Squire Patton Boggs is pleased to announce that Julie Arvo MacKenzie and Brigitte Finley Green have rejoined the firm in its Phoenix office as of counsel in the Public & Infrastructure Finance Practice, focusing on public finance, particularly for the benefit of nonprofit charter schools and healthcare facilities. They were both most recently shareholders at Engelman Berger, P.C.
"Julie and Brigitte are versatile practitioners who bring extensive expertise and relationships to our practice, continuing our tradition of helping clients navigate the increasingly complex infrastructure landscape. We are delighted to have them rejoin the team,” said Bob Labes, leader of the Public & Infrastructure Finance Practice Group.
Ms. Arvo MacKenzie has more than 30 years of public finance and healthcare finance experience. Prior to rejoining Squire, she co-founded Engelman Berger’s public finance group, and formed her own law firm as well as practiced at large national law firms, where she concentrated primarily in public finance, including bond financing transactions for numerous housing, hospital, education, and economic development projects. She has served as borrower counsel to a large national health care system on numerous tax-exempt bond issues totaling more than $1.5 billion to finance a variety of acquisition, construction, and infrastructure projects, among other related matters. She also served as general counsel for Arizona Health Facilities Authority where she negotiated contracts and financing documents for approximately $4.6 billion of revenue bonds.
Ms. Finley Green also brings almost 30 years of experience in public finance and federal tax law at large regional and national law firms where she served primarily as bond counsel and underwriter’s counsel on a wide variety of municipal bond and lease-purchase transactions for state and local governmental issuers. Early in her public finance career she served as an attorney advisor with the Internal Revenue Service’s Office of Chief Counsel in Washington, D.C., where she practiced exclusively in the tax-exempt bond area and her duties included preparing treasury regulations and IRS rulings.
Commenting on her return, Ms. Arvo MacKenzie said, “Squire Patton Boggs has a well-earned reputation as one of the premiere firms in the space and I was attracted to the prospect of reconnecting with former colleagues and bringing the firm’s extensive resources to bear for my clients.”
Ms. Finley Green added, “Squire Patton Boggs’ Public & Infrastructure Finance Practice has assembled a talented multidisciplinary team to complete complex infrastructure projects. I’m delighted to rejoin the firm and serve not only the Phoenix business community, but clients throughout the country.”
Squire Patton Boggs has been nationally ranked as one of the top bond counsel firms for over a century, having served as bond counsel to more than 500 counties, cities, towns, school districts, service authorities, sanitary districts, states, state agencies, and other issuing entities in the United States. The firm has nearly 50 dedicated public infrastructure and finance lawyers located in 11 offices across the United States. In 2022, the Public & Infrastructure Finance Practice Group was ranked as one of the Top 10 Bond Counsel firms (by dollar volume) in the country, with 107 publicly-offered deals totaling $8.647 billion.