Blake Sharpton is a Martindale-Hubbell AV-rated attorney with extensive experience in public finance and projects, asset-based lending, real estate lending, and securitized financings. He practices out of the firm’s offices in Atlanta and Macon.
•AV-Preeminent Peer Review Rated, 2011-2017
•Legal Elite - Public Finance, 2015
•Acquisition International Magazine
•Georgia’s Legal Elite, 2017
In the News
•Blake C. Sharpton to Speak at Development Authority Training Session
•Butler Snow Ranked as a Top 10 Private Bond Counsel Firm Nationally by Thomson Reuters Top Legal Counsel Review
•Butler Snow Ranked as Top 10 Bond Counsel Firm for First Half of 2017
•Butler Snow Attorney to Speak on Financing Brownfields with Private Activity Bonds
•Butler Snow Attorney Blake Sharpton Recognized in Georgia Trend’s Legal Elite 2015
•Inside Counsel - Butler Snow Team Hits Home Run with Braves’ Stadium Financing
•Butler Snow Guides 377 Million Bond Deal for Braves Stadium - Law360
•Cobb County, Ga. and Butler Snow Close Bond Transaction for New Atlanta Braves Stadium
•Butler Snow Public Finance, Tax Incentives and Credit Markets Group Launches PFI Blog
•Butler Snow Attorney Blake C. Sharpton Recently Addressed SEC’s Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative and Public Contracting Legal Issues at the 2014 Georgia Association of School Business Officials (GASBO) Fall Conference
•Butler Snow Attorneys Hold Key Roles in NABL’s 39th Annual Bond Attorney Workshop
•Peck Shaffer’s Atlanta Office Relocates to Butler Snow
•Butler Snow Expands National Public Finance Practice - 9 Attorneys Join in Denver and Atlanta
Papers, Presentations, & Publications
•Panelist Chair, “16th Annual Tax and Securities Law Institute,” TSLI 2018 Panel, Arizona, February 22-23, 2018.
•Speaker, “Tax Law Changes Under the Tax Cuts and Job Act,” JDAMA in Atlanta RE, Atlanta, Georgia, January 9, 2017.
•Speaker, “Financing Brownfields With Private Activity Bonds,” Brownfields Financing Webinar Series, Webinar, March 9, 2017.
•Co-Author, Duties of Non-Solicitor Municipal Advisors, National Association of Bond Lawyers Comments on MSRB Rule 9-42.
•Author, Infrastructure and Energy Session, Moderator at CDFA - GA Roundtable, June 4, 2014.
•Author, Municipal Advisor on the Roof, City of Dunwoody Accounting Conference, May 22, 2014.
•Author, Securing Real Estate Related Collateral: Negotiated Promissory Notes, Etc. ICLE - Real Property law Institute, May 15 - 17, 2014.
•Author, Preparing to Deliver the Bond Opinion: Tax Due Diligence and Documentation Issues, NABL, September 25, 2013.
•Author, The pain of sequestration is about to hit home, Macon Telegraph, August 11, 2013.
•Author, Bonds as the Bedrock of Development Finance, CDFA, June 4, 2013.
•Author, Unlocking the Development Finance Toolbox in Georgia, CDFA, February 20, 2013.
•Author, Municipal Bond Tax Exemption is Worth Saving, Macon Telegraph, November 25, 2012.
•Author, Comments of the National Association of Bond Lawyers regarding Project No. 13-3 Preliminary Views of the Governmental Accounting Standards Board on major issues related to Economic Condition Reporting: Financial Projects.
•Macon Symphony Orchestra, Past President
•Macon Civic Club
•Mulberry Street United Methodist Church
•Move America Act of 2017 Introduced in House
•Support the Tax-Exemption for Municipal Bonds
•Second Wave of MCDC Hits Underwriters.... No Smooth Sailing Ahead!
•Butler Snow serves as Bond Counsel and Disclosure Counsel for Cobb County for New Atlanta Braves Stadium
•Want to Save Money on Energy Costs? Consider Renewable Energy and Efficiency Programs
•Georgia’s Transportation Funding Act Of 2015 (HB 170) - Impact On Local Governments
•Georgia Election Schedule: Timeline For Local SPLOST Imposition and Bond Issuances
•Obama Administration’s FY 2016 Budget Includes Potential Tweaks to Airport Funding Mechanisms
•Supreme Court of Georgia Affirms Denial of Bond Issue for Lake Oconee Academy
•Treasury Announcement affecting the sale of SLGS
•Thinking of Refunding or Refinancing Prior Bonds? SLGS Window May Close Soon
(Also at Atlanta Office)