John Burton has been practicing law since 1988, when he received his J.D. degree from the Yale Law School. John structures, documents, and negotiates a variety of finance transactions for public and private clients. Over the course of his career, he has served in all of the primary roles in a bond financing, including bond counsel, underwriter's counsel, counsel to the credit enhancer and counsel to the issuer. While experienced in all areas of public finance, John devotes much of his time to healthcare and education finance. His experience also includes financings for governmental infrastructure projects and 501(c)(3) entities.
In addition, John has broad experience drafting and negotiating interest rate swaps and other derivative products for public and private clients. Over the course of various swap transactions, he has represented both swap market makers and end users of derivative products.
A native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, John graduated summa cum laude from Birmingham-Southern College in 1985. In college, he was elected a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa and Mortar Board. While in law school at Yale, he served as an Editor of the Yale Law and Policy Review and as a member of the Moot Court Board. Prior to entering private practice, John served as law clerk to the Honorable William M. Acker, Jr., U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama. He is a member of the Birmingham and American Bar Associations and the Alabama State Bar. John belongs to the National Association of Bond Lawyers and speaks frequently at NABL-sponsored educational seminars on public finance topics.
- Member, American College of Bond Counsel
- Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®, Public Finance, 2006-Present
- Member of Board of Directors, Mountain Brook City Schools Foundation
- Past President, Birmingham-Southern College National Alumni Association