Biography

Katherine serves as bond and disclosure counsel to California cities, counties, water districts, special districts, transportation authorities, joint powers authorities, school districts, community college districts and a variety of public agencies. 

She has managed nearly all forms of publicly-offered municipal debt financing, including lease revenue bonds, enterprise revenue bonds, general obligation bonds, certificates of participation, special tax bonds, sales tax bonds, tax allocation bonds, tax and revenue anticipation notes, warrants and bond anticipation notes and pension obligation bonds.

Katherine has also assisted issuers and financial institutions with privately-placed tax-exempt bond and loan financings, structured as real property and equipment lease-purchase agreements, installment purchase agreements, loan agreements and revolving credit agreements.

Her representations also extend to national and regional investment banking firms as underwriters' counsel with respect to numerous public finance transactions each year. In the startup sector, she has represented emerging growth and technology companies, venture capital and angel investors, and private equity firms with various public and private financings.

Experience

  • Financial Institutions: Represented investment banks as underwriter’s counsel and placement agent counsel in connection with  the issuance of general obligation bonds, assessment and special tax bonds, enterprise revenue bonds, tax allocation bonds, charter school revenue bonds and the execution and delivery of certifications of participation.
  • Cities and Counties: Represented various cities and counties as bond counsel, disclosure counsel and/or issuer’s counsel with respect to the issuance of enterprise revenue bonds, general obligation bonds, tax and revenue anticipation notes, lease revenue bonds and privately-placed leases, assessment and special tax bonds, redevelopment agency tax allocation bonds, pension obligation bonds and as special counsel and disclosure counsel in connection with the execution and delivery of certifications of participation.
  • Water, Irrigation, Sanitary and Utility Agencies and Districts: Represented water districts, irrigation districts, sanitary districts and other public utility districts as bond counsel and disclosure counsel with respect to the issuance of enterprise revenue bonds, and in connection with direct borrowing, and as special counsel and disclosure counsel in connection with the execution and delivery of certifications of participation. Specific experience coordinating multiple project funding sources, which may include bond proceeds and state and federal grant and loan monies (including SRF Loans and WIFIA funds).
  • K-14 School Districts: Represented more than 50 California school districts and community college districts as bond counsel and disclosure counsel with their issuance of general obligation bonds, as special counsel and disclosure counsel with the execution and delivery of certifications of participation, and as issuer’s counsel in connection with privately-placed loan and lease-purchase financings. Assisted with numerous successful general obligation bond and parcel tax elections.
  • Special Districts: Represented various special districts as bond counsel and disclosure counsel in connection with their direct borrowing and the issuance of general obligation bonds, as special counsel and disclosure counsel with the execution and delivery of certifications of participation, and as issuer’s counsel in connection with private loan and lease-purchase financings. 
  • Transportation Agencies: Represented various transportation agencies as bond counsel, disclosure counsel and general counsel with the issuance of sales tax revenue bonds, toll revenue bonds, and revolving credit agreements.
  • Land-Secured Financings: Represented cities, counties, special districts and school districts in the formation of community facilities districts pursuant to the State of California Mello-Roos Community Facilities Act of 1982; and subsequently as bond counsel and disclosure counsel with the issuance of special tax bonds and assessment bonds.
  • Bond Validation: Handled more than 25 bond validation cases, generally involving the issuance of pension obligation bonds.

Before Fox Rothschild

Prior to joining Fox Rothschild, Katherine was a partner in the Public Finance Group of a regional California law firm.

She started her career as a legal and compliance analyst at Morgan Stanley. 

Beyond Fox Rothschild

Katherine is an active member of the Junior League of San Francisco, where she most recently served as Chair of the Institute on Aging Committee.