, Feb. 27, 2016

"Other Post Employment Benefit Bonds," Michigan Government Finance Officers Association Fall Institute, Mackinac Island, Michigan, Oct. 6, 2015

"Tax Increment Financing - Old, New Issues," Michigan Government Finance Officers Association Fall Institute, Mackinac Island, Michigan, Oct. 5, 2015

“Fundamentals of Organization” and “Municipal Finance Fundamentals," Michigan Municipal League Elected Officials Academy, Frankenmuth, Michigan, Feb. 21, 2015

"Debt Financing," Michigan Government Finance Officers Association Introduction to Public Finance, Lansing, Michigan, Feb. 19, 2015

“Personal Property Tax Update,” Michigan Municipal Treasurers Association Annual Fall Conference, Frankenmuth, Michigan, Oct. 8, 2014

“Bond Finance 101 – From Beginning to End," Michigan Government Finance Officers Association Fall Institute, Boyne Falls, Michigan, Sept. 23, 2014

"Debt Financing," Michigan Government Finance Officers Association Introduction to Public Finance, Lansing, Michigan, March 6, 2014

“Fundamentals of Organization” and “Municipal Finance Fundamentals," Michigan Municipal League Elected Officials Academy, Frankenmuth, Michigan, Feb. 8, 2014

“Pension and OPEB Bonding," Michigan Government Finance Officers Association Fall Institute, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Sept. 30, 2013

“Bond Market and Legislative Update," Wayne County Treasurers Association Fall Conference, Livonia, Michigan, Sept. 18, 2013

“Debt Financing,” Michigan Government Finance Officers Association Introduction to Public Finance, Lansing, Michigan, March 21, 2013

“Municipalities + School Districts: Tools for a New Era,” Sustainable Government Initiative Workshop, Livonia, Michigan, June 9, 2011

“Best Practices in Local Government Fiscal Management," Government Turnaround Association Emergency Manager Seminar, Lansing, Michigan, April 18, 2011

“Local Government Finance," Michigan Department of Treasury Emergency Manager Seminar, Lansing, Michigan, Feb. 9, 2011

“Continuing Disclosure Requirements and Rule 15c2-12: Past, Present and Future," Michigan Governmental Finance Officers Association Fall Institute, Sept. 21, 2009

"Fundamentals of Municipal Financing," Michigan Townships Association Annual Conference, Detroit, Michigan, Jan. 28, 2009

“Neighborhood Improvement Authorities," Michigan Municipal League, Lansing, Michigan, March 7, 2008

Publications

“Tax Increment Financing: An Economic Development Tool for Townships," Michigan Township News, July 1998 

"Municipal Finance After the Detroit Bankruptcy," Michigan Bar Journal, Sept. 2015

Articles