South Carolina-based Pope Flynn hired public finance tax attorney Marc Oberdorff to serve as senior counsel in the firm’s Columbia office. Oberdorff, a 34-year veteran specializing in tax law and public finance, most recently worked in the Chicago office of Seattle-based Perkins Coie LLP.
Marc’s broad range of experience and insights in public finance tax law are already invaluable for our clients,” said Pope Flynn managing partner Joe Lucas. “His experience with very large issues as well as infrequent, smaller issues meshes well with our diverse client base.” Oberdorff, who moved from Illinois to South Carolina, said he was attracted to the firm’s “boutique nature,” and its broad range of clients.
While at Perkins Coie, he was senior counsel in the business practice group specializing in public finance and federal income tax matters. Prior to that he worked 26 years at Calfee, Halter & Griswold in Cleveland, Ohio, where his practice was primarily devoted to tax law and public finance, with additional experience in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions.
As primary tax counsel for the Gateway Economic Development Corporation of Greater Cleveland, Oberdorff worked on the financing to build the stadium for the Cleveland Indians. He also worked on issues involving the Cleveland Airport, the Ohio Water Development Authority, and the Student Loan Funding Corp.
As tax or bond counsel his work has included public financing for the city of Chicago, Chicago Public Schools, the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority, and the Illinois Finance Authority. He has represented issuers in Internal Revenue Service tax audits of bond issues and has litigated tax cases before the Ohio Supreme Court and the U.S. Tax Court.
As a member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers, he has served on committees and as faculty for the NABL Fundamentals Seminars. He has also taught tax and corporate law as an adjunct faculty member at the Cleveland Marshall College of Law. Oberdorff received his bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.
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