Mitchell Rapaport

Mitch Rapaport is a partner in the firm focusing in tax issues related to public finance and infrastructure finance transactions. During his 30 years in practice, Mr. Rapaport has participated in a wide variety of tax-exempt financings, with an emphasis on public-private partnership transactions and other project financings. Mr. Rapaport has worked on numerous public power financings; stadium and convention center transactions; and education, infrastructure and other industrial projects.

What do you focus on?

Having worked for the U.S. Treasury and IRS and in private practice, I focus my work on three main areas, to assist clients in complex tax-exempt finance transactions and related matters.

  • I have represented many different types of issuers of tax-exempt bonds in structuring their transactions to comply with the federal tax rules, including cities, counties, states, public power systems and universities.
  • I have worked with investment banks, financial advisors and project developers in putting together financings to maximize the use of tax-exempt financings, particularly in projects that involve governmental and private entities working together.
  • I have also done a great deal of work on legislative, regulatory and IRS enforcement matters involving tax-exempt finance on behalf of state and local governments, associations, investment banks and investors.

What do you see on the horizon?

I see an increasing interest in governmental entities and private companies working together to develop and finance critical infrastructure, particularly with respect to roads, bridges, airports and other transportation facilities, while maximizing the use of tax-exempt bonds to finance these projects. We have worked with a variety of industry participants in developing financing structures to meet these goals.

Bond Lawyers Blast Proposed Political Subdivision Rules

The Bond Buyer | March 10, 2016

Washington, DC, Public Finance partner Mitch Rapaport is quoted in this article focused on the proposed political subdivision rules put forth by the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service.

GFOA Pushing Regulators on HQLA

The Bond Buyer | June 01, 2015

Washington, DC, Public Finance partner Mitch Rapaport is quoted throughout this piece on the Government Finance Officers Association’s efforts to galvanize public officials to pressure federal banking regulators into more permissive rules on municipal securities.

Virginia Bay Bridge District Fast-Tracks Subsea Tunnel

The Bond Buyer | March 23, 2015

New York City Public Finance partner Ken Lind and Washington, DC, Public Finance partner Mitch Rapaport are both noted as bond and disclosure counsel in this article on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel District of Virginia’s planned subsea tunnel.


Mitchell Rapaport


Washington, DC

Phone: 202-585-8305

Fax: 202-585-8080

Georgetown University, LL.M.

George Washington University, J.D.

Hofstra University, B.A.

New York

District of Columbia

Mitch was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018 in the field of Public Finance Law. Mitch has been listed in Best Lawyers since 2008, and was its 2014 DC “Lawyer of the Year” in Public Finance Law.

Mitch Rapaport is an active member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers, having served as Chair of the Association’s General Tax Matters Committee and its Washington Seminar. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the District of Columbia Bar.

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