Howard Zucker - Hawkins Delafield & Wood LLP

Howard Zucker

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2005
Phone: 212-820-9362

Mr. Zucker joined Hawkins Delafield & Wood LLP in 1977 as an associate and became a member of the Firm in January 1985, and has been a member of the Firm's Management Committee since 1991. He is a Past President of the 3,000-member National Association of Bond Lawyers ("NABL"), ending his term in September 2000, whereupon The Bond Buyer wrote he was stepping down "with kudos from regulators and other market participants for dramatically changing the character of NABL and propelling it into a major leadership role in the municipal market." Mr. Zucker received in 2007 the Career Achievement Award from The Municipal Forum of New York, an organization started in 1938, the membership of which includes all sectors of public finance, including public officials, investment bankers and attorneys. He was awarded the Friel Medal by NABL in 2012 for Distinguished Service in Public Finance. Mr. Zucker was chosen by The Bond Buyer to chair its Inaugural National Public Finance Conference in December 2001 and its Tri-State/New York Public Finance Conferences in April 2011, May 2012 and April 2013.

Mr. Zucker has been selected for three years as one of the 500 leading lawyers from over 1.1 million lawyers by Lawdragon magazine, which wrote “[t]his housing heavyweight is at home leading the nation’s premier bond boutique.” He was selected as one of 500 leading lawyer-dealmakers in the nation by a legal industry publication. He has been also included for several years in the “Best Lawyers in America” survey and in Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who in the World. Mr. Zucker was selected as "Lawyer of the Year" in Public Finance Law, having received the highest voting average during Best Lawyers comprehensive peer-review evaluation.

Mr. Zucker has over 35 years' experience in housing finance. He is currently in charge of the Firm's housing and mortgage finance practice group. He is the co-author, along with Joseph P. Rogers, Jr., of ABCs of Housing Bonds (first published in 1985, now in its Fifth Edition). He was selected to be the first Chairman of the Bond Finance Practice Division of the Forum of Affordable Housing and Community Development Law of the American Bar Association ("ABA"). He chaired the Single Family Bond Workshops of NABL for five years. Mr. Zucker was for two years the Chairman of the Public Finance Committee of the State and Local Government Law Section of the ABA and prior thereto was the Chairman of its Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee.

Mr. Zucker currently is in charge of the Firm's representation in connection with several state housing finance agencies, including State of New York Mortgage Agency, California Housing Finance Agency, Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, Michigan State Housing Development Authority, and Oregon Housing and Community Services Department. Mr. Zucker has also been a leader in the securitization of tobacco settlement payments.

Mr. Zucker has lectured extensively on the subjects of tax-exempt housing finance, securities law and ethics. Mr. Zucker is a member of the bar of the State of New York.

University of PennsylvaniaBS 1974University of Pennsylvania Law SchoolJ.D. 1977
New York State Bar AssociationThe Association of the Bar of the City of New YorkAmerican Bar AssociationNational Association of Bond Lawyers

Office Location

28 Liberty Street
New York, NY 10005-1401
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Public Finance Law of the New York City Metro Area2013 Lawyer of the Year in Public Finance Law of the New York City Metro Area
Howard Zucker has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!Howard Zucker has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2013!

Practice Areas

Corporate Law
Public Finance Law (Bond)

Other Information

Gender: Male