SAN FRANCISCO (February 10, 2016) – Holland & Knight today announced that Robert Haight has joined its San Francisco office as a partner in the firm’s Real Estate Section. Mr. Haight specializes in municipal and public finance matters, in particular Mello-Roos CFDs and Infrastructure Financing Districts. Most recently, he was a partner with Goodwin Procter.
Mr. Haight represents clients in all phases of municipal bond issues, from planning (development, financing and mitigation agreements) to implementation (bond issuance, disclosure) to post-issuance matters (continuing disclosure, refundings, workouts). He provides counsel to developers, bondholders, underwriters, financial advisors, special districts and other governmental agencies throughout California. Mr. Haight represents master developers and merchant builders in connection with single family, multifamily, commercial, industrial and retail developments. His experience also includes conducting forensic reviews of troubled bond issues and counseling clients in several high-profile bond workouts. He is an author, editor and speaker on public finance and real estate topics.
“Robert is widely regarded as one of the preeminent land-secured municipal finance lawyers in California,” said Susan Booth, the head of Holland & Knight’s West Coast Real Estate Group. “He brings new capabilities and expertise to the firm and will be an important contributor to the continuing growth of both our real estate and public finance practices in the state.”
“Robert is a very talented lawyer and a perfect fit for our strategic growth initiative to expand our public finance footprint nationally, and particularly in California,” said Woody Vaughan, leader of Holland & Knight’s Public Finance Practice Group. “We are thrilled to have him on board.”
“One of the reasons I was attracted to Holland & Knight is the natural synergy between my clients and the firm’s existing clients,” said Mr. Haight. “I look forward to working with my new colleagues to deepen our relationship with them and provide an even higher level of service.”
Mr. Haight received a J.D. degree from the University of California Davis School of Law and a B.S. degree from Santa Clara University.
With more than 280 lawyers and professionals nationally, Holland & Knight's Real Estate Section is one of the largest of any U.S. law firm. The U.S. News-Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" 2015 guide selected the firm's Real Estate and Land Use and Zoning Law practice groups for national first-tier rankings. Holland & Knight’s national Public Finance team includes more than 25 attorneys who have decades of experience in all aspects of public finance issues and public-private partnerships. During the past five years, the team has participated in the financing of more than $14.4 billion in principal amount of debt in connection with virtually every type of municipal bond structure available in the market.
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