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Tricia Gasparine Joins Wolff & Samson's Public Finance Group

July 13, 2009

Tricia M. Gasparine has joined Wolff & Samson PC as counsel in the firm's Public Finance Group.  Prior to joining Wolff & Samson, Gasparine was a partner at McManimon & Scotland, LLC in Newark, NJ.

Gasparine has significant experience handling public finance matters, with a particular focus on complex structured transactions for the State of New Jersey and its agencies and authorities. She has acted as bond counsel in transactions involving the State of New Jersey, the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, the New Jersey Transportation Trust Fund Authority, the New Jersey Health Care Facilities Financing Authority and the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency. In her role as bond counsel, Gasparine attends to transactional, tax and disclosure matters.

Of note, Gasparine assisted in drafting enabling legislation for major financing initiatives on behalf of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority and the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority. She also participated in more than $5 billion in notional amount of interest rate swaps as well as other derivative transactions. In addition, Gasparine acts as bond counsel to various municipal and county-level issuers, and represents underwriters, trustees, credit enhancers, developers and derivative transaction counterparties.

According to Bernard S. Davis, head of the firm’s Public Finance Group, Gasparine brings additional depth and experience to a very active practice. In 2008, Wolff & Samson led all firms in New Jersey in the principal amount of issues for which it served as Bond Counsel. Gasparine’s additional experience as underwriter’s counsel will be the perfect complement to the department’s bond practice, according to Davis.

Previously, Gasparine was an associate with Wolff & Samson from 2000 until 2005. From September 1999 to August 2000, she served as law clerk for the Honorable Richard Newman, New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division. She graduated cum laude from both Villanova University and Seton Hall University School of Law. While at Seton Hall University, she served as notes editor of the Seton Hall Law Review.