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Mayer Brown, David Narefsky, Chicago, USA

David Narefsky

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Mayer Brown

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Government and Global Trade.


David Narefsky’s law practice is focused primarily on public law, municipal finance and government relations. He provides comprehensive advice on state and local government matters, with particular emphasis on legislative, administrative, land use and zoning financial, real estate and development, state and local tax, and constitutional issues. David also represents issuers, investment bankers and borrowers in all aspects of tax-exempt financing involving airports, solid-waste general obligations, housing and urban development, tax increment financing, transportation, education, and health care. In addition, David provides individuals and corporations with legal and strategic advice on transactions and relationships with federal, state and local government entities. David advises clients on public-private development projects, including the negotiation of tax-increment financing and other governmental incentives and land use and zoning approvals. Representative clients and projects include: Riverside Park (60 acre, mixed-use redevelopment at Clark and Roosevelt Road); Brinshore-Michaels Development (redevelopment of CHA’s former Henry Horner Homes and Robert Taylor Homes); University Center (construction of South Loop dormitory/student life building by joint venture of DePaul University, Columbia College and Roosevelt University); Jones Lang LaSalle and Shaw Company (tax-increment financed mixed-use development in Warrenville and Waukegan); USX Corporation (tax-increment financed redevelopment of former SouthWorks site); and Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (land use and regulatory approvals for redevelopment of Navy Pier and expansion of McCormick Place convention center facilities). He also represents municipal issuers, underwriters and borrowers in all types of tax-exempt financing. Representative financings include: State of Illinois (bond counsel for $10 billion pension obligation bond financing); Chicago Board of Education (bond and underwriters’ counsel for $5 billion capital improvement program for Chicago Public Schools); City of Chicago (underwriters’ counsel for Lakefront Millennium Park Project; Chicago O’Hare International Airport improvements; implementation of mixed income affordable housing initiatives; and capital improvements for Chicago City Colleges). David represents clients engaged in capital improvement bond financings for 501(c) (3) organizations, including: the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago; United Way in Chicago; Kohl Museum of Greater Chicago; Goodman Theatre of Chicago; Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Illinois Institute of Technology; DePaul University; Loyola University of Chicago; Francis Parker School; North Shore County Day School; Sacred Heart Schools; Chicago Charter School Foundation; and Perspectives Charter School.


State University of New York, BA, 1976; University of Michigan, JD, 1979.

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