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McKinney Named President of National Association of Bond Lawyers

CHARLESTON, COLUMBIA, FLORENCE, GREENVILLE, SC, & WASHINGTON, DC --- Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd attorney Kathleen Crum (Kathy) McKinney of Greenville, SC, was elected President of the National Association of Bond Lawyers (NABL) during its 34th Bond Attorneys’ Workshop held October 28-30, in Phoenix, AZ. 

McKinney is the first South Carolinian to serve as President of this 3,000-member professional organization, which advises a $2.7 trillion industry.   

NABL was incorporated in 1979 and is headquartered in Chicago with the Governmental Affairs Office in Washington, DC.  The organization actively promotes the integrity of the municipal market by promoting the professional development of municipal bond attorneys and providing advice and comment at the Federal, State and local levels with respect to legislation and regulations affecting State and municipal obligations.

Upon accepting the leadership role October 28, McKinney, said, “We have seen unprecedented emergency bailouts and new creative types of bonds included in stimulus packages over the past year. I can safely say that I have not seen a more complex environment in which to practice public finance law.  I anticipate this coming year to be a very active one as Congress, the IRS, the SEC, and the major Federal agencies make proposals impacting the municipal bond markets and particularly the financing of infrastructure throughout the United States. 

 “The coming months will bring great opportunities to communities all across the Nation as the economy recovers and stalled projects restart,” stated McKinney.  

McKinney has been very active in NABL, serving in the following leadership positions: President-elect (Sept. 2008-Oct. 2009); member, Board of Directors (2005-2009); Treasurer (2007); member,  Executive Committee (2006): Secretary (2006); Chair, NABL Municipal Law Group (2005); Chair, 2004 Bond Attorneys’ Workshop (the profession’s premiere educational forum for bond counsel); and faculty member, NABL Fundamentals of Municipal Bond Law and Steering Committee for the Bond Attorneys’ Workshop (2001-2004).
A shareholder of Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, McKinney is listed in The Best Lawyers in America® for Public Finance and Chambers USA.  She is bond counsel for many of South Carolina’s leading hospitals, as well as for numerous colleges and universities, nonprofit healthcare, community groups, museums, and industrial clients.  She is a frequent speaker at national, regional and state business, healthcare, educational, economic development, and financial conferences.

McKinney is an integral member of the Firm’s Public Finance Practice Group, which was ranked first among bond counsel in South Carolina in four of the last five years, according to The Bond Buyer (February 12, 2009). Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd has been consistently ranked among the largest municipal bond practices in the Southeast, with 15 bond attorneys.

McKinney is Chair of the Furman University board of trustees and serves on the boards of the South Carolina Independent Colleges & Universities and the SC Association of Nonprofit Organizations.  A member of the Society of International Business Fellows, McKinney also serves on the advisory board of Leadership South Carolina.  A past president of the Upcountry History Museum and South Carolina Children’s Theater, McKinney was a founder of the Upstate South Carolina Alliance, a regional economic development entity.

McKinney earned her J.D., cum laude, from the University of South Carolina (USC), where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.  She received her undergraduate degree, B.A., summa cum laude, also from USC in 1975.  She is admitted to practice in South Carolina and the U.S. District Court of South Carolina. 

Anne S. Ellefson, managing director of Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, said, “Kathy’s term as NABL President comes at a pivotal time for our country and its economic stability. Our Firm is very proud of Kathy’s accomplishments.”

At the 34th NABL Workshop, the primary focus was the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (AARA), which includes the most significant Federal municipal bond legislation since 1986.  NABL keeps the practitioners’ municipal marketplace, the regulators of the SEC and the IRS aware of day-to-day activities, including important announcements from State and local governments. 

McKinney succeeds William A. Holby, a partner at King & Spalding LLP, in Atlanta.  The new slate of officers includes President-elect, John M. McNally of Hawkins Delafield & Wood, LLP, of Washington, DC; Treasurer, Kristin H. R. Franceschi of DLA Piper, LLP, of Baltimore, MD; and Secretary, Scott R. Lilienthal of Hogan & Hartson, LLP, Washington, DC.


About the Firm
Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A. provides business, litigation and financial legal services, and governmental relations to national and international clients.  With a history dating back more than 100 years, it is one of the largest law firms in the Carolinas with more than 135 attorneys.  In addition to the Greenville office, the Firm has offices in Charleston, Columbia, and Florence, SC, and Washington, DC.  For more information, visit

About NABL
According to its Web site, the NABL exists to promote the integrity of the municipal market by advancing the understanding of and compliance with the law affecting public finance.  A professional association incorporated in 1979, NABL has more than 3,000 members and is headquartered in Chicago.  For more information, visit