Everett M. Johnson is a Public Finance shareholder at the law firm of Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A. Everett has represented numerous public entities in the issuance of tax-exempt and taxable obligation, including the Newark Housing Authority, the Passaic County Improvement Authority, the Newark Watershed Commission, the Middlesex County Improvement Authority, the New Brunswick Parking Authority, the Borough of Red Bank, the Township of Monroe, the Township of Franklin (Somerset County), the Borough of North Plainfield and various other municipalities and boards of education throughout the State of New Jersey. Everett has also represented the State of New Jersey as Bond Counsel on various bond issues, including the conversion of Auction Rate Bonds to Fixed Rate Bonds for its Business Employment Incentive Program. Additionally, Everett serves as Special Tax Counsel to the Newark Downtown Core Redevelopment Corporation and has represented various Underwriters as Underwriter's Counsel, including Wachovia Bank, National Association, Loop Capital Markets, LLC, Siebert, Brandford Shank & Company, LLC, and Powell Capital Markets. Everett has extensive experience in the issuance of fixed rate and variable rate demand bonds issued on a competitive or negotiated basis. Everett is also a Certified Public Accountant. Prior to attending law school, he worked as a tax senior for Arthur Andersen, L.L.P. where he provided tax preparation services and tax planning to high net-worth individuals, corporations, partnerships, and limited liability companies. In June of 2003, Everett was appointed by Governor James E. McGreevey to serve as a Commissioner on the Essex County Board of Taxation, where he served as the President of the Essex County Board of Taxation from May 2006 to May 2008. In September of 2004, Everett completed the Leadership Newark Fellowship Program, which has the primary purpose of developing leaders in the City of Newark and the surrounding communities. Everett sits on the Board of, and serves as Treasurer of, MAN etc, Inc., a nonprofit corporation that provides scholarships to economically disadvantaged youths and is active in various community service activities. He is also a founding member and the Chairman of Black Americans Lobbying for Leadership of Tomorrow, a political action committee created for the purpose of supporting elected officials and candidates whose policies and positions benefit, serve and empower people of African descent. Additionally, Everett is a member of the NAACP, Leadership Newark Graduate Organization, the Garden State Bar Association, the New Jersey State Bar Association, the Essex County Bar Association and the Middlesex County Bar Association. Everett has been selected for inclusion in New Jersey Law Journal's 40 Under 40 list in 2008. He was also selected for inclusion in New Jersey Super Lawyers -Rising Stars Edition 2006. Everett has a Juris Doctor from Rutgers-Newark, School of Law, a Master of Science in Taxation from Seton Hall University, and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Africana Studies from Rutgers, The State University. Everett was born, raised and currently resides in Newark, New Jersey with his wife and two children.
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