Ballard Spahr Adds Two Partners

Ballard Spahr added two Denver-based partners to its public finance team firm chair Mark Stewart announced today.

Kimberly Reed and Hester Parrot joined the firm from Kutak Rock.

“These dynamic attorneys complement our existing capabilities and help lay the foundation for a powerhouse public finance practice in Colorado,” Stewart said. “Their enthusiasm, established roots in the Denver area and combined 30 years of experience make them invaluable resources for the firm’s clients.”

The arrival of Reed and Parrot also marks the latest development in Ballard Spahr’s continued expansion in Denver and Boulder. In the past year, the firm added 18 lawyers, including eight partners, in Colorado, through mergers with Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz and Lindquist & Vennum.

“We’re excited to welcome Kim and Hester to the firm,” said Steven Suflas, managing partner of Ballard Spahr’s Denver and Boulder offices. “This addition is another important step toward returning the Denver office to its origins and reaffirming our position as a preeminent public finance firm in the Rocky Mountain region.”

Ballard Spahr’s Denver-based public finance attorneys — led by partner Anastasia Khokhryakova — serve as bond counsel, disclosure counsel or issuer’s counsel to the State of Colorado, state authorities, higher education and health care institutions, counties and municipalities, special districts and other governmental issuers.

Reed focuses on tax-exempt and taxable financings by Colorado special districts. She has also participated in transactions involving urban renewal authorities, transportation authorities, airports, housing authorities, cities, towns, counties, school districts and water and sewer enterprises. Reed has served as bond counsel, special disclosure counsel and underwriter’s counsel in municipal finance transactions by such issuers.

Parrot focuses on financings for charter schools, other 501(c)(3) organizations and government entities ranging from small towns to state-level issuers. For more than a decade, she has served as counsel in bond financing transactions for more than 50 charter schools across the country and helped clients issue more than $1 billion for projects throughout the region. Parrot has also served as bond counsel, disclosure counsel and underwriter’s counsel on transactions involving the issuance of a variety of debt instruments, including general obligation bonds, revenue bonds, certificates of participation, conduit private activity bonds and single-family mortgage revenue bonds.