John T. Kelly - Public Finance Attorney in NJ

John T. Kelly
Phone: 732.855.6139
Fax: 732.726.6582
Bar Admission:

New Jersey, 1982 
United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, 1982
New York, 1983

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J.D., Seton Hall University School of Law, 1982
B.A., The Pennsylvania State University, 1978

Biographical Information:

John T. Kelly, a shareholder of Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A., has concentrated his practice in public and corporate finance since he began practicing law in 1982. During his career, Mr. Kelly has participated in more than 400 financings completed by numerous cities, counties, agencies, authorities and other political subdivisions in the State of New Jersey and elsewhere throughout the nation. His experience includes serving as bond counsel, underwriters’ counsel, disclosure counsel and general counsel on virtually every type of tax-exempt and taxable financing completed in the public finance market, including numerous forms of revenue bonds and lease/lease-purchase financings, variable rate demand bonds, auction rate securities, commercial paper programs, general obligation bonds, tax and revenue anticipation notes, pooled loan transactions and asset-backed securitization financings. He also has extensive experience representing governmental and related entities in connection with interest rate swap agreements, swaptions, call rights and other derivative financial instruments.

Mr. Kelly has participated in financings of a wide variety of projects and facilities, including highway, bridge, tunnel, commuter rail, subway and other transportation projects and facilities, educational and student housing facilities, hospital and other health care related facilities, electrical power generation and transmission facilities, solid waste and resource recovery facilities, co-generation and renewable energy facilities, water and wastewater treatment facilities, hotels and convention centers and various economic development and redevelopment projects.

Over the past decade, Mr. Kelly has served as bond counsel or underwriters’ counsel on numerous financings completed by the State of New Jersey, the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, the New Jersey Transportation Trust Fund Authority, the New Jersey Health Care Facilities Financing Authority, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, the New Jersey Educational Facilities Authority, the New Jersey Water Supply Authority and New Jersey Transit Corporation. During 2009 and 2010, he served as bond counsel to the New Jersey Turnpike Authority and the New Jersey Transportation Trust Fund Authority in connection with the issuance of more than $4 billion of Build America Bonds.

Mr. Kelly’s corporate finance experience includes serving as counsel to issuers and underwriters/placement agents in connection with the public offering and/or private placement of various securities issued by private corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies and other entities, including providing advice and guidance with respect to compliance with all federal and state securities laws and the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission applicable thereto.

Mr. Kelly has also represented private corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies and other entities in all aspects of general corporate law, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, assets sales, shareholder agreements, operating agreements, employment and consulting agreements, and licensing agreements.


Area of Emphasis:

Public Finance Law
Interest Rate Swap Agreements and Other Derivative Instruments
Infrastructure and Renewable Energy Financings
Corporate Finance and Securities Law
General Corporate Law

Speaking Experience:

Mr. Kelly has lectured extensively at numerous seminars relating to public finance issues, including serving as a panelist with respect to Build America Bonds at the National Association of Bond Attorneys’ Workshop held in Phoenix, AZ in October 2009.

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