Johnny focuses his practice on federally tax-advantaged debt transactions, representing state and local governments and private borrowers from various industries. He brings extensive experience assisting clients with tax issues related to 501(c)(3) healthcare and higher education financings as well as airport financings.
“Johnny is well-known for advising clients on sophisticated transactions in a user-friendly way,” said Virginia Wong, Nixon Peabody partner and leader of the firm’s Project Finance & Public Finance practice. “Johnny works on financings that affect infrastructure across the country at all levels and touch many aspects of daily life. We’re thrilled to welcome him to the firm.”
Johnny has extensive experience with private activity financings, including solid waste disposal and sewage facilities for large utilities and industrial operations. In addition, he is recognized as an industry leader in governmental bond and private activity bond financings for airport facilities, including providing tax counsel for a multibillion-dollar tax-exempt bond issue and public-private partnership (P3) and subsequent bond financings to transform New York’s LaGuardia International Airport.
Nixon Peabody was recognized as the 2021 “Law Firm of the Year” in the area of Public Finance Law by U.S. News/Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms.” The firm is also consistently ranked in the Top 10 for bond counsel, underwriter’s counsel, disclosure counsel, and special tax and green bond counsel by Thomson Reuters.
“Our firm’s Public Finance attorneys play such an integral role in the nation’s infrastructure, and our city is a prime example of that,” said Ilana Kameros, managing partner of Nixon Peabody’s New York City office. “Johnny has spent his career helping clients create a positive impact in their communities, and his collaborative nature is a great fit for our firm.”
Johnny’s practice also involves defending issuers and borrowers of tax-advantaged debt from Internal Revenue Service audits. He helps clients secure closing agreements as part of the IRS Voluntary Closing Agreement Program to resolve certain tax issues and helps them maintain the tax-advantaged status of the debt by providing creative solutions in other “post-issuance compliance” situations.
Johnny earned his JD from the Case Western Reserve University School of Law and dual bachelor’s degrees from Florida State University. He has been named one of Super Lawyers’ “Rising Stars” each year since 2013. He currently sits on the board of directors for the National Association of Bond Lawyers.