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Robert Haight, a partner in Goodwin Procter’s Business Law Department and a member of the Real Estate, REITs & Real Estate Capital Markets Group, specializes in municipal and public finance matters. He has extensive experience in providing counsel services to developers, bondholders, underwriters, financial advisors, municipalities, special districts and other governmental agencies in the State of California.

Mr. Haight has handled all phases of municipal bond issues and has counseled clients in connection with the issuance, refinancing and restructuring of taxable bonds, assessment bonds, special-tax bonds, industrial developmental bonds, general fund obligation bonds, TRANs and other anticipation notes, redevelopment bonds, revenue bonds, certificates of participation, and other lease/installment purchase transactions. He is widely recognized as one of the leading lawyers in the land-secured infrastructure bond area.

Additionally, Mr. Haight has conducted forensic review of troubled bond issues on behalf of developers, issuers and bondholders, and has counseled clients in several high profile bond workouts. He has served as Developer’s Counsel in new and refinanced issues and has assisted developers in drafting and implementing Owner Participation Agreements and Disposition and Development Agreements. Mr. Haight has also served as Bond Counsel, Disclosure Counsel and Underwriter’s Counsel. In such capacity, he has drafted required bond documents, official statements, private placement memoranda and other disclosure documents, and rendered advice with respect to state and federal securities laws.

Mr. Haight has been regularly selected by his peers as “Southern California Super Lawyer” by Law & Politics (2007, 2008, 2009). While attending law school, he received an American Jurisprudence Award in Real Property and Criminal Law.

Prior to joining Goodwin Procter, Mr. Haight was a partner in the Century City office of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman.


Professional Activities

Mr. Haight is a member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers. He serves as editor-in-chief of REsource: A Goodwin Procter Publication for the Real Estate Industry, a bi-annual newsletter produced and authored by attorneys in the firm’s Real Estate, REITs & Real Estate Capital Markets group since 2006.

Media

Mr. Haight has been quoted by the California Real Estate Journal and his publishing credits include, “In Foreclosures, Lenders May Need A Little Help From Their Friends,” Real Estate Finance & Investment Magazine (Feb. 2009); “The Special District Knowledge Gap,” REsource: A Goodwin Procter Publication for the Real Estate Industry (Spring 2009); “Land Secured Bonds on Shifting Ground in Today’s Market,” The Bond Buyer (Jun. 2008); “Homeowner Disclosure: What They Don’t Know Can Hurt You,” Builder and Developer magazine (Aug. 1999); “California AB 1224: Foreclosure Reform or Complication?,” The Real Estate Finance Journal (Summer 1998); and “Bond Counsel’s Opinions: On Them You Can’t Rely,” Capital Sources for Real Estate (April 1998).

Additionally, Mr. Haight participated in the 2009 Crittenden National Conference in Las Vegas, where he spoke on the challenges and opportunities of owning or buying Mello-Roos property and presented his guide, "Mello-Roos Community Facilities Districts: Top 10 Tips Every Lender and Property Owner Must Know." He also served as chair of the 1998 Private Thoughts on Public Finance seminar panel entitled, “The Capital Gang: A Land-Based Financing Roundtable.”

Build America Bonds: Help for the Land-Secured Market?
REsource Fall 2010
December 1, 2010

"The Special District Knowledge Gap"
RESource
April 1, 2009