Thomas Smida focuses on all aspects of Pennsylvania public finance transactions and municipal representation. He has served as counsel to Pennsylvania counties, townships, boroughs, school districts and water and sewer authorities. Additionally, he has represented national and state chartered banks and financial institutions in their role as lenders and letter of credit providers to tax-exempt issuers and private borrowers.
He is experienced in a wide range of tax-exempt and taxable municipal bond financings, including general obligation and revenue bond financings, tax and revenue anticipation notes, Build America Bonds, derivative products, forward purchase delivery agreements, pooled financings programs and variable rate instruments.
Mr. Smida has experience working with water and sewer authorities serving as bond counsel in both traditional tax-exempt financings and through government sponsored loan and grant programs including USDA Rural Utilities and the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority. Tom has also represented government units in IRS examination of municipal bond audit and examinations.
Mr. Smida has served as bond counsel for industrial and economic development finance projects including qualified small issue industrial development bond.
Mr. Smida also has extensive experience representing banks in Pennsylvania, municipal tax claim sale transactions for municipalities and school districts across the Commonwealth.
National Association of Bond Lawyers
Pennsylvania Association of Bond Lawyers
Pennsylvania Bar Association
Duquesne University School of Law, J.D.
Temple University, LL.M., Taxation
University of Pittsburgh, B.A.