Kathleen C. McKinney - Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd P.A.

Kathleen C. McKinney

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2003

Kathy McKinney assists healthcare and educational institutions in mergers, acquisitions, expansions, and affiliations with a focus on addressing legal strategies for taxable and tax exempt debt and other financing options.

Ms. McKinney is a past president of the National Association of Bond Lawyers (2009 - 2010) and was awarded the Frederick O. Kiel Distinguished Service Award for extraordinary service to NABL in 2013 and has chaired the Steering Committee of the Bond Attorneys’ Workshop of NABL. She has served as a faculty member of the NABL Fundamentals of Municipal Bond Law, Bond Attorneys’ Workshop and Tax and Securities Law Institute programs.

A Fellow of the American College of Bond Counsel, she has been bond, issuers’, disclosure and underwriters’ counsel for more than 100 revenue bond issues, resulting in $3 billion of capital investment in South Carolina in the past five years.

She serves as bond counsel for many of South Carolina’s leading hospitals, including the Greenville Health System and other regional hospital systems throughout South Carolina. She was appointed by the SC DHEC Board to serve on the Certificate of Need (CON) Study Committee charged with making recommendations to the CON laws. The committee was composed of legislative members, hospital representatives, long-term care groups, rural health organizations, physician practices, and industry associations.

Ms. McKinney also serves as bond counsel for colleges and universities, foundations, continuing care retirement centers and cultural centers and has assisted in corporate governance matters for public and nonprofit institutions.

In 2010, she was named an Independent Director of the FHLBanks Office of Finance Board of Directors, and currently serves on the Audit Committee and is vice chair of the Governance Committee. She is the first South Carolinian to hold this position.

She is listed in South Carolina Super Lawyers® - Government Finance (2016) and Chambers USA for Corporate/M&A: Banking & Finance (2016). In April 2013, Ms. McKinney was honored by the University of South Carolina School of Law with its Compleat Lawyer Award - Platinum. In 2010, South Carolina Lawyers Weekly presented Ms. McKinney with the “Leadership in Law Award," an award presented to 17 SC lawyers whose accomplishments “represent the very best of the legal profession,” according to the publisher.

In 2010, Ms. McKinney was named one of the “50 Most Influential” in Greenville. In 2012, Greenville Business Magazine named her as one of Greenville’s “Women Who Lead.” She was also profiled in the publication’s 2013 Legal Elite. Ms. McKinney was named in 2013 as the Distinguished Alumna of the South Carolina Honors College.

She serves on the advisory board of Leadership South Carolina and is a founder of the Upstate South Carolina Alliance, a multi-county economic development organization.  Ms. McKinney is immediate past board chair of the South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities board of trustees where she continues to serve on the Executive Committee.  

Ms. McKinney is very active in both the state and the Greenville communities. She is a past chair of the Furman University board of trustees, has served on the Executive Committee for the Greenville Symphony Orchestra, is a former member of the Endowment Board of the Greenville Symphony Orchestra, is past president of the South Carolina Children’s Theatre, and is past president of the Upcountry History Museum.

Additional Information

Court Admissions — U.S. District Court, South Carolina, 1979
University of South CarolinaBA 1975University of South Carolina School of LawJ.D. 1978
Leadership South Carolina

Office Location

One North Main, Second Floor
P.O. Box 2048
Greenville, SC 29602-2048
United States


Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Economic Development Law of the Greenville Metro Area2016 Lawyer of the Year in Public Finance Law of the Greenville Metro Area2014 Lawyer of the Year in Public Finance Law of the Greenville Metro Area
Kathleen C. McKinney has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!Kathleen C. McKinney has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2016!Kathleen C. McKinney has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!

Practice Areas

Economic Development Law
Public Finance Law (Economic Development, Financing via Property Taxation, Municipal, Project Finance, Public and Private Partnerships)