Kevin L. Barney: Lawyer with Kutak Rock LLP

Kevin L. Barney

Chicago,  IL  U.S.A.
Phone(312) 602-4117

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Practice Areas

  • Charitable Organizations / 501c-3
  • Industrial Development Revenue Bonds
  • General Governmental
  • Water and Wastewater Utilities
  • Multifamily Housing
  • Underwriter's Counsel
  • Tax 103
  • Charter Schools
  • Airports
  • Bond Counsel
  • Issuer's Counsel
University Brigham Young University, B.A., 1982
Law SchoolUniversity of Illinois College of Law, J.D., 1985; DePaul University, LL.M., Taxation, 1990
Admitted1985, Illinois

Memberships and Affiliations

American and Chicago Bar Associations; State Bar of Illinois; National Association of Bond Lawyers

BornLogan, Utah, September 1, 1958

Mr. Barney, a partner in Kutak Rock's Chicago office, was a partner in the law firm of Katten Muchin & Zavis, Chicago, Illinois, and an associate in the law firm of Borge and Pitt, Chicago, Illinois, prior to joining the firm's Chicago office. Mr. Barney has more than 25 years' experience in, and currently devotes all of his time to, public finance. He emphasizes the following practice areas: (a) general market financing, particularly in Illinois and Wisconsin; (b) qualified small issue bonds for manufacturing facilities; (c) exempt facility bonds; (d) qualified 501(c)(3) bonds; and (e) the tax law relating to tax-exempt bonds.

Mr. Barney has served in the capacities of bond counsel, underwriter's or placement agent's counsel, special issuer's counsel, borrower's counsel and credit enhancer's counsel for billions of dollars in principal amount of bonds. In the 1980s he served as bond counsel for the Illinois Development Finance Authority's pooled bond program. He has worked on numerous financings for the City of Chicago and other issuers, and is currently bond counsel to the Cities of Madison and Janesville in Wisconsin.

• Serving as bond counsel for general obligation and revenue bonds of cities, counties and school districts.
• Serving as bond counsel to the pooled bond program of a large state financing authority.
• Serving as bond counsel for numerous private activity bonds, including small issues, airports, multifamily housing, solid waste disposal and not-for-profit organizations.
• Serving as underwriters' counsel for a wide variety of bond issues.


February 3, 2014 Kutak Rock Assists With $1 Billion Bond Deal
Kutak Rock LLP has negotiated and drafted transactional documents needed to sell the State of Illinois' $1 billion general obligation bonds. On February 6, Illinois sold tax-exempt bonds with a 25-year maturity.

July 2, 2010 Kutak Rock's Chicago Office Celebrates 10 Years


September 20, 2013 IRS Releases Proposed Arbitrage Regulations
On September 16, 2013, the IRS published proposed regulations (the Proposed Regulations) in the Federal Register covering several areas relating to tax-exempt bonds, including the determination of the issue price of such bonds. It is important to note that these Proposed Regulations are, for the most part, not yet in effect. While issuers may elect to apply certain portions of the Proposed Regulations, the general rule is that the Proposed Regulations will impact bonds issued on or after 90 days following the publication of final regulations in the Federal Register. For the time being, we will continue to apply the existing regulations (the Existing Regulations) unless it is advantageous to apply the Proposed Regulations to new transactions.

Client Alert

February 17, 2011 The Status of Certain Bond Tax Provisions Post-ARRA
The purpose of this memorandum is to describe the status of certain tax provisions subsequent to the end of calendar year 2010 that are of interest to the attorneys and clients of Kutak Rock LLP's public finance practice.

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Kevin L. Barney

One South Wacker Drive, Suite 2050
ChicagoIL 60606-4614


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