Bill Stockmeyer is Drummond Woodsum’s Practice Group Leader for the School & Local Government and the Public Finance Groups. He represents clients on a wide range of financial and business matters, including bond issuance, budgetary matters, enabling and other legislation, school funding, school reorganization, construction contracts, public bidding and procurement, real estate, and board conflicts of interest.
Bill has served as bond counsel and issuer’s counsel in both Maine and New Hampshire financings. His clients include public schools, municipalities, special purpose districts and other quasi-municipal corporations. His expertise in public sector financing includes general obligation bonds, revenue bonds, working capital financings, private activity bonds, current and advance refundings, lease purchase financings, remedial actions and private letter rulings. Bill has extensive experience with tax credit bonds, particularly qualified school construction bonds, qualified zone academy bonds, qualified energy conservation bonds and Build America Bonds, as well as conduit financings to state bonding agency issuers. Bill is approved as local counsel by the Maine Municipal Bond Bank and the New Hampshire Municipal Bond Bank and he has served as special tax counsel to lease finance companies on state equipment financings.
Bill has advised public entities on numerous legislative matters pertaining to their organization and legal authority. He was extensively involved in recent, sweeping changes to Maine law governing the consolidation of public school systems, then guided numerous clients through the reorganization process.
Bill is rated AV, the highest rating awarded by Martindale Hubbell, and is listed in Best Lawyers in America in the categories of Public Finance Law and Education Law. He has been a member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers for over 20 years. In 2010, Bill’s national peers elected him to the American College of Bond Counsel, at that time one of only two attorneys so recognized and practicing in Maine or New Hampshire. Bill is listed in the "Red Book" of municipal bond attorneys.
Bill has published numerous articles on financial and business topics for public officials. In 2011, he extensively rewrote the School Finance chapter of Maine School Law, Fourth Edition to keep officials up to date on statutory changes affecting school funding, school reorganization and charter schools.
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