William T. Conard II
Bill Conard is a partner in Bricker & Eckler's Public Finance group and practices in the areas of municipal finance, federal taxation and securities law. He regularly serves as bond counsel and underwriters' counsel in connection with bond issues for the State of Ohio and its agencies, as bond counsel on all types of municipal bond issues, and as underwriter or placement agent's counsel for all types of public finance transactions. Bill also often participates in higher education transactions for both public and private institutions.
Bill advises several Ohio municipalities regarding economic development programs and serves as tax counsel and underwriter's counsel on a variety of secondary offering and derivative products. In addition, he has served in several capacities in connection with various public and private partnership transactions. Bill is the author of Local Government Law - County, a Baldwin's Ohio Practice publication.
Bill is a frequent panelist at the Bond Attorneys' Workshop sponsored by the National Association of Bond Lawyers (NABL). Bill has also served on the faculty for NABL's Fundamentals of Bond Law seminar.
Billion dollar borrowing program for The Ohio State University
Served as bond counsel for the issuance of two series aggregating $630 million in General Receipts Bonds of The Ohio State University issued as the first installment in a billion dollar borrowing program. The program is the first of its kind “shelf style” bond issuance for a public university. Responsibilities included drafting documents to reflect the understanding of the parties, as well as the tax analysis necessary with respect to the use of proceeds. As bond counsel, we rendered our approving opinion as to the authorization and valid issuance of the bonds.
Bond counsel for community college district and state community college
Served as bond counsel on Ohio’s first voted bond issues for a community college district and a state community college.
Bond counsel with county intercept
Served as bond counsel on Public Library Fund-backed library notes with county intercept. Assisted with private use analysis related to community fundraising campaign.
Historic “Century Bond” issuance
Served as bond counsel to The Ohio State University on its $500,000,000 “Century Bond” offering, the first-ever 100-year maturity for a public university, issued to fund projects on the main campus.
$218 million State of Ohio bond issuance
Served as bond counsel for the issuance of over $218 million in Major New State Infrastructure Project Revenue Bonds. Responsibilities included drafting documents to reflect the understanding of the parties, as well as the tax analysis necessary with respect to the use of proceeds. As bond counsel, we rendered our approving opinion as to the authorization and valid issuance of the bonds and their status of being exempt from federal income taxation.
Professional & Community Activities
- Member, American College of Bond Counsel
- Former national president, Otterbein College Alumni Association
- Treasurer, Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges
- Member, National Association of Bond Lawyers
Awards & Recognition
- Listed, Best Lawyers in America (Public Finance Law), 2005–2023
- Listed, Ohio Super Lawyers (Government Finance; Tax: Business; State, Local & Municipal; Securities & Corporate Finance), 2013, 2016–2020, 2023
- Ranked as AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
- Fellow, American College of Bond Counsel
- The Ohio State University College of Law (J.D., with honors, 1983)
- Otterbein College (now Otterbein University) (B.A., with honors, 1980)
Conference agreement on tax reform: Private activity bonds, stadium bonds spared; Advance refundings and tax credit bonds axedMore
Bricker Graydon Attorneys Recognized for 2024 “Best Lawyers” Excellence
A total of 68 attorneys were chosen by their peers for recognition in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®. This year’s ranking includes six newly-listed Bricker Graydon attorneys and 10 attorneys designated as “Ones to Watch,” a category for up-and-coming lawyers. And five attorneys have been named 2024 “Lawyers of the Year” for their respective practice areas. Only one attorney in each category is recognized as “Lawyer of the Year” in each market.More Aug 17, 2023
Bricker Listed Among Top Bond Counsel As Ohio Leads Midwest in Bond Volume
Bricker & Eckler was listed among the top Midwestern bond counsel firms that helped bond issuers sell $71.5 billion of municipal bonds in 2019, a 19% year-over-year increase, according to a February 25, 2020, article by the Bond Buyer.More Feb 27, 2020
Bricker attorneys listed by Super Lawyers for 2020
The 2020 Super Lawyers list of outstanding lawyers includes 31 Bricker attorneys, representing four of the firm’s office locations and 13 areas of practice. Notably, this year’s list includes four newly-listed attorneys, and three attorneys were named to “Top Lists” for Ohio.More Nov 27, 2019
Bricker attorneys named 2017 Ohio Super Lawyers
Continuing the firm’s trend of excellence and distinction, 43 Bricker & Eckler attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2017 Ohio Super Lawyers list. Notably, this year’s list includes four newly-listed attorneys. Additionally, four attorneys were named to “Top Lists” in Ohio.More Dec 15, 2016
Bricker serves as bond counsel for “2016 Midwest Region Deal of the Year”
The Bond Buyer recently awarded The Ohio State University its “2016 Deal of the Year: Midwest Region” honor for the University’s March 2016 bond issuance. Bricker & Eckler, led by Bill Conard, co-chair of the Public Finance group, served as bond counsel in this innovative financing.More Nov 10, 2016
Bricker & Eckler attorneys earn Best Lawyers 2017 recognition
A total of 66 attorneys from Bricker & Eckler LLP, representing 47.5 percent of the firm’s lawyers, were chosen by their peers for recognition in this year’s edition of The Best Lawyers in America® 2017 (copyright 2016 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC).More Aug 15, 2016
The Bond Buyer discusses legislation drafted by Bricker Partner
Thanks to a new piece of legislation, which has received bipartisan support in both the Ohio House and Senate as well as from the governor’s administration, smaller Ohio governments in Ohio may “enjoy easier bond market access at lower costs through a state bond bank[.]”More May 24, 2016
Bricker team assists OSU with historic bond offering
Bricker & Eckler served as bond counsel to The Ohio State University on its recent bond offering, the first ever 100-year maturity for a public university. The proceeds from the sale of the bonds will be used for several projects on the university’s main campus. The $500 million dollar issue, which matures in 2111, was sold at an annual interest rate of 4.80%, the lowest interest rate ever for a so-called "Century Bond."More Oct 27, 2011
Bricker & Eckler creates Local Government Task Force, Online resource center
Bricker & Eckler LLP has established an online Local Government Reform resource center to assist Ohio’s counties, municipalities, townships, school districts, libraries and other public entities in navigating their options in the face of proposed local government reforms.More Mar 14, 2011