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.
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)
Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Public Finance Law, 2009-2021; Banking and Finance Law 2013-2021, 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,” Public Finance Law, Baltimore, The Best Lawyers in America, 2013, 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
The Daily Record Honors McGuireWoods’ Alan Cason as a 2020 Influential Marylander
March 12, 2020
192 McGuireWoods Attorneys Recognized in 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America
August 15, 2019
The Bond Buyer Ranks McGuireWoods No. 1 Bond Counsel in Southeast for 2016
February 27, 2017