Blake Sharpton is a Martindale-Hubbell® AV®-rated attorney with extensive experience in public finance and projects, asset-based lending, real estate lending, and securitized financings. He practices out of the firm’s offices in Atlanta and Macon.

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Associations

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia, 2006
  • U.S. District Courts
    • Georgia: Northern
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    • 11th Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the State of Georgia

Civic Involvement

  • Macon Symphony Orchestra, Past President
  • Macon Civic Club
  • Mulberry Street United Methodist Church

Distinctions

  • Martindale-Hubbell®
    • AV®-Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated, 2011-2017
  • Georgia Trend
  • Acquisition International Magazine
    • Georgia’s Legal Elite, 2017

Education & Honors

  • Mercer University, J.D., magna cum laude, 2006
    • Mercer Law Review
    • Brainerd Currie Honor Society
  • University of Georgia, B.B.S., Finance and M.I.S., 1998

Experience

  • Extensive experience assisting public school systems, cities, counties, water and sewer systems, airports, higher education systems, and health care systems complete projects related to new construction, equipment acquisition, and refinancing’s related to those original financings.
  • Serving as underwriter’s and bank’s counsel on a wide variety of projects involving tax exempt and taxable transactions, note purchases, and participations
  • Extensive experience with asset-based lending, real estate lending, and securitized financings.

Papers, Presentations, & Publications

  • Co-Presenter, “Leveraging of Federal and Local Resources for Public Health Infrastructure in a Rural Health District in Georgia,” Georgia Public Health Association’s 90th Annual Meeting and Conference, Atlanta, Ga., May 8, 2019.
  • Panelist Chair, “16th Annual Tax and Securities Law Institute,” TSLI 2018 Panel, Arizona, February 22-23, 2018.
  • Speaker, “Tax Law Changes Under the Tax Cuts and Job Act,” JDAMA in Atlanta RE, Atlanta, Georgia, January 9, 2017. 
  • Speaker, “Financing Brownfields With Private Activity Bonds,” Brownfields Financing Webinar Series, Webinar, March 9, 2017.
  • Co-Author, "Duties of Non-Solicitor Municipal Advisors," National Association of Bond Lawyers Comments on MSRB Rule 9-42.
  • Author, "Infrastructure and Energy Session," Moderator at CDFA – GA Roundtable, June 4, 2014.
  • Author, "Municipal Advisor on the Roof," City of Dunwoody Accounting Conference, May 22, 2014.
  • Author, "Securing Real Estate Related Collateral: Negotiated Promissory Notes, Etc." ICLE – Real Property law Institute, May 15 – 17, 2014.
  • Author, "Preparing to Deliver the Bond Opinion: Tax Due Diligence and Documentation Issues," NABL, September 25, 2013. 
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