About Rebecca

Responsive, experienced public finance counsel 

Rebecca Speckhard dedicates her practice to municipal and governmental finance. A leader of the go-to team in Wisconsin for public finance, advising government bodies of all sizes, she serves as:

  • Bond counsel
  • Underwriter's counsel
  • Issuer's counsel

Whether advising on a complex structured financing for a state level issuer or a straightforward financing for a local municipal construction project, Rebecca combines a meticulous attention to detail with a responsive, user-friendly and efficient approach to helping clients achieve their financing needs. She previously served as national chair of the Quarles Public Finance Group.

Experience in Action

  • Serving as bond counsel on hundreds of municipal financings in Wisconsin, including general obligation bonds and promissory notes, public utility revenue bonds, bond anticipation notes and special assessment bonds.
  • Serving as bond counsel on the State of Wisconsin Transportation Revenue Bond, General Fund Annual Appropriation Bond and Operating Note Programs.
  • Serving as bond counsel on dozens of community development authority and redevelopment authority lease revenue bond financings and related tax incremental financing and development agreement advice.
  • Advising and assisting municipalities with the creation of tax incremental districts.
  • Serving as bond counsel on Clean Water Fund, Safe Drinking Water and Land Recycling Loan financings.
  • Serving as underwriter’s counsel to broker-dealers underwriting governmental financings.
  • Serving as issuer’s counsel to governmental entities undertaking financings for the benefit of private companies and nonprofit entities.

Capabilities

Professional Recognitions

  • Recognized as Best Lawyers® 2020 Milwaukee Project Finance "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Listed in Wisconsin's Best Lawyers® (2011: Public Finance Law / Project Finance Law)
  • Named as Fellow to the American College of Bond Counsel (2009)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® (2007–present: Project Finance Law / Public Finance Law)
  • Selected for inclusion in the 2005–2008 Wisconsin Super Lawyers® lists (Public Finance)
  • Best Lawyers® 2022 Milwaukee Public Finance Law "Lawyer of the Year"

Professional & Civic Activities

  • State Bar of Wisconsin (Member)
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers (Member)
  • Milwaukee Bar Association (Co-chair, Government Law Section, 2007–2008)

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