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Jarrod T. Smith Member

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 his time as an Assistant Attorney General, he acted as Issuer's Counsel to the State of Michigan and its various authorities for numerous transactions. Specifically, Mr. Smith represented the State of Michigan, the Department of Treasury, the Department of Transportation, the State Building Authority, the Michigan Finance Authority, the Michigan Strategic Fund, and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority.

Notably, during that time Jarrod helped structure some of the most complex public finance transactions in Michigan, including the $3.0 billion Unemployment Obligation Assessment Revenue Bonds transaction, which was recognized as the national "Deal of the Year" by The Bond Buyer. Mr. Smith served as counsel to the Michigan Strategic Fund for the bonds initially issued to finance construction of Little Caesar’s Arena, the new arena for the Detroit Red Wings and the Detroit Pistons. He also 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 and 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.  Since joining Dykema, Jarrod continues to represent these issuers as well as underwriters and other financial institutions for a variety of public finance transactions.   

Experience

  • Issuer's Counsel and Bond Counsel to the State of Michigan, the Department of Treasury, the Department of Transportation, the State Building Authority, the Michigan Finance Authority, and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority
  • Underwriter’s Counsel to numerous underwriting and financial institutions
  • Bond Counsel to multiple municipalities including cities, townships and tax increment financing authorities
  • General Counsel to the Michigan Strategic Fund
  • Bond and Note Counsel to the Michigan Finance Authority for various pooled and distressed school district transactions
  • Issuer’s Counsel to the Michigan Strategic Fund for construction financing for Little Caesar’s Arena
  • Bond Counsel to the City of Detroit Downtown Development Authority for Little Caesar’s Arena construction and refinancings
  • Bond Counsel to the Michigan Finance Authority for the School Loan Revolving Fund/School Bond Loan Fund, including for multiple transactions restructuring approximately $1 billion of debt on behalf of the Michigan Finance Authority in 2019
  • Bond Counsel to the Economic Development Corporations of the City of East Lansing and Meridian Township for the refunding of bonds that finance continuing care and retirement centers
  • Underwriter’s Counsel for City of Detroit distributable state aid and capital improvement bond refinancings in 2018
  • Underwriter’s Counsel for 2018 Wayne County Criminal Justice Facility Bonds, which was recognized as the mid-west "Deal of the Year" by The Bond Buyer
  • Bond and Note Counsel to the Michigan Finance Authority for Detroit Public Schools financings and restructurings
  • Issuer’s Counsel for the State’s Unemployment Insurance Obligation Bonds
  • Issuer’s Counsel for the State’s Tobacco securitization financings and issues

Memberships & Involvement

  • Michigan Bar Association
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers
  • Representative Member for Dykema - Lansing Economic Area Partnership
  • Issuer's Counsel Panel, NABL Bond Attorney Workshop

Community/Civic Activities

  • Trustee, Grand Ledge Public Schools Board of Education
  • Church Membership Growth and Retention Committee Member