Roger L. Davis

Roger L. Davis

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

405 Howard Street, 9th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105

Tel: (415) 773-5758 Fax: (415) 773-5759



General obligation bonds, Municipal revenue bonds, Assessment and other land-based bonds and tax increment bonds, Exempt organization bonds (including health care, higher education, schools and cultural institutions), Bonds backed by corporate or project revenues, Multifamily housing bonds, Single-family housing bonds, Student loan bonds, Tax planning, Securities law, Tax credit bonds, Municipal derivatives

B.A., Tulane, 1967 M.A., UCLA, 1969 Ph.D., UCLA, 1971, J.D., Harvard Law School, 1974

Professional Affiliations:
Board of Directors, Calif. Public Securities Association Municipal Legal Advisory Cmte. of The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) California Debt and Investment Advisory Commission, Technical Advisory Cmte. Bay Area Council


Roger L. Davis is partner in the San Francisco office and Chair of the Public Finance Department, which for most of the last two decades has ranked as number one bond counsel and disclosure counsel and within the top three underwriters counsel for state and local government bonds throughout the United States. He is also partner in charge of ancillary businesses, which includes the BLX Group, a leading provider of arbitrage rebate compliance, investment and swap advisory, continuing disclosure and other post-bond issuance compliance services.

Mr. Davis has been Public Finance Department Chair since 1981 and has presided over the growth of Orrick's public finance department from 12 lawyers in San Francisco to more than 90 public finance and tax attorneys in San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, Sacramento, Seattle, Portland and Washington, D.C. As Chair, he has responsibility for planning, direction and standards of practice for public finance in all Orrick offices.

Mr. Davis spends most of his time maintaining a substantial practice in public finance, and is lead counsel on an average of more than 40 transactions a year.  He has served as bond counsel, underwriters counsel, disclosure counsel, borrower counsel, bank counsel, derivatives counsel, and other roles in more than 900 transactions involving virtually every type of state and local governmental obligation in most of the western states and several Pacific islands.

Mr. Davis also frequently speaks and writes on matters related to public finance, develops new financial products, and drafts legislation enacted in several states and territories to facilitate borrowing by public entities for a wide variety of projects and programs.

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