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Butler Snow Adds Two Public Finance Attorneys in Georgia

Butler Snow LLP is pleased to announce that Collier W. McKenzie and Jackson K. O'Brien have joined the firm’s Public Finance, Tax Incentives & Credit Markets practice group. McKenzie will practice in the firm’s Macon office and O’Brien will practice in the Atlanta office.

“Jackson and Collier are tremendous assets to our public finance team,” said Christopher R. Maddux, chair of Butler Snow. “We are fortunate to have their expertise and experience across a variety of public finance areas.  They will add additional depth to our nationally ranked public finance team.”

McKenzie works closely with clients regarding traditional municipal finance transactions, serving as bond counsel and in other roles. He also brings experience in environmental law, government relations and other fields. Notably, McKenzie previously worked as a legal aide under the Georgia State Senate’s President Pro Tempore.

McKenzie has been recognized as a Rising Star by Georgia Super Lawyers® and is a member of the Georgia State Bar, Macon Bar Association, the American Agricultural Law Association and the National Association of Bond Lawyers. He earned his bachelor’s from the University of Georgia and received his Juris Doctor from Mercer University’s Walter F. George School of Law.

O’Brien focuses his practice on tax-exempt and taxable bond financing for various types of senior living communities, affordable housing communities and traditional municipal finance projects. He represents clients as bond counsel, underwriter’s counsel and borrower’s counsel in transactions with a variety of financing structures, including municipal bonds involving private placements and more.

O’Brien is licensed in South Carolina and Georgia and is a member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers, the South Carolina Bar and State Bar of Georgia. He earned his bachelor’s degree and Juris Doctor from the University of Georgia.

Butler Snow’s Public Finance, Tax Incentives and Credit Markets Group utilizes experienced attorneys from New York to Colorado to form one of the most creative and successful public finance practices in the country. The firm has developed decades-long relationships with many of its clients largely due to our ability to successfully and efficiently close deals—even the most complex transactions. Butler Snow’s attorneys work seamlessly as a team across 12 offices to provide specialized financing techniques, related tax counsel and other technical debt-structuring knowledge to our clients nationwide.