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  • J.D., 1983
    UCLA School of Law
  • B.A., 1976
    Claremont McKenna College
    (magna cum laude, departmental honors)

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Bruce J Graham
601 South Figueroa Street
41st Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Bruce Graham is a partner in Goodwin Procter’s Business Law Department and a member of the Real Estate, REITs & Real Estate Capital Markets Group and the Public Finance Practice Area. Mr. Graham specializes in the financing and refinancing of a wide variety of public and private projects, including all forms of public infrastructure, utilities, multi-family housing projects, education facilities, single-family master-planned communities, industrial, manufacturing, transportation, and recreational facilities, hospitals and other non-profit facilities, and commercial and residential redevelopment projects.


Mr. Graham has served as bond, disclosure, and special counsel to issuers, underwriter’s counsel, and counsel to developers, credit enhancement providers, property owners, and  conduit borrowers in tax-exempt and taxable financings involving cities, counties, redevelopment agencies, school and special districts, and joint powers authorities. These financings have utilized general obligation bonds, revenue bonds, certificates of participation, bond, tax, and revenue anticipation notes, assessment bonds, tax allocation bonds, special tax bonds, and conduit revenue bonds for non-governmental borrowers. He has also represented municipal issuers, institutional investors, and property owners in defaulted bond workout programs.


Mr. Graham is a member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers, the Urban Land Institute, and the California Redevelopment Association.


Mr. Graham is a frequent contributor to Goodwin Procter’s Municipal Bankruptcy Blog, reporting on a range of topics currently affecting distressed municipalities. He has been published in industry newsletters and periodicals, including, “Has the Financial Meltdown Killed Municipal Finance?,” in The Journal of Structured Finance (Winter 2009), and “QSCBs: The Solution to School Financing Woes?,” in REsource (Winter 2010).


Mr. Graham is admitted to practice in California.


Mr. Graham has been regularly selected by his peers as a “Southern California Super Lawyer” by Law & Politics (2006-2011) and is highlighted in the Legal 500 (2008, 2009). Mr. Graham served as counsel to City National Bank as letter of credit provider for the California School Finance Authority’s Educational Facilities Revenue Bonds (High Tech High Chula Vista K-8 Project), Series 2010 Qualified School Construction Bonds (Direct Subsidy Bonds), which received The Bond Buyer’s “Far West Deal of the Year” award in 2010. He served as Bond and Disclosure Counsel to the City of Oxnard on the City’s Gas Tax Revenue Certificates of Participation (2007 Street Improvement Program), which received The Bond Buyer’s “Far West Deal of the Year” award in 2008. Mr. Graham also served as Special Counsel to the California State Treasurer on the State of California’s $11 billion Economic Recovery Bonds, Series 2004, which received The Bond Buyer’s “Far West Deal of the Year” award in 2005.