John C. Merchant

John C. Merchant

Dinsmore & Shohl

255 E. Fifth St., Suite 1900
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Tel: (513) 639-9224 Fax: (513) 621-3813



General obligation bonds, Municipal revenue bonds, Exempt organization bonds (including health care, higher education, schools and cultural institutions)

B.A.,Morehead State University, 1979 J.D. University of Kentucky College of Law, 1982

Professional Affiliations:
National Association of Bond Lawyers, Kentucky Bar Association,Ohio State Bar Association, Georgia State Bar Association,



Depth and variation describe John Merchant's nearly 30 years of public finance practice. Across the country, Mr. Merchant has participated in healthcare, economic development and traditional issue transactions, as bond and underwriter's counsel, for the issuance of obligations including bonds, notes and leases. He also has worked on teams that have served as bond counsel for a number of major projects within the sports world, including financings for the Cincinnati Reds stadium, the Cincinnati Bengals stadium, and the Columbus Blue Jackets arena, as well as serving as underwriter’s counsel for Cleveland Stadium.

Mr. Merchant has worked on many traditional issue financings related to schools, transportation, water and sewer projects, including new money transactions and advance and current refundings. These financings have included features such as subordinated and taxable debt.

As bond and underwriter's counsel for healthcare & other 501(c)(3) transactions, he has experience with bond financings involving master trust indenture structures as well as leasing and private placement structures for non-profit and governmental entities.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Merchant participated in public finance transactions in various positions with the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Memberships & Affiliations

    National Association of Bond Lawyers
    Association for Governmental Leasing & Finance
    National Association of Securities Professionals
    National Forum for Black Public Administrators
    Cincinnati Bar Association
    Black Lawyers Association of Cincinnati
    Board of Regents, Morehead State University
    Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation (3CDC), Board Member
    Cincinnati Art Museum, Board Member
    Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation, Board Member
    Ohio State Audit Committee


    American College of Bond Counsel, Fellow