Jason L. Comisky

Tel/Direct:

515-246-0337

Tel/Main:

515-243-7611

Address:

100 Court Avenue, Suite 600
Des Moines, IA 50309

Court Admissions

All Iowa Courts

US District Courts – Northern and Southern Districts of Iowa

All Illinois Courts

Education

J.D., University of Iowa, 2007

B.A. (Cum Laude), Drake University, 2004

A.A.S. (Highest Honors), Hawkeye Community College, 2002

Bar Admissions

Iowa, 2007

Illinois, 2010

Background

Jason practices primarily in public finance and economic development. In this role, he advises cities, counties, and joint building authorities in a wide array of financing structures, including general obligation bonds, revenue bonds, tax increment financing bonds, and other unique financing structures. His experience includes guiding clients through complex state law issues, federal tax laws, and federal securities laws. He has served as bond counsel, disclosure counsel, and issuers counsel on various finance matters across Iowa.

Jason has extensive experience representing cities and counties on urban renewal and economic development issues, such as creating and amending urban renewal plans, drafting development agreements, and analyzing tax issues. He is focused on assisting clients with creative ways to maintain, renew and revitalize their communities. Jason partners with clients to develop a sound strategy to provide incentives to companies relocating and creating new jobs in the community.

In addition to public finance and economic development matters, Jason assists Iowa cities and counties with special assessments and public construction bidding. Jason has served as the firm's Procurement and Contracting Practice Group leader and the Business Entities Practice Group leader.

Prior to joining Ahlers & Cooney, Jason practiced law in Dubuque and Fort Dodge, Iowa, where he represented private-sector clients in a wide range of matters. Jason was born and raised in Osage, Iowa. He earned his A.A.S. degree from Hawkeye Community College in Civil & Construction Engineering Technology, a B.A. degree from Drake University, and then went on to earn his J.D. degree from the University of Iowa College of Law.

Representative Projects

Public Finance & Economic Development
  • Assisted multiple clients with equipment acquisition financing
  • Counseled municipal clients in capital improvement projects, including streets, sanitary sewer, storm sewer and water projects 
  • Advise county and county seat on the formation of a joint county and city building authority for new $50 million law enforcement facility
  • Advise cities and counties concerning Iowa law on economic development and urban renewal in order to help them establish thriving business environments in their communities and create new job opportunities
  • Guide clients through the process of establishing and amending urban renewal plans
  • Consult with city and county staff to strategically analyze and draft development agreements
Corporate and Business
  • Provide advice to small businesses, including entity formation, operating agreements, financing, mergers and acquisitions
  • Counseled borrower in $75,000,000 senior, secured credit facility comprised of $50,000,000 term loan facility and $25,000,000 revolving loan facility
Estate Planning and Estate Administration
  • Preparation of estate plans for individuals and their families including wills, trust agreements and powers of attorney
  • Efficiently settle probate and trust estates including fiduciary income tax returns, inheritance tax returns and estate tax returns
Real Estate Transactions
  • Provided assistance to private university in the negotiation, sale and subsequent development of large mixed-use development.
  • Represent clients in the purchase, sale and lease of commercial and residential real estate, including purchase agreements, installment sale contracts, leases, options and rights of first refusal

Memberships

American Bar Association

Iowa State Bar Association

Illinois State Bar Association

Polk County Bar Association

National Association of Bond Lawyers

Iowa Municipal Attorneys Association

Iowa Rural Development Council

Speaking/Presentations

Jason's most recent speaking engagements include:

ISAC Spring Conference, County Supervisors Affiliate Meeting, presented with Nathan Summers, D.A. Davidson & Co.,"Bonding and Financing," March 2020

Iowa State University, 2019 Iowa Municipal Professionals Institute, “Financing Options and Economic Development,” with Jenna Bishop, Maria Brownell and Kristin Cooper, July 2019

Iowa State University, Iowa Municipal Professionals Institute, "Urban Renewal/ Urban Revitalization,"  July 2018

Iowa League of Cities, Fall Budget Workshop, "Economic Development Strategies and Incentive Options," November 2017

Iowa League of Cities, Annual Conference, “Using Urban Renewal Tools to Promote Growth,” September 2017

Iowa State University, Iowa Municipal Professionals Institute, "Development Agreements," 2015 - 2017

Iowa League of Cities, Legislative Day, "Urban Renewal/Economic Development 101,"  February 2015

Published Articles & Books

Cityscape, Iowa League of Cities, Vol. 79 No. 9, March 2020, Questions Answered: Helping Communities Thrive,” co-authored with Jenna Bishop and Nathan Overberg

Ahlers & Cooney, Iowa Urban Renewal Law, A Primer from Ahlers & Cooney, original authors: Mark Cory and Patricia Martin, authors of 2018 update: Jenna Bishop, Jason Comisky and Nathan Overberg (2018)

Professional, Community and Civic Leadership

Iowa Legal Aid, Volunteer Intake Attorney

Ankeny Izaak Walton League

Tri-State Estate Planning Council

Leadership Dubuque