Mary Nash is the managing partner of McGuireWoods’ Raleigh office. She works closely with local governments, nonprofits and others to finance capital improvements using tax advantage financing, primarily tax exempt bonds. Her work includes financings for educational institutions, including public and private K-12 schools, charter schools, and public and private colleges and universities.
She assists local governments and nonprofits in traditional tax exempt financings of capital projects, as well as more innovative financings that involve public-private partnerships, synthetic tax increment financing and new markets tax credits.
Mary Nash has been involved in nearly all of the affordable housing bond issues in the state over the past decade that involve tax exempt bonds and 4% tax credits, and she continues to work with local governments to find innovative ways to provide more affordable housing in North Carolina.
The best part of her practice is working with public and private borrowers to find ways to provide needed infrastructure and capital improvements using creative and cost-effective financing tools. “It is satisfying to know that when we finish a deal, something will be built that the community needs,” she said.
Acted as bond counsel for most of the low- and moderate-income housing bonds (often combined with 4% tax credits) issued by housing authorities and other local issuers in North Carolina.
Acted as bond counsel and underwriter’s counsel for public finance issues, including public and private universities, private schools, charter schools, housing authorities, cities, counties (and related school boards), a turnpike authority and port facilities.
Acted as bond counsel and bank counsel for numerous privately placed bank loans to cities, counties, school districts and other public entities.
Acted as borrower’s counsel, lender’s counsel and underwriter’s counsel in new markets tax credit transactions to finance, among others, several public schools, a city arts center and theater, a manufacturing facility, a hospital addition, a biotech center, a YMCA facility, a downtown community facility and a charter school.
Acted as bond counsel for numerous industrial development bonds (formally known as qualified small issue bonds) and exempt facility bonds (including solid waste disposal bonds) in North Carolina.
Member, American College of Bond Attorneys
Member, National Association of Bond Lawyers
Board of Governors, North Carolina Bar Association 2019-2022
Member, Board of Directors, North Carolina Bar Foundation, 2019-2022
Member and Past Chair, Women in the Profession Committee, North Carolina Bar Association, 2011-2014
Member, WakeMed Board of Directors, 2019-2025
Chair, Board of Directors, YMCA of the Triangle Area, 2013-2015; Member, Board of Directors, 2010-2016
Member, WakeMed Foundation Board of Directors, 2011-2017
Member, Commission on PPPs, North Carolina General Assembly, 2010-2011
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Selected for inclusion in America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Banking & Finance: Public Finance, North Carolina, Chambers USA, 2020, 2021
Named to North Carolina Pro Bono Honor Society, 2020
Named to "North Carolina Super Lawyers," Government Finance, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2009-2021
Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Public Finance Law, 2017-2021; Banking and Finance Law, 2018, 2020, 2021, Woodward/White, Inc.
Named to "Leaders in the Law," North Carolina Lawyers Weekly, 2019
Named “Lawyer of the Year,” Public Finance Law, North Carolina, Best Lawyers, 2016, 2017, 2019
Named “Lawyer of the Year,” Banking and Finance Law, North Carolina, Best Lawyers, 2018
Named to "North Carolina Top 50 Women," Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2008-2012
Recipient, Women in Business Award, Triangle Business Journal, 2009
McGuireWoods Achieves Top Rankings in Chambers USA’s 2020 Leading Lawyers Guide
May 1, 2020
McGuireWoods Moves Raleigh Office to Larger Space in Brand-New FNB Tower
January 27, 2020
McGuireWoods Earns Top Rankings in Chambers USA’s 2019 Leading Lawyers Guide
April 30, 2019
Mary Nash Rusher Appointed Managing Partner of McGuireWoods’ Raleigh Office
July 27, 2018