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Steve Edds and Sue Fairbank Join Butler Snow in Ridgeland

Butler Snow is pleased to announce Stephen C. Edds and Sue Hicks Fairbank have joined the firm’s public finance group.

Other recent public finance expansions have included additions in Atlanta, Boston, Denver and New York.

Edds’ practice focuses on government finance, economic development incentives and government relations. He works closely with governments in developing business incentive programs and also with a number of nationwide banks and investment banks. In recent years he has served as lead counsel on more than $10 billion of government debt issuance.  He is a contributor to The Issuer’s Guide to Tax Exempt Financing and has extensive experience serving as bond, special tax, underwriter’s, issuer’s, trustee’s and credit enhancer’s counsel. He is a past editor of Barrister Magazine. Edds has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for public finance law, project finance law and government relations practice since 2005 and was also recognized in the area of economic development law in 2016. He has been recognized in Chambers USA America’s Leading Business Lawyers as a leading corporate/commercial municipal finance lawyer in Mississippi since 2007 and has also been consistently recognized by Mid-South Super Lawyers.

Edds has served as director of the American Judicature Society and is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Mississippi Bar Association, National Association of Bond Lawyers and Leadership Jackson.  He currently serves as chairman of the ABA Standing Committee for Silver Gavel Awards and is a member of the Standing Committee on Public Education.  Edds also currently serves as the Chairperson Elect of the Mississippi Arts Commission. He received both his undergraduate degree and Juris Doctor from the University of Mississippi.

Fairbank’s has also worked extensively in all types of revenue bond and general purpose government financings, representing parties from every aspect of the financing. Fairbank has been named in The Best Lawyers in America® for public finance law and in Chambers USA America’s Leading Business Lawyers as a leading corporate/commercial municipal finance lawyer in Mississippi. She is a member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers, Mississippi and Capital Area Bar Associations and the Mississippi Women Lawyers Association. Fairbank received her undergraduate degree from Mississippi University for Women and her Juris Doctor from the University of Mississippi.

Butler Snow offers a comprehensive and diverse public finance practice ranging from all forms of state and municipal bonds and obligations to the full complement of techniques available to finance and/or refinance governmental as well as industrial/economic development, default/workouts, public and private educational institutions, higher education, school financing and other developments. With more than 40 attorneys practicing full-time in the public finance, tax incentives and credit markets group, Butler Snow has one of the largest and most successful public finance practices in the country.