Michael W. Graff Jr. Partner

Michael has served as bond, underwriter's, bank, borrower's, issuer's or trustee's counsel on dozens of tax-exempt bond financings in Virginia, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, Illinois, Florida, Mississippi, Nevada, Wisconsin and Idaho.

He has extensive experience in all aspects of tax-exempt financings for small manufacturing companies; private, nonprofit elementary and secondary schools; nonprofit association headquarters; college and university student housing facilities; hospitals and healthcare facilities; multifamily affordable housing projects (including low-income housing tax credits); solid waste disposal facilities; port facilities; water and waste authorities; community development authorities and other land-based special taxing districts; road and rail transportation projects; and various other borrowers, governmental issuers and their projects.

He is the co-author (with William J. Strickland) of "Financing Virginia's Local Governments" in the Virginia Local Government Attorneys' Handbook. A former trial lawyer, Michael has brought numerous judicial proceedings to establish the validity of municipal bonds.

He was a Parkinson scholar at Duke University School of Law and a member of Omicron Delta Kappa at the College of William & Mary.

  • Duke University School of Law, JD, Member, Duke Environmental Law & Policy Forum, Member, Duke Journal of Gender Law & Policy, 1994
  • The College of William & Mary, AB, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1991

Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Banking and Finance Law, Woodward/White, Inc., 2018-2023

Named to "Legal Elite," Legal Services/Pro Bono, Virginia Business, 2014, 2015, 2016

  • Virginia
  • Presenter, "Financial Innovation: A Roadmap to the Closing Table," VHA Housing Credit Conference, September 14, 2022
  • Speaker, "Advance Refundings - Basics, Limitations, Arbitrage & More," Council of Development Finance Agencies' Bond Finance Webcourse, June 10, 2015
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