J. Shepherd Russell III is the firm’s managing partner. He has practiced exclusively in the area of public finance since 1978. His practice encompasses bond and other debt offerings issued by or on behalf of the various public instrumentalities in Arkansas and elsewhere.
Shep’s work is focused on the financing of public and nonprofit projects throughout Arkansas, including bonds sold by underwriters, bonds placed with governmental agencies and local banks, bonds sold at public sale, bonds rated by national rating agencies and insured bonds.
The bond issues have been structured as new money issues, refunding (advance and current) issues, and a combination of new money and refunding. He has served as bond counsel, underwriter’s counsel, and trustee’s counsel in these transactions.
In these capacities, he has prepared rate, election, and bond ordinances, trust indentures, resolutions, continuing disclosure statements, opinions, arbitrage certificates, official statements, escrow agreements and closing papers.
- University of Arkansas School of Law, J.D., 1978; Arkansas Law Review, Comments Editor, 1977
- University of North Carolina, B.A., History, 1975
Associations & Memberships:
- Arkansas Bar Association
- Arkansas Arts Center, president
- Fifty for the Future, president
- National Association of Bond Lawyers
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