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Bernard S. Davis

Bernard S. Davis

Member West Orange, NJ  

Bernard Davis is a member of the Public Finance Group. With 40 years of experience in public finance, his focus includes:

  • Private activity bonds
  • General obligation bonds
  • Revenue bonds
  • Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) compliance
  • Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) compliance
  • Public and private joint venture financings
  • Securitizations
  • Certificates of participation (COPs)
  • Corporate trust and Trust Indenture Act matters

In addition, Bern advised on the issuance of public and private bonds on behalf of a variety of entities throughout New Jersey, including hospitals, schools, municipalities, pharmaceutical companies, manufacturers, youth organizations and others.

Following admission to the Bar, Bern became an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of New Jersey and was appointed deputy chief of the Civil Division in 1974. Prior to entering private practice, he was assistant counsel for First National State Bancorporation, which merged with Wachovia Bank.

  • Seton Hall Law School (J.D., 1970)
  • Fairfield University (B.A., 1967)
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey

Bern serves as bond counsel to numerous entities, with issues totaling billions of dollars. Most recently, he advised on the issuance of:

  • $2 billion Tax and Revenue Anticipation Notes
  • $1.588 billion School Facilities Construction Bonds
  • $450 million School Facilities Construction Bonds
  • New Jersey Super Lawyers, Government Finance, Banking (2005-2007, 2009-2010)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Rating

Award Methodology

  • American College of Bond Counsel, Fellow
  • American Bar Association
  • American College of Bond Counsel, Fellow
  • Essex County Bar Association
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers
  • New Jersey State Bar Association

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