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John Rottschaefer handles federal tax matters with respect to municipal bonds, and enjoys a well-established reputation throughout California in this highly distinct field. He is a partner in the Public Finance practice group of Best Best & Krieger LLP. 

John provides technical advice with respect to many derivative products, forward purchases, swaps, sales-of-call rights and other unique financing methods. He also acts as bond counsel. He is a member of the firm’s team selected by the State Treasurer to act as bond counsel and disclosure counsel for the State of California in general obligation bond offerings. Among other things, he acted as lead bond counsel to the State in a number of highly complex solid-waste-to-energy financing projects.

He actively participates in structuring transactions and the various tax, legal and policy considerations involved. John acted as bond counsel on many different financing structures, including multi-family housing, single-family housing, tax allocation bonds, sales tax revenue bonds, school district certificates of participation, general obligation bonds and tax and revenue anticipation notes.

Professional & Community Involvement
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers
Thought Leadership


  • “California Public Agencies: The Fiscal Cliff, Post-Issuance Compliance and More,”, Dec. 13, 2012

Core Practices

Education & Admissions

University of California, Berkeley School of Law
University of California, Riverside
Bar Admissions



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