Mike Busada is an experienced public finance and economic development attorney representing local governments, school districts, 501(c)(3)‘s, and major companies. Mike serves as the Vice Chair of the Governmental Affairs Committee of the National Association of Bond Lawyers (NABL) and is a member of Louisiana’s Committee of 100 for Economic Development.

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Associations

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana, 2008
  • U.S. District Courts
    • Louisiana: Eastern, Western, Middle
  • Federal Court, 2008

Civic Involvement

  • Bossier Chamber of Commerce
    • Board of Directors
    • Executive Committee, Community Sustainability Chair
  • Kappa Sigma Fraternity, Board of Directors
  • Capital campaign responsible for developing, funding, and constructing a new $7.5 million Kappa Sigma Fraternity House at LSU, Co-Chairman
  • Shreveport-Bossier Military Affairs Council, Board of Directors
  • Eddie Robinson Legacy Society, National Chairman (2012-2015)
  • Mikie Mahtook Foundation, Board of Directors
  • National Kappa Sigma Endowment Fund, General Counsel
  • Red River Valley Association, Board of Directors
  • Captain Shreve High School Alumni Association, Board of Directors

Distinctions

  • Appointed by the US Secretary of Education to a federal rulemaking panel to re-write federal regulations affecting higher education 
  • Appointed by Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards to serve on the Economic and Community Development Task Force of the Resilient Louisiana Commission
  • Honorary Commander, United States Air Force, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, 2nd Bomb Wing, Barksdale Air Force Base
  • Greater Shreveport 40 Under 40
  • Norman C. Francis Leadership Institute Fellow
  • Appointed General Counsel of the International Kappa Sigma Endowment Fund by its Board of Trustees, which included the current Chairman of the United States Senate Intelligence Committee, Richard Burr and former Deputy Executive Director of the United States Central Intelligence Agency, Marty Peterson. 
  • Louisiana State University Alumni Greek Excellence Award, 2017, Lieutenant, Mystic Krewe of Louisianans (Washington, DC Mardi Gras)
  • Elected to two terms on the Baton Rouge Bar Association's Young Lawyers Council, 2010-2011

Education & Honors

  • Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, J.D., 2008
    • Commencement Speaker
  • Louisiana State University, B.A., Political Science, 2005
    • Student Senate President
    • Leadership LSU
    • Omicron Delta Kappa 

Experience

  • ​​Prior to joining the firm, Mike began practicing law with a large southern law firm in 2008. During this time, he had the opportunity to practice under some of the state’s preeminent public finance and economic development attorneys.  Over the last decade, he has represented numerous government bodies and 501c3 organizations as bond counsel, underwriter’s counsel, disclosure counsel, bank counsel, trustee’s counsel and issuer’s counsel, on bond issues throughout the state.  Mike has worked with economic development agencies, 501c3 organizations, and private developers on economic development projects utilizing a variety of tools such as tax increment financing (TIF) and payment in lieu of taxes agreements (PILOT).  In 2010, Mike was instrumental in working with the state legislature to amend the state’s PILOT laws to provide for more security to local governmental bodies and more opportunities for businesses.  He has extensive experience in legislative and administrative law which includes serving on a federal regulation rule-making panel.  With workforce development representing a critical ingredient for successful economic development, Mike’s experience representing one of Louisiana’s major workforce development companies allows him to provide clients with unique insight.

Papers, Presentations, & Publications

  • ​Presenter, “Demystifying the Bond Issue Process” Louisiana School Boards Association Annual Winter Conference, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, February 17, 2020.
  • ​Presenter, “Overview Of Municipal Bonds And The Roles Of The Professionals Involved” Louisiana School Boards Association Fall 2019 Trailblazers Series Professional Development, Natchitoches, Louisiana, November 8, 2019.
  • ​Presenter, “Overview Of Municipal Bonds And The Roles Of The Professionals Involved” Louisiana School Boards Association Fall 2019 Trailblazers Series Professional Development, Kenner, Louisiana, October 21, 2019.
  • Presenter, “New Laws for Bond Issue Continuing Disclosure; How Local Governments Can Stay Compliant and Avoid Civil and Criminal Liability”
  • Presenter, “Utilizing Bond Financing and Economic Development Incentives”
  • Presenter, “Understanding the Pitfalls and Fundamentals of Organizational Growth” Commercial Motor Vehicle Training Association Spring Conference, May 12, 2017.
  • Testified before the United States Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy regarding federal regulatory reform and its impact on business growth and creation.
  • Guest on Mark Willis’s national radio show to discuss training, workforce development, and federal regulations affecting the trucking industry.