Lawrence Flynn Named Best Lawyers® 2024 Public Finance Law and Utilities Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Columbia

February 24, 2024

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Columbia, SC—Lawrence Flynn, a public finance and governmental law attorney and member of the management team with Pope Flynn, has received “Lawyer of the Year” in Public Finance Law for Columbia as well as “Lawyer of the Year” in Utilities Law for Columbia from The Best Lawyers in America® 2024.  Three attorneys with Pope Flynn, a law firm concentrating in public finance and government law in South and North Carolina, have received “Lawyer of the Year” in different categories over the years: Joe Lucas, for public finance in Charlotte for 2020 and 2015, Bill Musser, for public finance in Columbia for 2015 and for mergers and acquisition law in Columbia for 2022, and Lawrence Flynn, for public finance in Columbia for 2021 and utilities law in Columbia in 2022.

The designation is given to only a single lawyer in each practice area in each community, and is “awarded to individual lawyers with the highest overall peer-feedback for a specific practice area and geographic region.” Best Lawyers methodology is based on peer review. Flynn is also the recipient of a 2018 Leadership in Law Award from SC Lawyers Weekly in which honorees are selected by a panel of judges, based on professional accomplishment, personal accomplishment, and community involvement within the Palmetto State.

“We are very pleased that Lawrence’s experience in both public finance and utilities law has been recognized by his peers,” said Joe Lucas, managing member of Pope Flynn. “Pope Flynn has a deep reservoir of experience in highly focused practice areas, particularly in governmental, utility, and public finance, and we believe that our focus, coupled with our experienced team, greatly benefits our clients.”

Recent representative public finance transactions by Flynn include serving as bond counsel for $120,000,000 of sewer system revenue bonds for a South Carolina special purpose district, serving as bond counsel and disclosure counsel for $22,655,000 of general obligation bonds for a school district, and serving as bond counsel for $24,276,000 of refunding bonds for a county recreation district. Recent representative utility law engagements include drafting a wholesale wastewater purchase agreement between a special purpose district and a municipal utility, negotiating a regional water supply agreement among several special purpose districts, negotiating a joint utility infrastructure agreement between a special purpose district and a municipal utility, and arranging for the sale of a rural water company’s assets to a large municipal provider.

Flynn is Vice-President and board member of SC Thrive, a non-profit for individuals and families in crisis that helps bring them to independence and stability through training and providing access to a number of state and private programs. He is also a member of the Duke University Alumni Admissions Advisory Committee and a council member of the Government Law section of the South Carolina Bar. Previously Flynn served as the treasurer and a board member of the City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Foundation. Flynn is a graduate of Leadership South Carolina, Leadership Columbia, and The Riley Institute on Diversity, and was listed in Columbia Business Monthly’s “Best & Brightest 35 and under” for 2016.

Flynn graduated from Duke University with a BA in history, then received his JD from the University of South Carolina School of Law. He is a member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers (NABL).

Pope Flynn is headquartered in Columbia, SC, with additional offices in Charleston, Spartanburg, and Charlotte, NC.

With offices in Columbia, SC, Charlotte, NC, Charleston, SC, and Spartanburg, SC, Pope Flynn focuses in public finance and governmental counsel and represents cities and towns, counties, special purpose districts, school districts, state institutions, hospitals, colleges and universities, and other public entities, as well as private entities, including banks, underwriters, and nonprofit institutions. For more information on Pope Flynn, visit or call Joe Lucas at 803-354-4916.

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