The National Association of Bond Lawyers recently announced the recipients of NABL’s prestigious awards. The Bernard P. Friel Medal recognizes distinguished service in the field of public finance. The 2021 Friel Medal was awarded to retired Ahlers & Cooney attorney William J. Noth. Bill joined the firm in 1983, practiced in both the Public Law and Private Law areas of the firm, and retired in 2018. He combined his extensive transactional expertise in municipal bond law with a corporate law practice. In 2004, Bill was elected as a Fellow in the American College of Bond Counsel.
NABL President-Elect and Awards Committee Chair Ann D. Fillingham said, “Throughout his career, Bill Noth served as bond counsel and provided innovative public finance thinking to communities in Iowa, both large and small. He formed the Des Moines Metropolitan Wastewater Reclamation Authority, created the master lease purchase program for the Iowa Board of Regents, and served for many years as program counsel for Iowa’s SRF and DWSRF programs, providing decades of distinguished service to his clients. Bill has also been a consistent NABL volunteer, serving on The Bond Lawyer Editorial Board, the author team of Disclosure Roles of Counsel, serving as NABL’s President from 2001-02, and being an early advocate for The Institute as a smaller forum in which experienced practitioners could come together and discuss important issues."