Karen S. D. Grande: Lawyer with Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP

Karen S. D. Grande

Providence,  RI  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Debt Finance & Capital Markets
  • Public Finance
  • Municipal Insolvency and Chapter 9 Bankruptcy
  • Educational Institutions
  • Energy & Cleantech
  • Government and Public Sector
  • Healthcare
  • Banking & Financial Institutions
University Florida State University; Syracuse University, A.B., 1982
Law SchoolSuffolk University, J.D., cum laude, 1987
Admitted1987, Rhode Island; 1988, Massachusetts


National Association of Bond Lawyers
Rhode Island Government Finance Officers Association
Rhode Island Bar Association
Rhode Island Bar Foundation Fellow

BornProvidence, Rhode Island, December 4, 1960

Ms. Grande has concentrated her practice in the area of revenue bonds and general obligation bonds, and regularly handles state law issues relating to the issuance of bonds.

Ms. Grande represents government agencies and instrumentalities and has substantial experience working with first-time issuers. She often counsels clients with unusual problems and special situations, and provides broad-based municipal law advice to municipal clients relating to application and amendment of their charters and the drafting and passage of legislation. Most recently, she has developed expertise relating to finances of distressed communities, focusing on powers of municipalities in proceedings under Chapter 9 of the United States Bankruptcy Code.

Ms. Grande has served as bond counsel to cities and towns as well as to many state, regional and municipal agencies which finance public projects including school projects, student loans, health care facilities, public water supply and wastewater projects, recreational facilities and economic development projects. She has been named the Best Lawyers' 2015 Providence Public Finance Lawyer of the Year. She has also been listed in both The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Public Finance Law as well as a Rhode Island Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters.
•Serves as counsel advising institutions of higher education and health care providers on bond financings for educational and health care facilities.

•Serves as underwriter's counsel to various investment banking firms, both locally and in New York.

•Developed a wealth of experience on wastewater issues, having served as bond counsel for sewer utility financings and as borrower's counsel to various cities and towns in connection with wastewater financings.

•Has worked with public water supply systems on infrastructure projects for safe drinking water.

•Provides advice and renders opinions in connection with the issuance of general obligation bonds by governmental issuers at all levels and has significant experience advising governmental entities regarding creative financing solutions.

Before Edwards Wildman

Prior to joining the Firm's Public Finance Group, Karen spent 18 years in the public finance group at another Rhode Island law firm.

Besides Edwards Wildman

Karen is on the Board of Directors of the Greenwood Credit Union. She is a graduate of Leadership Rhode Island, a program designed to educate leaders to serve as catalysts for positive change. Karen has served on the Board of Trustees/Elders of the Greenwood Community Church and serves as Chairperson of the Church's Investment Committee. As a double major in English and Music in college, Karen particularly enjoys reading and choral music.

Karen Grande Discusses Municipal Chapter 9 Cases in The Bond Buyer Video
December 3, 2014
WEBINAR - Municipal Rebound: Lessons for State Officials from Rhode Island's Central Fall's Chapter 9 Bankruptcy
November 14, 2013 event
Municipal Rebound: Lessons for State Officials from Rhode Island's Central Fall's Chapter 9 Bankruptcy
July 25, 2013 event
Bond Buyer's 2nd Annual Symposium on Distressed Municipalities
March 18-19, 2013 event
American Bankruptcy Institute - Valcon 2013
February 20-22, 2013 event
ABI's Valcon 2013
February 20-22, 2013 event
Donald J. Milkus 9th Annual Spring Training Seminar
March 31 - April 1, 2011 event
Public Finance Advisory - Bond Insurer Downgrades and Material Event Notice Filings
February 21, 2008
Current Developments in Public Finance
June 3, 2008 event

The Best Lawyers in America 2015 Recognizes Edwards Wildman Attorneys for Excellence
August 18, 2014
Best Lawyers Recognizes 54 Edwards Wildman Attorneys
October 16, 2013
Edwards Wildman Duo Examines Rulings Affecting the Bankruptcy and Public Finance Worlds in The Bankruptcy Strategist
June 11, 2013
Edwards Wildman Duo Co-Authors Article on Bankruptcy Law and Public Finance in The Bankruptcy Strategist
May 2, 2013
Edwards Wildman's Karen Grande Comments on Municipalities in Fiscal Distress in The Bond Buyer
March 18, 2013
Edwards Wildman's Karen Grande Comments on Florida Pension Ruling in Governing
January 28, 2013
Edwards Wildman's Karen Grande Comments on Alabama County Bankruptcy in the Bond Buyer
October 25, 2012
Best Lawyers Recognizes 56 Edwards Wildman Attorneys
September 27, 2012
Sixty EAPD Attorneys Recognized by the Best Lawyers in America
August 10, 2010
62 EAPD Attorneys Recognized as Best Lawyers in America 2010
September 1, 2009


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Karen S. D. Grande

2800 Financial Plaza
ProvidenceRI 02903


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