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  • Education
    • J.D., magna cum laude, University of Minnesota, 2007, Order of the Coif
    • B.A., University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, 2003
Jessica’s practice focuses on financing transactions for health care and other nonprofit organizations across the nation, serving as bond counsel, borrower’s counsel, underwriter’s counsel, and bank counsel on more than 200 issues totaling over $18 billion. She also serves as a Vice Chair of the firm’s Capital Markets and Commercial Lending Practice Group.

Jessica’s extensive experience includes transactions for single hospitals, regional and national health systems, senior living providers, and other nonprofit organizations, across a wide variety of financing structures, including fixed-rate, variable-rate, multi-modal, direct purchase, and credit enhanced financings. Among these are a number of large and complex financing transactions for recently affiliated health systems, advising on the financing aspects of acquisitions, divestitures, and other reorganizations of entities, including working through creative solutions to the establishment of credit groups for the newly formed systems, as well as assisting with the negotiation of credit arrangements with lenders.

Jessica also provides guidance to health care and other nonprofit organizations on post-issuance compliance matters, including tax-exempt compliance requirements, secondary market disclosures, "remedial actions" for changes in use of bond financed facilities, and information reporting for the IRS Form 990, Schedule K.

Jessica also has significant experience representing lenders in transactions with senior living/long-term care providers. Her experience includes the negotiation of secured and unsecured revolving lines of credit, term loans, bridge-to-HUD loans and construction loans aggregating more than $200 million.
  • Served as bond counsel on the 2019 Bond Buyer Deal of the Year, which included more than $6.4 billion of taxable and tax-exempt publicly offered bonds through multiple issuers for over 100 facilities located in over 20 different jurisdictions, and involved the restructuring of nearly 50 series of existing debt.  
  • Served as borrower counsel on the 2018 Bond Buyer Healthcare Deal of the Year, a $1.2 billion transaction that was the inaugural financing of a new combined credit group for a multi-state health care system. This transaction included 10 different series of taxable and tax-exempt publicly-offered debt (including fixed rate bonds, put bonds, and floating rate notes), for over 20 facilities, and also included the renegotiation of existing bank agreements and swap agreements.
  • Served as underwriter’s counsel on the issuance of over $500 million of tax-exempt publicly offered bonds for a regional health care provider in 2019.
  • Served as borrower counsel on the issuance of over $225 million of tax-exempt bonds (publicly offered and direct purchase), in the inaugural financing for a recently consolidated regional senior living system, in 2018.
  • Served as borrower counsel for a biomedical research facility in the issuance of $49.8 million of tax-exempt, publicly offered bonds.
  • Served as bond counsel and borrower’s counsel on the issuance of more than $800 million of tax-exempt bonds, through three different issuers, including fixed rate, variable rate, and direct purchase components, and $540 million of taxable bonds, for a national health care provider in 2013.
  • Member of a team acting as underwriter’s counsel on more than $200 million of tax-exempt bonds through three different issuers for a regional health care provider.