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Ballard Spahr LLP
United States
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Dara N. Smith is an associate in the firm’s Finance Department, focusing her practice on public finance matters. She has served as bond counsel, underwriter’s counsel and borrower’s counsel on a variety of public infrastructure financing, including charter school, university and multifamily housing matters. She has experience representing governmental entities, health and educational institutions and other private entities developing infrastructure projects. She also has experience in drafting bond documents, official statements, remarketing circulars, continuing disclosure agreements and bond resolutions relating to tax-exempt bond issuances on behalf of local development corporations, industrial development agencies and other governmental agencies. Dara finds fulfillment in helping healthcare and higher education institutions improve their facilities to better serve local communities.


New York



Pennsylvania Bar Association

New York State Bar Association, Business Law Section, Derivatives and Structured Products Committee

American Bar Association, Business Law Committee

Teach for America, Alumni CorpsMember

Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity, Pardon Clinic Volunteer


American University, Washington College of Law (J.D. 2017)
Article Editor, “The Modern American Brief”

George Washington University (B.A. 2012)

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): municipal

Ballard Spahr LLP offers clients an ‘unparalleled‘ service, with advise encompassing municipal bankruptcy and recovery, in addition to buy-side representations, trust instruction proceedings and public finance. Tobey Daluz and Matthew Summers head the team from Wilmington, whilst Vincent Marriott and William Rhodes head the team from Philadelphia. Its team is well equipped to handle Chapter 9, Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 cases pertaining to special districts, senior living facilities and hospital systems. Notable highlights includes its representation of Wells Fargo Bank, NA, in its capacity as indenture trustee, in matters relating to the bankruptcy of Verity Health System and its outstanding municipal bonds exceeding $260m. Other notable individuals include William Wassweiler for his advisory to the Wilmington Trust and Dara Smith for her assistance to the Pennsylvania Economic Development Financing Authority.