John England is described by one client as 'an expert on tax and financing.'

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Bar Admissions

  • Mississippi, 1991

Civic Involvement

  • Mississippi College School of Law, Annual Giving Program, Co-Chair
  • Jackson Academy, Board of Trustees, Chairman, 2012-2013


  • Martindale-Hubbell®
    • AV®– PreeminentPeer Review Rated
  • Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business
    • Corporate/Commercial: Municipal Finance (Mississippi), 2014-2022
  • Super Lawyers®
    • Mid-South Super Lawyers, Government Finance, 2006-2019
    • Top 50: Mississippi Super Lawyers, 2011
  • Dealmaker of the Year, The American Lawyer, 2006
  • Certified Public Accountant, Retired
  • Adjunct Professor, Federal Taxation, Mississippi College School of Law
  • Lecturer, Skills Seminar, Mississippi College School of Law, 2007
  • Alumnus of the Year, Mississippi College School of Law, 2008
  • Best Lawyers in America®
    • Lawyer of the Year, Commercial Finance Law, [Jackson, MS], 2019, 2021
    • Public Finance Law, 2007-2022
    • Commercial Finance Law, 2017-2022

Education & Honors

  • University of Florida, LL.M., Taxation, 1992
  • Mississippi College, J.D., with distinction, 1991
  • University of Mississippi, B.A., Accountancy, cum laude, 1984


  • ​Special Counsel, in connection with Opportunity Funds established pursuant to the Qualified Opportunity Zone Act to support multifamily projects, a timber processing facility, a regional construction machinery and heavy truck dealership, a startup healthcare services business and other commercial projects.
  • Bond Counsel, in connection with the issuance of over thirty (30) taxable and tax-exempt Industrial Development Revenue Bonds, to support manufacturing and processing facilities, distribution facilities, natural gas, electricity and other energy projects, healthcare facilities, and commercial developments.
  • Bond Counsel and Economic Development Incentives Counsel, in connection with the financing of healthcare facilities and commercial and industrial projects which combined federal and state New Markets Tax Credits with GO Zone Tax-Exempt Bonds and other state and local economic development incentives.
  • ​Bond Counsel or Issuer Counsel  in connection with a number of natural gas prepay bond financings totaling well over $1 billion. 
  • Bond Counsel in connection with the development and financing of a  number of electric generation facilities and a liquefied natural gas facility totaling over $1.1 billion, including the financing of an undivided interest in a coal-fired electric generation facility.       
  • Special finance counsel to county and city owned hospital facilities in connection with the sale or long-term lease of over 14 healthcare facilities to private operators.
  • Bond counsel in various public finance transactions involving, among other things:  taxable and tax-exempt bonds and loans, general obligation bonds, revenue bonds, tax increment financing bonds, special assessment bonds, 501(c)(3) financings, the financing of healthcare facilities, the financing of educational facilities, industrial development bonds, the financing of various transportation projects (including highways and airports), and municipal lease/purchase transactions involving the purchase of buildings and equipment and the purchase and installation of energy conservation systems.
  • Bond counsel and underwriter’s counsel in connection with various types of tax-exempt and taxable financings that have involved: fixed rate obligations, variable rate demand obligations, competitive and negotiated sales, current and advanced refundings, direct purchases, insured obligations, credit-enhanced and/or liquidity supported obligations, derivatives transactions, both integrated and non-integrated, including swaps, hedges, caps, floors and collars.
  • Participated in public financings as bond counsel for cities, counties, and school districts, including general obligation bonds, revenue bonds, special assessment bonds and certificates of participation for over thirty (30) cities and counties.

In the News

Papers, Presentations, & Publications

  • Panelist, “Building the Road to Recovery,” CDFA-ARI Rural Finance Webinar Series, June 10, 2020.
  • Presenter, “Opportunity Zones,” ULI Memphis OpportunityMEM: A Financial Investment for Community Growth, Memphis, Tenn., September 24, 2019.
  • Panel Chair, “When Disaster Strikes,” National Association of Bond Lawyers’ Institute Conference, Bonita Springs, Fla., March 8, 2019.
  • Chair, “Manufacturing Facilities, Enterprise Zone Bonds and Gulf Opportunity Zone Bonds,” Bond Attorneys’ Workshop Panel, National Association of Bond Lawyers, 2007-2008.
  • Speaker, "Economic Stimulus 101: The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009," Annual Development Finance Summit, Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA), May 2009.