Daniel M. Deaton

Daniel Deaton has a public finance practice in which he serves as bond counsel, disclosure counsel and underwriter’s counsel.

What do you focus on?

I represent governmental clients such as cities, counties and redevelopment agencies as disclosure counsel and bond counsel in lease revenue, enterprise fund, pension obligation bond, tax revenue anticipation, as well as Teeter, and tax increment financings. In addition, I’ve acted as bond counsel and underwriter’s counsel in 501(c)(3) and private activity bond financings, including financings supporting electric power grid, waste management and water utility operations.


I spend an increasing portion of my practice on the fast-evolving world of disclosure, where I advise clients on their compliance responsibilities as issuers of municipal debt. We serve as disclosure counsel (often together as bond counsel) for some of the largest issuers of municipal debt throughout the United States. Besides writing the disclosure, I run training sessions and draft internal guidelines for our clients’ staff.

What do you see on the horizon?

I tell my clients: “stringent reporting requirements are the ‘new normal.’” With a backdrop of our industry facing sanctions and penalties, I’m watching enforcement actions very carefully to learn from the mistakes of others and to ensure our clients steer clear of these problems and the ones we see coming in the future.


  • Speaker, “Due Diligence & Disclosure of Pension Obligations,” Bond Dealers of America, Webinar, September 28, 2017


Daniel M. Deaton


Los Angeles

Phone: 213-629-6050

Southern Methodist University, J.D.

University of California, Irvine, B.A.




Daniel Deaton is a member of the State Bar of California and the State Bar of Texas.

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