Penfield Tate is experienced in public finance and municipal law, as someone who has worked in government and as an adviser to government.
He has wide-ranging experience representing public entities, lenders and underwriters engaged in the process of financing essential public improvements, and advising local and state governments in the exercise of their administrative responsibilities.
In government, Pen has served in both the Colorado Senate and House of Representatives. He has served as executive director of the Department of Administration for former Governor Roy Romer, as well as on both the State of Colorado Banking Board and the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority. As an aide to former Denver Mayor Federico Peña, Pen represented the mayor's office on issues involving airport finance, business and economic development, and housing development.
Pen has been engaged in the public finance practice for more than 20 years. Pen has experience working as bond, disclosure, trustee and underwriter's counsel. Since 2004, he has served as bond counsel for financings by public entities throughout Colorado which aggregate to more than $7 billion, and as underwriter's or disclosure counsel for financings by public entities throughout the U.S. which aggregate to more than $4.9 billion. He has been involved in a variety of financings, including fixed and variable rate, taxable and tax-exempt, senior and subordinate, revenue, general obligation, master lease and master indenture issuances, and lease purchases. Pen is also experienced in transactions involving letters of credit, municipal bond insurance, standby bond purchase arrangements and other forms of credit enhancement.
Pen often speaks before groups on issues of public interest; he is also a regular commentator with the local print and electronic news media.
Areas of Concentration
· Public finance
· Municipal securities
· Corporate law
Professional & Community Involvement
· Board of Directors, Aurora Economic Development Council
· Board of Directors, The Bell Policy Center
· Board of Directors, Cerebral Palsy of Colorado
· Board of Directors, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce
· Member, American Bar Association
· Member, Denver Alumni Chapter, Kappa Alpha Psi
· Member, Denver Bar Association
· Member, Colorado Bar Association
· Member in Good Standing, National Association of Bond Lawyers
· Member, Owl Club of Denver
· Member, Sam Cary Bar Association
· Member, Sigma Pi Phi
· President, Denver Board of Water Commissioners
· Board of Directors, The Denver Foundation (2003-2009)
· Board of Directors, YMCA of Metro Denver (2003-2009)
Awards & Recognition
· Recipient, "Rupert-Tate Game Changer Award," Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition, 2010
· Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Colorado Super Lawyers, 2006-2007
· Recipient, "M. Doak Jacoway Volunteer of the Year Award," Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, 2006-2007
· Recipient, "Leadership Denver Alumnus of the Year Award," Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, 2005
· Recipient, "Father of the Year Award," American Diabetes Association, 2005
· Recipient, "Civil Rights Award," Anti-Defamation League, 2003
· Rated, AV Preeminent® 5.0 out of 5
Publications & Presentations
Articles, Lectures & Publications
· Speaker, "Achieving Success," Colorado Association of Black Professional Engineers and Scientists, February 2006
· Speaker, "The Uniqueness of Colorado," Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce Access Denver Program, April 2005
· Speaker, "Leadership," Colorado State University Montfort Professor-in-Residence, November 2004
· Speaker, "Employment for Every 'Body'," Colorado Coalition for Persons with Disabilities, May 2004
· Regular Panelist, "Colorado Today," Rocky Mountain PBS