Lewis Greenbaum is the head of Katten’s Government and Public Finance practice and has concentrated his practice on public finance law for 40 years. Lew works extensively as bond and underwriter’s counsel, advising state and local governments, nonprofits and public-private partnerships on a range of general obligation and revenue bond financings. He was involved in high-profile projects for scores of clients, including the City of Chicago, the City of Milwaukee, the Regional Transportation Authority, the Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago O’Hare International Airport, Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority, Cook County, the University of Illinois, the State of Illinois and many Illinois municipalities. He also advises the US Department of Transportation.
Lew also works with governments and public-private partnerships across the country, providing counsel on initiatives including the Gallery Center in Washington, DC, projects for the cities of Milwaukee, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh and Allentown, as well as major public utilities projects, such as the Snettisham Hydroelectric project in Juneau, Alaska, and the Bradley Lake Hydroelectric Project. He has served as bond counsel for numerous tax increment financings (TIFs).
He advises on public finance legislation. Lew is the co-author of the Local Government Debt Reform Act and the Municipal Bond Reform Act, two important statutes designed to modernize the public finance law of Illinois. He drafted the legislation that authorized tax increment allocation financing for the District of Columbia.
Lew began his career as a municipal bond attorney with the New York firm of Hawkins, Delafield & Wood and then joined Borge and Pitt which later merged with Katten.