Minneapolis, MN —In January 2020, Briggs and Morgan joined Taft Law to expand Taft’s presence in the Twin Cities, providing access to a top Midwestern market, its prosperous business community, and a larger, strengthened team to address the evolving needs of clients. Through a highly strategic and collaborative integration process, Taft Minneapolis was thrilled to celebrate the one-year milestone since the combination at the beginning of this year. In particular, Taft’s Public Finance group has greatly benefited from the combination, bringing new talent and capabilities to its offering.
The Public Finance practice group sought to extend its services and expertise by welcoming talent from Taft Minneapolis’ decades of trusted experience in the Minneapolis/St. Paul market. In 2020, it also welcomed prominent laterals such as Daniel Andersen in Minneapolis and Former Ohio appellate court judge Raymond Headen in Cleveland. This year, the group celebrates its 5-year anniversary, having brought together public finance professionals with decades of experience across Taft’s offices in Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, and Minneapolis.
Since 2016, Taft’s Public Finance group has served clients nationwide. Prior to becoming Taft Minneapolis, Briggs and Morgan has always upheld an outstanding reputation in the public finance space. With the combined group, the Minneapolis attorneys bring a wealth of knowledge to the firm. Taft Minneapolis also has a long-standing relationship with the National Association of Bond Lawyers, as retired Briggs and Morgan partner, Bernard Friel, was a founding member. Today, the Taft Public Finance group is 13 attorneys strong—including four attorneys and two paralegals in Minnesota—serving organizations of all sizes, from cities, towns, and large school districts to underwriters, lenders, and a wide variety of nonprofit and for-profit borrowers. It serves all major areas of transactions including economic development, Tax Increment Financing (TIF), Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIIHTC), New Market Tax Credits (NMTC), Public Private Partnerships (P3), and Opportunity Zones, in addition to traditional bond counsel work.
In 2021, Taft aims to continue its progressive growth in Minneapolis and across all of its offices. The firm recently announced its formation of the Taft Public Affairs Strategies Group with operations in the Midwest and Washington, DC. It also will further strengthen its industry-leading practice groups, extend the firm’s national reach, and welcome diverse talent to its 12 locations in the United States.