John Mawell Palmer

John Palmer,

a managing associate in Orrick's San Francisco office, focuses his practice on financing for school facilities, general obligation bond issues, and city and county facilities and infrastructure. His practice includes serving as bond and disclosure counsel on revenue and tax-supported bond financings involving school districts, charter schools, cities, and transportation. Mr. Palmer has experience with a variety of financing structures and characteristics, including synthetic fixed rate bonds and conduit issues.

Representative transactions include the following.

School Districts

Sacramento City Unified School District 2012 General Obligation Refunding Bonds ($113 million)
Castro Valley Unified School District Certificates of Participation (2011 Solar Projects), Series 2011 ($6.3 million)
Oakland Unified School District General Obligation Bonds Election of 2006, Series 2012A and 2012B (Qualified School Construction Bonds) ($55 million)
San Bruno Park School Facilities Financing Authority, Lease Revenue Bonds Series 2011 ($5.3 million)
South San Francisco Unified School District, 2012 General Obligation Bonds and Bond Anticipation Notes (Measure J), Series C and D ($56 million)
Sequoia Union High School District, 2011-12 Tax and Revenue Anticipation Notes ($13 million)
Sacramento City Unified School District, 2002 Variable Rate Certificates of Participation (2011 Remarketing) ($48 million)

Charter Schools

California School Finance Authority Revenue Anticipation Notes (Aspire Public Schools), Series 2011B
California School Finance Authority Lease Revenue Bond (New Jerusalem School Project) Series 2011 (Direct Subsidy Qualified School Construction Bonds)
California School Finance Authority Revenue Anticipation Notes (Aspire Public Schools) Series 2012A and Series 2012B
California School Finance Authority Lease Revenue Bonds (Oak Grove Elementary / Willowside Middle School Project) Series 2011 (Direct Subsidy Qualified School Construction Bonds)
California School Finance Authority Revenue Anticipation Notes (Birmingham Community Charter High School) Series 2010
Charter School Capital Muskegon Heights Public Schools Academy (Direct Loan).

Transportation

San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District Sales Tax Revenue Bonds, Refunding Series 2010 ($131 million).
San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District Sales Tax Revenue Bonds, 2012 Series A and 2012 Series B ($242 million)
Airport Commission, City and County of San Francisco Second Series Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2010C-E ($618.5 million).

Cities

City of Richmond Tax and Revenue Anticipation Notes 2012 ($9 million).
Richmond Community Redevelopment Agency Subordinate Tax Allocation Refunding Bonds (Merged Project Areas), Series 2010 Series A ($33.7 million).
City of Berkeley General Obligation Bonds Series 2010 Measure FF -- Neighborhood Branch Library Improvements Project ($16 million)

Good to know

Areas of Practice 1) Public Finance, 2) School Finance, 3) Charter School Finance, 4) General Obligation Bonds, 5) Revenue Bond Financing and 6) Nonprofit Organizations
Law School Northwestern University School of Law
Admitted Year 2010
Bar Member / Association State bar of California
Most recent firm Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
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