Alan C. Cason


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Board Member, Terrapin Development Company, LLC

Board Chair, Y of Central Maryland

Board Member, University System of Maryland Foundation

Board Member, University of Maryland Alumni Association - International

Past President, University of Maryland Alumni Association

Advisory Board Member, Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service

Towson University Athletics Solution Committee

Board Member, Commercial Real Estate Professionals (Maryland)

Former Member, Judicial Nominating Commission, Baltimore City

Member, “M” Club, University of Maryland

Board Member, Terrapin Club, 2004-2005

Former Board Trustee, University of Maryland Foundation, Inc.

Former Advisory Board Member, University of Maryland Cancer Center

Former Board Member, Northeast Maryland Waste Disposal Authority

Member, Business Law Section Council, Maryland State Bar Association

Member, National Bar Association

Member, National Association of Bond Lawyers

Former Chairman, Minority Clerkship Program, Baltimore City Bar Association

Member, Monumental City Bar Association

Member, Wednesday Law Club (Baltimore)

Member, Terrapin Development Company

Alan is chair of the firm’s public finance practice. He has served as bond counsel and counsel to issuers, underwriters, borrowers, developers and trustees in connection with numerous tax-exempt and taxable bond issues and private financings in Maryland and elsewhere. He has served as lead counsel in some of Maryland’s largest project financings, including transactions involving hotel, convention center and retail facilities, continuing care retirement communities, solid waste disposal, paper recycling, co-generation, sludge pelletization, student housing and affordable housing.

Alan served as bond counsel and transaction counsel for Baltimore City in connection with its publicly financed, publicly owned $300,000,000 Baltimore Hilton convention center hotel adjacent to Orioles Park at Camden Yards. He also represents the developer of National Harbor, in connection with infrastructure financing. National Harbor is a 350 acre mixed use community combining retail, dining, office, residential, hotel and convention center facilities located in Prince George’s County, Maryland, along the Potomac River.

He served as underwriter’s counsel in connection with the financing of CONSOL Energy Center, the new 18,500-seat arena in downtown Pittsburgh for the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins.

Alan is a nationally recognized practitioner in the area of land-based infrastructure transactions, including special tax district, community development authority and tax increment (TIF) revenue bonds. He is currently serving as bond counsel for Baltimore City’s proposed $535,000,000 Port Covington bond issue and Howard County, Maryland’s Downtown Columbia TIF bonds. Alan is also serving as underwriter’s counsel for The Pinnacle shopping destination sales tax increment revenue bond issue in Bristol, Tennessee. He serves as outside general counsel for a number of nonprofit organizations, including a continuing care retirement community and Maryland businesses serving individuals with cognitive disabilities.

Alan also has extensive experience in municipal law, state and local government relations and economic development matters. He has testified before Senate and House of Delegates committees of the Maryland General Assembly on legislation concerning state and local governmental entities.

Alan has held many leadership positions at McGuireWoods. In addition to his current role as chair of the public finance practice, he served as chair of the Strategic Planning Committee and as managing partner of the firm’s Baltimore office. He also served as a member of the Associates Committee, Recruiting Committee and Nominating Committee for the Board of Partners. Prior to joining McGuireWoods, Alan was in private practice and also served as Harford County deputy county attorney. He is a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.

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Named “Lawyer of the Year,” Banking and Finance Law and Public Finance Law, Baltimore, The Best Lawyers in America, 2015

Named “Lawyer of the Year,” Public Finance Law, Baltimore, The Best Lawyers in America, 2013

Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Public Finance Law, 2009-2014, Banking and Finance Law and Public Finance Law, Woodward/White, Inc., 2007-2017

Named to “Maryland Super Lawyers,” Bonds/Government Finance, Business/Corporate, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2007-2017

Recipient, University of Maryland School of Law Practitioner of the Year (BLSA), 2005

Recipient, University of Maryland School of Law Alumnus of the Year (BLSA), 1999

AV Preeminent Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

Speaker, "TIF and the Capital Markets," Advanced TIF Course, Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA), August 2016
Speaker, "Municipal Financing Techniques," International Municipal Lawyers Association, September 2014
Speaker, "Tax Increment Finance and Harbor Point," Commercial Real Estate Professionals, May 2013
Speaker, "Tax Increment Financing," Maryland Government Finance Officers Association, May 2012
Speaker, "The Future of TIFs," Advanced Real Property Institute, October 2011
Speaker, "Advanced Tax Increment Finance WebCourse," Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA), April 2011
Speaker, "Tax Increment Finance Course," Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA), April 2010
Speaker, "TIF: Critical Public Policy," Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA) National Summit, May 2009