At the Crossroads of Business, Government & the Law
Lori Smith-Lalla is a former Assistant County Attorney for Broward County and is board certified by The Florida Bar as a specialist in City, County and Local Government Law. Lori’s insight into how local government operates on a day-to-day basis informs both her general governmental practice and her work as a public finance attorney.
Lori represents local government clients in bond financings using sophisticated financing instruments such as rate-lock agreements, swap agreements, letters of credit, delayed delivery agreements, and other derivative products. She has helped in the financing of airports, seaports, bridges, toll roads, water and sewer facilities, environmentally sensitive lands, stormwater utilities and reclaimed water projects, electric and gas utilities, parks, convention centers, performing arts centers, sports complexes, government buildings, health care and hospital facilities, single family and multifamily housing projects, educational facilities (including charter schools, private schools and universities), industrial development, hospitals and low income housing.
Lori has worked on a $1 billion complex financing for Citizens Property Insurance, all the financing for the expansion of the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport over the past three decades, and the development and financing of the BB&T Center, the home arena of the Florida Panthers NHL team.
As regulatory bodies continually adopt stricter disclosure and continuing disclosure rules, and continue to increase enforcement efforts, Lori helps public finance issuers navigate and understand the complexities they face. She has served as disclosure counsel to five Florida cities and two counties, and as bond counsel to more than a dozen cities and other government entities.
University of Bridgeport School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1987
University of Connecticut, B.A., Political Science, 1984
Board Certified by The Florida Bar as a specialist in City, County and Local Government Law