J. Eric Boehlert

Tel/Direct:

515-246-0367

Tel/Main:

515-243-7611

Address:

100 Court Avenue, Suite 600
Des Moines, IA 50309-2231

Court Admissions

All Iowa Courts

Education

J.D. (with Honors), Drake University, 1999

B.A. (Cum Laude), Drake University, 1996

Bar Admissions

Iowa, 1999

Background

As a bond lawyer, Eric assists the Board of Regents, cities, counties and utilities in the planning and financing of equipment acquisitions and capital projects across Iowa. This includes planning sessions, public meetings, negotiations with contractors and contracting, working with financial advisors, and preparing all proceedings for the sale and issuance of governmental bonding for these public projects. He also provides guidance with regard to state and federal laws.

Eric has served as bond counsel for the issuance of general obligation bonds, parity and subordinate utility revenue bonds, sales tax revenue bonds, and special assessment issues. As a member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers, Eric stays current on the latest federal municipal tax regulations. In the role of disclosure counsel, Eric assists public issuers in the diligence process associated with the preparation of primary disclosure documents (offering materials). Eric also advises issuers regarding their secondary disclosure requirements (annual filings per continuing disclosure agreements), and provides guidance on administering these duties in accordance with SEC Rule 15c2-12.

In addition to governmental bond issues, Eric assists Iowa municipalities in economic development activities, urban renewal and revitalization efforts, special assessments, and public contracting.

After law school and prior to joining the firm, Eric served as a judicial law clerk for Justice Mark S. Cady, Iowa Supreme Court. Eric currently serves on the firm's management committee, and has served as Practice Area Leader - Public Law sector, Public Finance Department Chair, Charitable Actions Committee Chair, Associate Development Committee Chair, and Website Committee Chair.

Representative Projects

  • Hotel financing and construction loan structure, with lease purchase acquisition, and Qualified Management Contract
  • Convention Center financing and negotiation of Qualified Management Contract
  • Lodging and Waterpark financing and negotiation of Management Contract
  • Annual CIP financings for several of the state's largest communities
  • Numerous equipment acquisitions and annual capital improvement projects statewide, including extensive utility work, streets, building construction and renovation

 

Memberships

American Bar Association – Section Membership: Government Practice, State and Local Law

Iowa State Bar Association

Polk County Bar Association

National Association of Bond Lawyers

Recognitions

Best Lawyers in America©

Municipal Law (2013 - 2019)

Des Moines Lawyer of the Year 2018

Public Finance Law (2011 - 2019)

Des Moines Lawyer of the Year 2017

The Business Record's Forty Under 40, Class of 2012 (3/16/2012)

The Des Moines Register's "You Should Get to Know" (4/9/2012)

Iowa Legal Aid – Excellence in Service Award (2010)

Iowa State Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, Star of the Quarter (2000-2001)

Speaking/Presentations

Eric's most recent speaking engagements include:

Iowa Municipal Attorneys Association, Annual Seminar, "Hot Topics in Municipal Finance," with Kristin Cooper, November 2016

Ahlers & Cooney, Client Seminar, Post-Issuance Compliance Training for Bonds, "EMMA (an interactive demonstration)," October 2016

Iowa Municipal Professionals Institute, "City Elections for Public Measures: Finance," July 2016

CBI's Leaders of Tomorrow Presentation, "Urban Renewal, Economic Development and Public Finance 101," February 2016

Published Articles & Books

The Iowa County, "Post Issuance Compliance of Tax-Advantaged Bonds: More Than Just Checking the Box," April 2013, with R. Mark Cory and Minniette Bucklin

Professional, Community and Civic Leadership

Deans Cup Committee, organize fundraiser outing for Iowa Legal Aid (2005 - present)

United Way, Education Leadership Initiative (2010 - present)

Iowa State Bar Association, Government Practice Section Council (2008-2013)

Iowa State Bar Association, Justice for All Committee (1999-2002), Past Chair (2000-2002)

Drake University, Bulldog Club, Board of Directors (2011-2012)

Drake University, Bulldog Club, Events Committee (2011-2012)

Drake University, Bulldog Club, Drake Classic Event Chair (2011-2012)

Drake Law Alumni Golf Committee (2002-2003)

Iowa Rush Youth Soccer Coach (2014-2015)

Ankeny Parks & Rec, Youth Basketball Coach (2015)

Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart Church, member