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Francina J. Brinker


Staff Attorney
Francina J. Brinker

As a resident of the firm’s Baltimore office, Fran Brinker concentrates her practice in the area of tax-exempt financing, with a particular focus on arbitrage, rebate, and other tax matters.  She has served as bond counsel and special tax counsel as well as counsel to regional and national commercial and investment banks and not-for-profit entities. Her practice encompasses a wide variety of bond structures, including variable rate demand bond programs, bank qualified transactions, public offerings and private placements and many types of tax-exempt bonds including governmental bonds to finance infrastructure and public projects for local governments; agricultural land preservation programs; tax increment financing and special taxing districts; qualified 501(c)(3) bonds to finance headquarter buildings, area attractions, schools, hospitals, continuing care retirement communities and other charitable facilities; qualified small issue bonds for manufacturing facilities; and tax-exempt facility bonds for housing, airport and port facilities. Fran has also provided legal services regarding various federal tax credits, including acting as counsel to low income housing tax credit (LIHTC) investors and providing analysis necessary to deliver tax credit opinions.

Affiliations & Recognition

Community Activities

  • Mercy High School: Member, Board of Trustees (2007-2013); Member, Development Committee (2007-2013)

  • Saint Ursula School: Board of Directors (2000-2010)

Professional Involvement

  • Archdiocese of Baltimore: Chairperson, Advisory Board to the Superintendent of Catholic Schools (2008-2010)

  • Maryland Catholic Conference: Member, Education Committee (2003-2006)

  • Maryland Federation of Catholic School Families: Member, Advisory Board (2001-2008)

  • Maryland State Bar Association

  • National Association of Bond Lawyers

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Civil War Preservation

Each year, people visit Gettysburg to see actual civil war battlefields and memorabilia. To provide a more enjoyable experien...

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Bond Counsel for Schools

Private schools are constantly looking for ways to set themselves apart from other schools and to provide a higher quality of...

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Tax-Exempt Bonds

Frederick County, Maryland, established a special taxing district in the Urbana area of the county for the benefit of two dev...

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