Blake Sharpton is a Martindale-Hubbell® AV®-Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated public finance attorney. He represents school districts, cities, counties, development authorities, educational institutions, and underwriters across Georgia and other states. Blake has extensive experience serving as bond counsel, disclosure counsel, bank counsel, borrower’s counsel and underwriter’s counsel on a wide variety of tax-exempt and taxable bond transactions. Blake focuses primarily on traditional municipal finance projects such as new educational and general municipal facilities. Blake also routinely works on economic impact projects and transactions such as sports stadiums, entertainment venues, multi-use developments, multi-family housing developments, retail developments, hotels, and airports. 

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Blake Sharpton focuses his practice on public finance, commercial lending and debt financing, and mergers and acquisitions. He represents school districts, cities, counties, development authorities, educational institutions, and underwriters across Georgia and other states. Blake has extensive experience serving as bond counsel, disclosure counsel, bank counsel, borrower’s counsel and underwriter’s counsel on a wide variety of tax-exempt and taxable bond transactions. Blake focuses primarily on traditional municipal finance projects such as new educational and general municipal facilities. Blake also routinely works on economic impact projects and transactions such as sports stadiums, entertainment venues, multi-use developments, multi-family housing developments, retail developments, hotels, and airports.

Martindale-Hubbell® has recognized Blake as AV-rated, and he has served as Co-Chair of the Securities Law and Disclosure Ad Hoc Subcommittee for the National Association of Bond Lawyers.

He obtained his J.D. from Mercer University and is admitted to the Georgia State Bar, the U.S. District Courts for the Northern District of Georgia, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and the Supreme Court for the State of Georgia.

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
    • Legal Elite – Public Finance, 2015, 2020
  • 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

  • ​On an annual basis, Blake is involved in millions of dollars of public finance transactions. Known for creativity and an efficient approach, Blake’s clients appreciate practical advice that leads to a desired outcome involving new school buildings, athletic facilities, equipment financings, sports stadiums, entertainment venues, downtown revitalization projects, hotels, housing, general local governmental infrastructure, healthcare facilities, student housing, student activity, water and wastewater facilities
  • ​Complementary to his core practice, Blake is also able to provide his clients guidance on liquidity facilities, election law matters, open meetings and open records act issues, construction issues, and municipal and school law issues.
  • ​Blake also represents banks and other financial institutions in connection with direct purchases of tax-exempt bonds in connection with tax-exempt transactions.
  • Representative Transactions
  • ​Bond and Disclosure Counsel for the construction of SunTrust Park, the new home of the Atlanta Braves, located in Cobb County, GA. https://www.butlersnow.com/2015/09/cobb-county-ga-butler-snow-close-bond-transaction-new-atlanta-braves-stadium/
  • ​Bond and Disclosure counsel for the development of The Grove at Towne Center in Snellville, GA. https://www.snellville.org/grove-towne-center
  • ​Bond and Issuer Counsel for Hotel 45. https://www.choateco.com/project/hotel-45/
  • ​Bond and Disclosure Counsel for the development of Dempsey Apartments by the Macon-Bibb County Urban Development Authority. https://www.41nbc.com/dempsey-apartments-local-management-uda-purchases-building/

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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