Stacey C.
Lewis

PARTNER

In addition to serving as bond counsel and disclosure counsel to a number of public clients in the Pacific Northwest including public universities, Stacey Lewis also is a frequent speaker and author and has held leadership roles in NABL.

Stacey Lewis serves as lead attorney for Pacifica’s bond and/or disclosure counsel teams serving the University of Washington, University of Oregon, Oregon State University, Portland State University, King County and Kitsap County, the Washington State Convention Center Public Facilities District, the Port of Seattle, the cities of Bellevue and Tacoma, and others.

Stacey has significant experience in financings involving general obligation bonds, revenue bonds (senior, intermediate and subordinate), lease revenue bonds, commercial paper, and other financing structures as well as letter of credit reimbursement, other credit/liquidity facilities, and hedge agreements.  She is frequently retained to advise county, city, and other municipal clients on the range of 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.

Stacey is recognized in Best Lawyers in America 2010-2020 (Public Finance Law) including selection as Lawyer of the Year in Public Finance Law in Seattle for 2017, and has been selected for inclusion in Washington Super Lawyers. She has served on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Bond Lawyers.  Stacey was awarded the National Association of Bond Lawyers (NABL) 2020 Carlson Prize for her work as the lead author of the article “Practical Considerations in Electronic Disclosure by State and Municipal  Bond Issuers” that was published in the 2020 Spring issue of The Bond Lawyer and the 2019 Fall edition of the Municipal Finance Journal.

Stacey and her husband Jeff spend many hours on the soccer sidelines, cheering for their sons’ club and school teams and cheering for the Seattle Sounders.

Bar Admissions:
  • Washington
  • Alaska
  • Oregon
Education:
  • Brown University, B.A., Economics, Int’l Relations, magna cum laude
  • London School of Economics, General Course
  • University of Washington, J.D., with high honors, Order of the Coif (Washington Law Review, Managing Editor, Judge Lawless Award)
Honors:
  • Selected for Washington Super Lawyers, 2012-2019
  • Selected for Washington Rising Stars, 2004-2006, 2008
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the field of Public Finance Law (Copyright by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC), 2010-2021, and for Lawyer of the Year in Public Finance Law in Seattle for 2017
Speaking:
  • (Upcoming) Association of Washington Cities, ARPA Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds, June 2021
  • National Association of State Treasurers, Treasury Management Training Symposium: Municipal COVID-19 Response: Swift Reactions in Ratings, Market, and Disclosure, May 19, 2021
  • Washington Association of School Business Officials’ 2021 Annual Conference: Teacher Housing: Legislation and A Case Study, May, 2021 (with Faith Pettis)
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers, The Institute: Electronic Disclosure, Panel Chair, Spring 2021
  • Washington State Association of Municipal Attorneys, Fall Conference: Past is Prologue Lessons from the Great Recession and Tools for Addressing COVID, October 14, 2020
  • GFOA Webinar: Disclosure Update, August 13, 2020
  • U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission – Spotlight on Transparency: A Discussion of Secondary Market Municipal Securities Disclosure Practices, Voluntary Disclosure Practices in the Secondary Market, June 16, 2020
  • Webinar: Funding and Disclosure in the Time of COVID, May 28, 2020
  • Treasury Institute for Higher Education Symposium: Bond Compliance Goes Campus-wide in an Evolving Regulatory Landscape, January 28, 2020
  • Treasury Institute for Higher Education: Tax-Exempt Bond Compliance Workshop, Back to Basics; The Life Cycle of Tax-Exempt Bond Compliance, and Practical Approaches to Measuring Private Business Use, December 9, 2019
  • The Seminar Group’s Transportation Strategies in Washington: Project Finance, October 18, 2018
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers The Institute, Panelist – Securities Law Hot Topics, 2018
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers Bond Attorneys’ Workshop, Panelist – Ethics, October 4-6, 2017
  • Pacific Maritime Magazine Ferries Conference, Legislative Overview: State and Federal, October 19, 2017
  • The Seminar Group’s Public/Private Transactions: Pitfalls and Opportunities, November 16, 2017
  • Washington Public Treasurers Association Conference, Securities Law Update, April 14, 2017
  • Women in Public Finance (Pacific NW Chapter), SEC Enforcement Update, March 15, 2017
  • 2016 WSAMA Fall Conference, SEC Enforcement Panel, October 7, 2016
  • CDFA, 2016 Washington Financing Roundtable Conference, The Washington Bond Market, October 11, 2016
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers 41st Annual Bond Attorneys’ Workshop, Financing Airports and Seaports, October 19-21, 2016
  • WPUDA, Municipal Attorney Summer CLE Meeting, Panel Presentation regarding Municipal Bond Current Topics, June 16, 2016
  • Higher Education Treasury Institute, Tax-Exempt Bond Compliance Workshop, To Refund or Not To Refund, December 7-9, 2015
  • Washington Public Treasurers Association, Securities Law Updates and Compliance Training 2015, April 17, 2015
  • WPUDA, Municipal Attorney Summer CLE Meeting “Bond Voyage: Farewell to Everything We Once Knew About Municipal Finance, June 20, 2013
  • Puget Sound Finance Officers Association, Debt & Municipal Finance Hot Topics, May 8, 2013
  • WSAMA Spring Conference Roundtable Presenter, Federal Tax Reform, April 25, 2013
  • WEDA Winter Conference, Municipal Finance Update, February 11, 2013
  • WASWD Workshop, Expanded Authority for Joint Utility Operations, with David Findlay (FCS Group), March 20, 2012
Publications:
  • Society and Municipal Bonds: ESG Disclosure, 2021
  • Washington State Legislative Update: Public Finance, 2021 (Tax Increment Financing)
  • Washington State Convention Center Addition Financing, 2021
  • Communicating with Investors During COVID, 2021
  • “Practical Considerations in Electronic Disclosure by State and Municipal  Bond Issuers,” published in the 2020 Spring issue of The Bond Lawyer and the 2019 Fall edition of the Municipal Finance Journal
  • “Updated Guidance on the Federal Reserve’s Municipal Liquidity Facility: A Short-Term Financing Option for State and Local Governments,” 2020
  • “CARES Act Update: Eligible Expenditures for Coronavirus Relief Funds,” 2020
  • “Municipal Bond Disclosure: Disclosing COVID-19 Impacts,” 2020
  • “A Proposal for Teacher Housing in Washington,” 2020
  • “Public Finance Case Law Update,” 2019
  • “Dispatches from Florida: Selected Highlights of the 2019 NABL Institute,” 2019 “Washington’s Public Ports: Financing Airport and Seaport Infrastructure,” 2017
  • “Bill Introduced To Implement 2012 SEC Recommendations; Would Authorize Direct Regulation of Municipal Bond Disclosure,” 2016
  • “On the To Do List for Municipal Bond Issuers: Disclosure Policies and Procedures,” 2015
  • “SEC Report Recommends that the SEC Be Authorized To Directly Regulate the Form, Content and Timing of Municipal Bond Disclosure,” 2012
  • “Fifty Years of 63-20 Financing: Revisiting an Alternative Development Tool for Washington State Agencies and Municipalities,” 2012
Community Involvement:
  • Northwest Immigrant Rights Project Pro Bono Attorney
  • Youth soccer coach and team manager
  • Make-a-Wish Foundation of Alaska and Washington, former Board member, former Chair
  • VISTA Volunteer, Central Youth & Family Services
Professional Organizations:
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers, Board of Directors, 2017-2020
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers, Securities Law Committee, Co-Vice Chair, 2017
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers, Bond Attorney Workshop Steering Committee, 2010-2011, 2014-2016
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers, Chair, Ethics – Professional Responsibility of Bond Counsel, 2007
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers, Board Nominating Committee, 2011
  • 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
Representative Matters:
  • Serving as bond and disclosure counsel to King County on a range of general obligation, wastewater and other financings, including establishment of its commercial paper program
  • Serving as bond counsel to the Washington State Convention Center Public Facilities District in its issuance of lodging tax bonds to finance an addition to the Convention Center
  • Serving as bond counsel to the University of Washington in its issuance of general revenue bonds to finance the renovation of Husky Stadium and financing research facilities
  • Serving as bond counsel to the University of Oregon and Oregon State University in their inaugural general revenue bond issuances
  • Serving as disclosure counsel to the Port of Seattle on various airport and seaport financings
  • Serving as bond counsel to the City of Bellevue in its TIFIA loan and as bond counsel to King County in its WIFIA loan
  • Serving as finance counsel to Forterra in connection with the acquisition of conservation property in the Teanaway
  • Serving as underwriter’s counsel in connection with Sound Transit financings to finance light rail and other public transit through the Puget Sound