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Jarrod T. Smith Senior Counsel

Areas of Practice

Industries

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, 2003

Court Admissions

  • Michigan

Education

Michigan State University College of Law, J.D., cum laude

Michigan State University, B.S.

Jarrod T. Smith is a public finance attorney who practices in Dykema's Lansing Office. Prior to joining Dykema, Jarrod was an Assistant Attorney General with the Michigan Attorney General's Office for over 12 years. During that time, he acted as Issuer's Counsel to the State of Michigan and its various authorities for numerous transactions. Specifically, Mr. Smith has represented the State of Michigan, the Department of Transportation, the State Building Authority, the Department of Treasury, the Michigan Finance Authority, the Michigan Strategic Fund, and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority.

Notably, Jarrod has helped structure some of the most complex public finance transactions in Michigan over the past few years, including the $3.0 billion Unemployment Obligation Assessment Revenue Bonds transaction, which was recognized as the "Deal of the Year" by The Bond Buyer. Mr. Smith served as counsel to the Michigan Strategic Fund for the bonds issued to finance construction of the new arena for the Detroit Red Wings. He played a key role in the Michigan Finance Authority's refunding bond transaction to restructure and fix out the debt of the Detroit Public Schools. Mr. Smith also assisted in the State's restructuring of its School Bond Qualification and Loan Fund program through the creation of a School Loan Revolving Fund program administered by the Michigan Finance Authority.

Experience

General Counsel to the Michigan Strategic Fund

Issuer's Counsel to the State of Michigan, the Department of Transportation, the State Building Authority, the Department of Treasury, the Michigan Finance Authority, and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority

  • Detroit Red Wings Events Center
  • Detroit Public Schools and other pooled school district financings
  • Unemployment Insurance Obligation Bonds
  • Tobacco securitization financings and issues
  • Michigan Strategic Fund
  • Michigan Finance Authority
  • School Loan Revolving Fund
  • Represented the Michigan Department of Treasury with the School Bond Qualification and Loan Program

Memberships & Involvement

  • Michigan Bar Association
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers
  • Issuer's Counsel Panel, NABL Bond Attorney Workshop

Community/Civic Activities

  • Youth Football Coach
  • Church Membership Growth and Retention Committee Member