Derrick Mitchell

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Derrick Mitchell

Overview

Derrick Mitchell is an attorney in Holland & Knight's Houston office and leads the Public Finance Team in Texas. Mr. Mitchell has nearly two decades of legal experience serving as bond counsel and disclosure counsel for tax-exempt financings for cities, counties, state agencies and independent school districts.

Mr. Mitchell represents national and regional investment banking firms as underwriter's counsel in bond and interest rate swap transactions. His practice emphasis includes general obligation and revenue bonds, including transportation revenue, industrial revenue, higher education, mortgage revenue, pollution control and nonprofit hospital bonds. He also serves as counsel to boards of independent school districts and community colleges.

Experience

  • City of Beaumont, Texas: Served as bond counsel to issuer in connection with $42.77 million of general obligation refunding bonds, Series 2016
  • City of Houston, Texas: Acted as underwriter's counsel in connection with the issuance of $955.105 million of combined utility system first lien revenue and refunding bonds, Series 2016B; and $605.195 million of combined utility system first lien revenue refunding bonds, Taxable Series 2014B
  • City of Missouri City, Texas: Served as bond counsel to issuer in connection with $72.665 million of general obligation refunding bonds, Series 2016
  • Fort Bend County, Texas: Acted as underwriter's counsel in connection with the issuance of $75.34 million of unlimited tax road and refunding bonds, Series 2016A; $94.42 million of limited tax and refunding bonds, Series 2016B; and $64.44 million of senior lien toll road revenue bonds, Series 2016
  • Houston Community College System: Served as bond counsel to issuer in connection with $19.455 million of limited tax refunding bonds, Series 2016; $28.87 million of maintenance tax refunding bonds, Series 2016; and $50.345 million of combined fee revenue refunding bonds, Series 2016
  • Harris County, Texas: Acted as bond counsel to issuer in connection with $50.095 million of permanent improvement refunding bonds, Series 2015B; and $202.68 million of unlimited tax road refunding bonds, Series 2015A
  • Harris County-Houston Sports Authority: Served as disclosure counsel to issuer in connection with $435.203 million of senior lien revenue refunding bonds, Series 2014A; $47.435 million of taxable senior lien revenue refunding bonds, Series 2014B; and $75.875 million of second lien revenue refunding bonds, Series 2014C
  • Galena Park Independent School District: Acted as bond counsel to issuer in connection with $98.595 million of unlimited tax school building and refunding bonds, Series 2016
  • Pearland Independent School District: Served as underwriter's counsel in connection with the issuance of $42.2 million of unlimited tax refunding bonds, Series 2016A

Credentials

Education
  • University of Houston Law Center, J.D.
  • University of Houston, B.B.A., Finance
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Texas
Memberships
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Houston Bar Association
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers
  • Scenic Houston, Board Member, 2009-2018; Chair, 2018-Present
  • Texas Southern University, Board of Regents, Chair, 2015-2017
  • United Way Alexis de Tocqueville Society, 2011-2018
  • Row House Community Development Corporation, Board Member, 2007-2015; President, 2009-2014
  • Greater Houston Partnership, Local Relations Committee, 2005-2016; Chair, 2010-2014
  • Texas State Securities Board, 2009-2015
  • Gulf Coast Rail District, Board of Directors, 2015-2017
Honors & Awards
  • Rising Star, Texas Super Lawyers magazine, 2005-2011
  • Real Times Media, Who's Who in Black Houston, 2009
  • President's Award, Houston Young Lawyers Association, 2004

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