John Kamins leads the firm's public finance practice. He has more than 35 years’ experience representing municipal bond issuers, underwriters, remarketing and placement agents, conduit borrowers, credit providers, banks and trustees in significant tax-exempt and taxable bond and note financings and refundings in Michigan, 16 other states and Puerto Rico, in a broad array of projects, including public buildings and infrastructure; parking facilities; sewer and water systems; highways and toll roads; solid waste disposal facilities; libraries; museums; convention centers and hotels; schools, charter schools and universities; stadiums; hospital, healthcare and congregate care facilities; multifamily and single family housing; manufacturing facilities; tax-exempt computer and equipment leases; and pooled cash deficit fundings.
John has been bond counsel to cities, counties, townships and diverse other local bond issuers, the State of Michigan, Michigan Strategic Fund, Michigan Municipal Bond Authority and other Michigan authorities, and an Indian tribal government. He has drafted Michigan bond legislation, ordinances, public ballot proposals and master indentures.
Admitted to practice in Michigan and Florida, John has lectured nationally and regionally on public and hospital finance. He is a past Vice Chairman of the Committee on Opinions of the National Association of Bond Lawyers (NABL), was the drafter for a NABL Model Bond Counsel Opinion project and served on the national Steering Committee for the 2008-2010 NABL Bond Attorneys Workshops.
John has successfully argued cases in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C. and the Michigan Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. He has been a defense expert witness in municipal bond lawsuits. He has counseled institutional lenders, bond trustees and issuers on workouts of troubled or defaulted bond issues and on legal and economic defeasances. Highly experienced with securities law disclosure requirements, he has represented issuers in offerings registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and counseled clients on their SEC disclosure obligations. He was for 16 years disclosure counsel to a major multistate health care system.
John invented and had a pivotal role as structuring and underwriters’ counsel for the $1.4 billion City of Detroit public pension funding transaction that won national recognition as The Bond Buyer’s 2005 Midwest Regional Deal of the Year.
A leader in his community and profession he has served as national Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and earlier President of its Michigan Chapter, President of Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit Foundation and Chairman of the Public Corporation Law Section of the State Bar.
Honors & Recognitions
AV® Preeminent™ Martindale-Hubbell
- Need Funding? Still Time to Consider Build America Bonds, Foster Swift Municipal Law News, May 2010
- Michigan Municipal Bond Authority’s Local Government Loan Program, Foster Swift Municipal Law News: MTA Edition, January 2010
- Performance and Payments Bonds Required for Public Projects, Foster Swift Municipal Law News, November 2008
News & Events
- Ten Things to Remember when the Municipality Borrows Money During Tough Economic Times, Annual Advanced Institute of the Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys, April 13, 2010
University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1970
University of Michigan, B.A., 1968
Bar and Court Admissions
U.S. Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, Washington, D.C.