Ritesh S. Patel graduated cum laude with honors from the Florida State University (B.S. 1998) with a degree in Political Science. In 2002, Mr. Patel received his law degree from the University of Florida College of Law (J.D., with honors). Mr. Patel joined NG&N in October 2002 and practices with the Firm's Public Finance Group. During his tenure with NG&N, Mr. Patel has worked on numerous tax-exempt financings in the capacity of bond counsel, disclosure counsel and underwriter's counsel representing various Florida school districts, municipalities, counties and special districts. In the area of education facilities financing, Mr. Patel has experience in transactions utilizing general obligation bonds, TANS, RANS, certificates of participation, tax-exempt equipment leases, letters of credit, lines of credit, sales tax revenues bonds, qualified school construction bonds and qualified zone academy bonds. Additionally, Mr. Patel has general municipal finance experience representing counties and municipalities in connection with the financing of public utility systems, roads, solid waste facilities, airports and other transportation facilities/systems, the acquisition of environmentally sensitive lands and various other public facilities. Mr. Patel has been a frequent speaker on financing topics at the Florida School Finance Officers Association semi-annual conferences, the Florida Governmental Finance Officers Association Conference, Fifth-Third Bank Southeast Finance Professionals Conference and the Florida School Board Attorneys Summer Conference.