Jennifer J. Stearman Partner

Jennifer practices in the area of corporate finance with a focus in the energy and healthcare industries. She represents borrowers, including healthcare systems and hospitals, underwriters, credit providers, corporate trustees and other agents in a diverse range of tax-exempt and taxable finance transactions.

She has substantial experience in tax-advantaged healthcare, higher education and municipal/government debt and lease financings as well as traditional secured and unsecured lending and asset securitization transactions. She has represented lenders, developers and equity investors in connection with the acquisition, development and financing of continuing care retirement communities, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities and other senior housing projects. She has also counseled participants in equipment, project and lease finance transactions involving numerous departments and agencies of the U.S. government, municipalities, and other entities in 42 different states and overseas.

Prior to joining McGuireWoods, Jennifer was a judicial clerk for the Honorable James R. Eyler of the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland, and worked in the general counsel's office at the American National Red Cross. While earning her law degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law, she was chair of the Moot Court Board, articles editor of the Law Review and recipient of the Dean's Citation for Service Award.


Energy Efficiency and Project Financing

Representation of lenders, purchasers, lead arrangers, trustees and other agents in connection with the financing of over $2 billion in energy efficiency assets, involving over 300 separate transactions and 1,200 separate energy conservation measures, including $125 million project financing for a biomass cogeneration facility at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site, under the U.S. Department of Energy’s largest ever energy savings performance contract (ESPC).

Lease Financing

Counsel to national leasing company in connection with origination and syndication of hundreds of federal, municipal and non-profit healthcare leases.

Counsel to national leasing company in connection with acquisition of $400 million municipal lease portfolio.

Asset Securitization

Representation of issuer, servicer, and corporate trustee in connection with a $1.5 billion multi-tranche securitization of U.S. government ESPCs.

Representation of financial institutions, corporate trustees and other participants in credit card securitizations during the past decade involving some of the most prominent credit card issuers, including American Express, JPMorgan Chase, and Bank of America.

Healthcare Financing

Representation of lenders in connection with $265 million senior syndicated debt facility to healthcare system.

Representation of national financial institutions in connection with direct purchase of over $300 million of revenue bonds for non-profit hospitals and healthcare systems.

Representation of underwriters in connection with public offering of an aggregate of over $1.4 billion of revenue bonds for state university healthcare system.

Representation of nonprofit hospital system in connection with public offering of over $300 million of revenue bonds.

Representation of bank in connection with over $600 million multi-series public bond offering for university medical system.

  • University of Baltimore, JD, cum laude, Articles Editor, University of Baltimore Law Review; Business Editor, University of Baltimore Intellectual Property Law Journal, 1999
  • University of South Carolina, BA, 1993

Member, Greater Baltimore Committee Leadership Program, 2011

Chair, 2011-2014; Vice Chair, 2009-2011; Member, 2004-present; Board of Visitors, University of Maryland Children's Hospital

Board Member, Publications Committee and Nominating Committee, Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, 2005-2011

Editorial Board, MVLA Arts Brief, Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, 2007-2011

Member, Executive Leadership Team, American Heart Association – MidAtlantic Affiliate Heart Walk, 2011

Chair, 2010-2012; Vice Chair, 2006-2010; Member, 2001-present, Uniform Commercial Code Committee, Business Law Section, Maryland State Bar Association

Member, Subcommittee on Priority and Perfection Issues, Special Committee on Lawyers Opinions in Commercial Transactions, Maryland State Bar Association, 2006-2007

Member, National Association of Bond Lawyers

Member, American Health Lawyers Association

Member, Association for Governmental Leasing and Finance

  • Presenter, "Important Considerations in Perfecting a Security Interest in Special Collateral Types," Business Law Institute, Maryland State Bar Association, April 2010
  • Presenter, "What Business Lawyers Need to Know About Equity Interests as Collateral," Business Law Institute, Maryland State Bar Association, April 2010
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit

Recipient, Leadership in Law Award, The Daily Record, 2017

Named to "Maryland's Top 100 Women," The Daily Record, 2007, 2012, 2015

Inducted into The Daily Record's Circle of Excellence, an honor exclusive to three-time honorees, 2015

Named to the "VIP List," The Daily Record, 2011

Named to "Maryland Rising Stars," Banking, Bonds/Government Finance, Business/Corporate, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2011

Named to "Maryland's Leading Women," The Daily Record, 2010

Named to "Baltimore's 40 Under 40 Business Leaders," Baltimore Business Journal, 2007

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