Rebecca A. Speckhard


Rebecca Speckhard, National Chair of Quarles & Brady's Public Finance Group, dedicates her practice to municipal and governmental finance. Rebecca serves as bond counsel to municipal and governmental issuers throughout the State of Wisconsin, with particular experience in general obligation financings, public utility revenue bond financings, community development authority and redevelopment authority financings, and related tax incremental financing and development matters. Rebecca also regularly serves as underwriter's counsel and issuer's counsel on public finance transactions. Her recent experience includes:

  • 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 hundreds of municipal financings in the State of Wisconsin, including general obligation bonds and promissory notes, utility revenue bonds, bond anticipation notes, and special assessment bonds.
  • Serving as bond counsel on dozens of community development authority and redevelopment authority lease revenue bond financings and providing related development agreement advice.
  • Serving as bond counsel on Clean Water Fund, Safe Drinking Water, and Land Recycling Loan financings.
  • Advising and assisting municipalities with the creation of tax incremental districts.

Legal Services

Education and Honors

  • University of Wisconsin Law School (J.D., 1990)
    • Order of the Coif
    • Phi Beta Kappa
  • University of Wisconsin (B.A., 1986)

Bar Admissions

  • Wisconsin

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin, 1990

Professional and Civic Activities

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

Professional Recognition

  • 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"
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