Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Municipal finance lawyer Jeff Qualkinbush serves as bond counsel and counsel to underwriters in virtually all variety of tax-exempt financings involving governmental units within Indiana. Focused on creativity when evaluating his client’s legal options relative to their needs, Jeff is valued for his absolute diligence, ability to collaborate and attention to detail.
Jeff has far-reaching experience in lease financings, referendum processes, petition-remonstrance processes, procurement laws and procedures, access to public records laws, open door laws and property tax laws involving many different Indiana local government entities, with a particular emphasis on Indiana public school corporations and libraries. Over the last two decades, he has served as bond counsel for more than 100 school corporations and public libraries in bond issues totaling nearly $2 billion. He has also served as bond counsel to the city of Indianapolis for various bond issues totaling more than $1 billion.
Jeff’s core strength is his seemingly innate ability to understand what each client seeks to achieve for a given transaction based upon specific circumstances and facts, identifying the viable options under current laws and, most importantly, providing a recommended solution based on his many years of experience. Jeff also makes it his job to serve as the transaction lead, keeping the deal on track, being available to clients, and interacting with and managing the entire project team as it works toward a successful closing.
He has spoken extensively both regionally and nationally on various municipal finance and school finance issues, including Indiana's petition-remonstrance, referendum and objection processes.