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deanna.gregory@
pacificalawgroup.com

P. 206.245.1716
F. 206.245.1766

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Deanna Gregory

Partner

Deanna practices municipal finance and general municipal law, with emphasis on general obligation and utility revenue financings. Her experience includes serving as bond counsel, disclosure counsel, and underwriter’s counsel on financing matters for a variety of public entities, including cities, public utility districts, public hospital districts, ports, fire protection districts, transit agencies, public development authorities, public facilities districts, school districts, industrial development corporations, and state agencies. Financing structures include revenue bonds, general obligation bonds, lease financings, assessment financings, short-term obligations, industrial development bonds, and other private-activity bonds. Deanna routinely serves as bond counsel and disclosure counsel on combined and stand-alone water, sewer and storm drainage system, solid waste system, electric distribution system, and generation system revenue financings for city utilities, water-sewer districts, and public utility districts.

Deanna also advises clients on revenue options available under state law, including lodging taxes, emergency medical services levies, affordable housing levies, levy lid lifts, and excess levies, as well as in the use of special purpose entities such as public development authorities, public facilities districts, metropolitan park districts, and transportation benefit districts. Deanna has significant experience in the use of interlocal agencies and the Interlocal Cooperation Act to accomplish public projects and goals. Deanna also serves as outside counsel to public entities on general municipal matters, advising clients on open public meetings, public records and disclosure matters, and other municipal law issues.

Deanna is very active in the community, serving on the Board of Directors for the Puget Sound Finance Officers Association, and as a volunteer for school, sport, and other events in the Snoqualmie Valley.

Deanna is a lifelong resident of the Pacific Northwest, and enjoys long distance running, taking road trips, and rooting for her kids at little league, football, track, gymnastics, and dance recitals.

Bar Admissions:

  • Washington

Education:

  • University of Washington, B.A., Political Science (major), Women’s Studies (minor), Society and Justice (minor)
  • Gonzaga University School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude (Thomas More Scholar, 1999—2002; Deans Medal for Academic Achievement recipient, 2002; Alpha Sigma Nu National Honor Society, member, 2000—2002; Lawless Memorial Award, recipient, 2002)

Honors:

  • Selected for Washington Super Lawyers, 2013 – 2017
  • Selected for Top 50: 2014 Washington Women Super Lawyers
  • Selected for Washington Rising Stars, 2010-2012

Speaking Engagements & Presentations:

  • NABL Fundamentals of Municipal Bond Law Seminar, “Behind the Curtain – The Depository Trust Company” and “Conflicts of Interest and Ethical Issues” (April 2017)
  • NABL Tax and Securities Law Institute, “SEC Enforcement Panel – Recent Enforcement Activity, Trends, and What to do When the SEC Calls”, Panel Chair (March 2017)
  • Washingtgon State Association of Municipal Attorneys, “SEC Enforcement Panel – Overview of Recent SEC Activity and What to do When You Get the Call” (October 2016)
  • Washington Finance Officers Association, “Debt Hot Topics Game Show” (September 2016)
  • Public Utility District Municipal Attorneys Conference, “Municipal Bond Current Topics” (June 2016)
  • Washington Association of School Board Officials, “Talking to the Market: Communicating with Bond Investors” (May 2016)
  • NABL Tax and Securities Law Institute, “Practical, Ethical Considerations Related to Bond Counsel Liability, Risk Reduction and Loss Prevention” (March 2016)
  • Association of Washington State Public Facilities Districts, “Bonds 101” (May 2015)
  • Washington Public Treasurers Association Conference, “Rationing Debt – Thinking Strategically About the Use of Debt to Meet Capital Funding Needs” (April 2016)
  • Washington Public Treasurers Association, “Securities Law Updates and Compliance Training 2015” (April 2015)
  • Puget Sound Finance Officers Association, “Securities Law Compliance Training 2015” (February 2015)
  • Washington Municipal Treasurer’s Association, “The Techy Taxpayer” (April 2014)
  • Public Utility District Municipal Attorneys Conference, “Bond Voyage: Farewell to Everything We Once Knew About Municipal Finance” (June 20, 2013)
  • NABL Fundamentals of Municipal Bond Law Seminar, “Engagement Letters and Opinions” (April 2013)
  • NABL Fundamentals of Municipal Bond Law Seminar, “State Law Issues” (April 2013)
  • Infrastructure Assistance Coordinating Council, “The Toolbox: Financing Public Infrastructure” (October 3, 2012)
  • Washington State Association of Municipal Attorneys, “Met Park Districts: “101”” (April 2012)
  • Washington Finance Officers Association, “Financial Market Update “Getting to Higher Ground”” (September 2011)
  • Public Utility District Municipal Attorneys Conference, “Finance Tools for the Post ARRA Economy” (June 30, 2011)

Publications:

  • “Post Issuance Compliance for Municipal Bonds: Implementing a Comprehensive Policy” (2012)
  • “Land Assembly and Disposal by Cities,” by Jay A. Reich and Deanna L.S. Gregory (June 2012)
  • “Fifty Years of 63-20 Financing: Revisiting an Alternative Development Tool for Washington State Agencies and Municipalities” (2012)
  • “SEC Report Recommends that the SEC Be Authorized To Directly Regulate the Form, Content and Timing of Municipal Bond Disclosure” (2012)
  • “MSRB Rule G-17 Interpretive Notice Takes Effect” (2012)
  • “Voted General Obligation Bonds:  A Guide for Washington Cities” (2012)

Community Involvement:

  • Puget Sound Finance Officers Association, current Board Member
  • MSGA Gymnastics Booster Club, current Board Member and Board Treasurer
  • Encompass Northwest, former Board Member
  • Hopelink, Executive Leadership Council, former Member
  • Solid Ground, former Board Member (former president and treasurer of Board), 2006—2012
  • CASA Program (King and Spokane Counties), 1999—2002

Professional Organizations:

  • National Association of Bond Lawyers, General Law and Practice Committee, Vice-Chair, 2017
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers, Education Committee, Chair, 2011-2013; Vice-Chair, 2010-2011
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers, Bond Attorneys Workshop, Faculty, 2016
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers, Tax and Securities Law Institute, Faculty, 2016, 2017
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers, Fundamentals of Municipal Bond Law Conference, Faculty, 2013-2014, 2017; Vice-Chair, 2015; Chair, 2016
  • Washington Association of Municipal Attorneys
  • Washington Association of Public Utility District Attorneys
  • Washington Finance Officers Association
  • Washington Public Ports Association
  • Puget Sound Finance Officers Association, current Board Member

Representative Matters:

  • Serving as bond and disclosure counsel to the City of Tacoma, Washington, in connection with its limited tax general obligation, sewer utility, solid waste utility and other bonds
  • Serving as bond counsel to the City of Yakima, Washington, to finance various street and infrastructure improvements
  • Serving as bond counsel to Klickitat County Public Utility District, Douglas County Public Utility District and Cowlitz County Public Utility District in connection with the issuance and sale of revenue bonds
  • Serving as bond and disclosure counsel to the City of Port Angeles, Washington in connection with its combined system utility revenue bonds
  • Serving as bond counsel on various issues for the Washington State Housing Finance Association in connection with first-time farmer/rancher and nonprofit capital projects
  • Serving as bond counsel to the Washington Higher Education Facilities Authority in connection with bond issued for the benefit of Seattle University, University of Puget Sound, Seattle Pacific University, Gonzaga University, Whitworth University, Whitman College, and others
  • Serving as bond counsel to the Washington Economic Development Finance Authority in connection with financings for the benefit of Benaroya Research Institute, Qualis Health, and others
  • Serving as trustee counsel in connection with the Montana Facility Finance Authority Hospital Facilities Revenue Bonds, 2013 (St. Peter’s Hospital Project)
  • Serving as bond counsel to Public Healthcare Services District No. 3, Pacific County, Washington (Ocean Beach Hospital), in connection with its unlimited tax general obligation bonds