Christopher J. Franzmann devotes a substantial portion of his practice to serving as bond counsel for state and local government entities. He also advises government entities in connection with economic development projects and public-private partnerships.

Chris has served as bond counsel on more than 900 financings aggregating approximately US$7.5 billion. These financings have included various general obligation financings, tax increment financings, utility revenue financings, airport revenue financings and special obligation financings for Ohio and its agencies, counties, cities, villages, port authorities, townships, park districts, new community authorities, transportation improvement districts and other governmental entities.

Chris has also worked on a variety of economic development and public-private partnership projects. These projects have included the creation of tax increment financing areas, community reinvestment areas, enterprise zones, new community authority districts and joint economic development districts, all to encourage the investment of private capital in local communities and to stimulate economic development and redevelopment.

Chris has been named in The Best Lawyers in America each year since 2006 and is a Best Lawyers 2016 “Lawyer of the Year” for Public Finance Law – Columbus. He is also recognized as an Ohio Super Lawyer, a distinction honoring the top lawyers in the state.

Chris is a past member of and secretary for the Board of Trustees of the Ohio Government Finance Officers Association, where he has served on the education, membership and sponsorship committees.

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  • Indiana University – Robert H McKinney School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, Articles Editor, Indiana Law Review, 1991
  • Indiana University - Indianapolis, B.S., 1988
  • Purdue University, Indianapolis, A.A.S., 1986


  • Ohio, 1998
  • Indiana, 1991
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2023 and 2024, an honor based on an exhaustive peer-review process
  • Named The Best Lawyers in America 2021 Lawyer of the Year for Public Finance Law in Columbus

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