John manages public finance and derivatives transactions for national and regional clients. He is a Shareholder in the Firm's Public Finance Practice Group.

John's experience includes a wide variety of public finance transactions for governmental and private clients. In his more than 30 years of practice, he has served all of the primary roles in bond financing, including underwriter's counsel, bond counsel, counsel to the credit enhancer, and counsel to the issuer. John focuses his practice on health care and education finance, with a particular emphasis on underwriter representation. He also has extensive experience drafting and negotiating interest rate swaps and other derivative products for swap market makers, as well as public and private clients.

John remains active in the community through his work as a Director and Secretary of the Kiwanis Club of Birmingham and past service as Treasurer of the Mountain Brook City Schools Foundation and Director at Kirkwood by the River, a nonprofit continuing care retirement community.

Community & Professional

  • National Association of Bond Lawyers
  • American College of Bond Counsel, Fellow
  • Birmingham Bar Association
  • Alabama State Bar
  • Kiwanis Club of Birmingham, Board of Directors
  • Mountain Brook City Schools Foundation, Past Treasurer and Member, Board of Directors
  • Birmingham-Southern College National Alumni Association, Past President
  • Kirkwood by the River, Past Member, Board of Directors


  • Underwriter's counsel: Numerous 501(c)(3) and governmental healthcare financings nationwide
  • Bond counsel: Alabama public and private higher education financings
  • Bond counsel: Alabama health care authorities in the financing and refinancing of publicly and privately offered debt
  • Bond counsel: Cooperative district financing for an Alabama county school system
  • Bond counsel: City, county, and school board financings in Alabama
  • Derivatives counsel: Counsel to an investment bank nationwide in connection with swap transactions with numerous nonprofit and governmental healthcare providers and higher education institutions
  • Tax counsel: Representation of governmental clients in connection with IRS audits of bond issues
  • Trustee's counsel: Trustee's counsel in connection with new issues and distressed credits



  • Recognized by Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Alabama, Public Finance (2017-present)
  • The Best Lawyers in America© for Public Finance (2006 - present)



  • State Bar: Alabama


  • Honorable William M. Acker, JR.
    U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama
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