Kristen M. Kirby Partner

Kristen's practice focuses on public finance transactions.

She has served as bond counsel, underwriter’s counsel, bank counsel, and borrower’s counsel for a variety of tax-exempt transactions, including multifamily housing revenue bonds, 501(c)(3) bonds for colleges, universities, schools, including charter schools, and other nonprofits, private activity bonds, and industrial development bonds.

She has also served as bond counsel, underwriter’s counsel, and disclosure counsel in connection with traditional governmental financings for cities and counties. Kristen has experience with tax credit bonds, including qualified school construction bonds and qualified energy conservation bonds.


Bond counsel and underwriter's counsel in privately placed and publicly offered limited obligation, general obligation and revenue bond financings, qualified school construction bonds and qualified energy conservation bonds

Bond counsel to North Carolina local authorities in connection with multifamily housing revenue bonds (often combined with 4% tax credits) and industrial development bonds

Bond counsel and borrower’s counsel for numerous 501(c)(3) organizations, including private and charter schools, universities and hospitals in both private placement and public sale issues

Counsel to lenders and borrowers in connection with new markets tax credit transactions

  • Wake Forest University School of Law, JD, cum laude, Managing Editor, Intellectual Property Law Journal, 2009
  • Wake Forest University, MBA, with distinction, 2009
  • Duke University, BS, 2005

National Association of Bond Lawyers

North Carolina Women in Public Finance, Steering Committee, 2016-present

North Carolina Women’s Affordable Housing Network, Member, 2020-present

North Carolina Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, Chair, 2020-2021; Chair-Elect, 2019-2020; Secretary, 2018-2019; Administrative Division Director, 2017-2018; Pro Bono Division Director, 2014-2017; Chair of Wills for Heroes Committee, 2012-2014

North Carolina Bar Association Board of Governors, Executive Committee, 2020-2021

North Carolina Bar Foundation, Board of Directors, 2020-2021; Endowment Committee, 2019-2020

  • North Carolina

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Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Public Finance Law, Woodward/White, Inc., 2022, 2023

Named to "Legal Elite," Young Guns (Lawyers Under 40), Business North Carolina, 2020, 2021, 2023

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