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L. Thomas Giblin

Immediate Past President and Shareholder

Areas of Practice

Public Finance
Special Project Financing

Mr. Giblin is a founding member of the Firm and has been involved exclusively in public finance for over 42 years.  From February 1977 through December 1982, he was associated with the New York City law firm of Mudge Rose Guthrie & Alexander in its municipal bond department.  He has functioned as Bond Counsel, Disclosure Counsel and Underwriter's Counsel for bond and note issues in approximately 25 states, including Florida, New York, New Jersey, California, Texas and Pennsylvania.  The types of issues on which he has worked include general obligation, health care, industrial development, sewer, water, electric, solid waste, transportation, special assessment, housing airport, port and special tax and revenue.  He has also been involved in numerous public-private partnerships.  Mr. Giblin received his J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1975.

  • Represents clients in all aspects of public finance, including tax-exempt obligations issued to finance and refinance transportation improvements (including toll facilities), water and sewer utilities, electric utilities, port and airport improvements, solid waste disposal facilities, and general governmental facilities.
  • Represents clients in the creation of public-private partnerships for various purposes, including transportation and redevelopment.
  • Represented Tampa Bay Water, the governmental water utility serving the Tampa Bay area, in changing its governance structure, as well as drafting a new master water supply contract for all the member governments. This engagement also included acquiring the water assets of the member governments and financing various elements of Tampa Bay Water's capital improvement program through the issuance of approximately $3 billion of debt.
  • Served as bond counsel to the Florida Ports Financing Commission in establishment of a first of its kind pool program for ports located in the State of Florida. The program involved use of State transportation trust fund monies, matching monies by the Ports and issuance of approximately $600 million of debt.
  • Established the Florida Governmental Utility Authority in order to acquire various utility facilities on behalf of local governments from private companies. This engagement involved creation of the Authority pursuant to interlocal agreement among various counties and issuance of approximately $400 million amount of indebtedness to acquire such facilities.
  • Established a pooled commercial paper program under the administration of Florida Association of Counties. The program provides low cost borrowing for local governments throughout the State and has issued approximately $2.0 billion commercial paper notes since its inception.
  • Established a public-private partnership in the City of Miramar in order to finance water and wastewater facilities without impacting on existing ratepayers. This involved negotiating agreements with multiple developers and utilizing special assessments to finance the utility improvements. The partnership involved issuance of approximately $85 million of debt.

Bar Membership

  • The Florida Bar, Member


  • J.D., University of Wisconsin, 1975
  • B.A., Rutgers University, 1971

Prior Professional Experience

  • Mudge, Rose, Guthrie & Alexander, New York, New York, 1977-1982