Alan C. Cason Partner

Alan 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, transportation improvements, charter schools, 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, casino 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 PPG Paints Arena, the 18,300-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 $660,000,000 Port Covington bond issuances and Howard County, Maryland’s Downtown Columbia TIF bonds. Alan also served as underwriter’s counsel for The Pinnacle shopping destination sales tax increment revenue bond issue in Bristol, Tennessee. Alan was instrumental in assisting Prince George’s County and a developer to relocate the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services headquarters building to Camp Springs, Maryland. 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 local governments and economic development tools.

Alan has held many leadership positions at McGuireWoods. He serves on the firm’s Board of Partners and is a member of the Executive Committee. He served as chair of the public finance practice, chair of the Strategic Planning Committee and managing partner of the firm’s Baltimore office. He also served as a member of the Diversity Action Council, 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.

  • University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business, BS, Dean's List
  • University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, JD

Fellow, The American College of Bond Counsel

Board Member, Terrapin Development Company, LLC

Past 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, 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)

  • Speaker, "Understanding Your TIF Statute," CDFA Advanced Tax Increment WebCourse, May 2021
  • Speaker, "Atypical TIF Structures You Should Know," CDFA National Development Summit, Tampa, Florida, November 2019
  • "Trends in Tax Increment Financing in Maryland," Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA), June 2018
  • "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
  • Maryland
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

Named “Lawyer of the Year,” Public Finance Law, Baltimore, The Best Lawyers in America, 2013, 2020, 2022

Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Public Finance Law, 2009-2022; Banking and Finance Law 2013-2022, Woodward/White, Inc.

Named to “Maryland Super Lawyers,” Bonds/Government Finance, Business/Corporate, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2007-2020

Named to “2020 Influential Marylanders,” The Daily Record, 2020

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

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

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