Johnny Hutchinson focuses his practice on tax issues relating to public finance.
He has devoted substantial time to all types of tax-advantaged state and local debt, including governmental financings and financings for 501(c)(3) health systems and higher education institutions throughout the country. He also has experience with private activity financings, including solid waste disposal and sewage facilities for large utilities and industrial operations. In addition, Johnny has significant experience with governmental bond and private activity bond financings for airport facilities, including recently providing tax counsel for the New York Transportation Development Corporation for its US$2.4 billion tax-exempt bond issue and public-private partnership (P3) to redevelop the main passenger terminal at LaGuardia International Airport.
Johnny has extensive experience with “post-issuance compliance” for tax-advantaged bonds. He has represented issuers before the IRS in audits of all types of tax-advantaged bonds, and he has considerable experience in representing issuers submitting requests to the IRS Voluntary Closing Agreement Program. Working with the elite Squire Patton Boggs Public Policy Practice, Johnny advises clients on pending legislative and regulatory efforts, including drafting new legislation and administrative proposals.
Johnny writes for the Public Finance Tax blog, which is the first blog devoted exclusively to the tax issues that arise in connection with tax-advantaged state and local debt. He also regularly speaks in front of key industry groups.
In each year since 2013, Johnny has been selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers – Rising Stars, a listing of top up-and-coming lawyers. He is also a member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers, where he serves as Chairman of the Tax Law Committee and is a member of the Bond Attorneys’ Workshop Steering Committee.