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John A. Stalfort

John A. Stalfort

John Stalfort is the managing principal of the firm's Washington, D.C. office. He serves as counsel to commercial and investment banks, political subdivisions, economic development agencies, for-profit and not-for-profit entities (including health care institutions, secondary schools and other 501(c)(3) organizations), corporate trustees and bond purchasers in all types of tax-exempt and taxable bond transactions. He has served as bond counsel in connection with many of the most significant economic development projects in the State of Maryland and the Greater Washington region for more than 40 years. Included in these projects are the public-private-partnership (P3) financing of the Seagirt Marine Terminal in Baltimore’s harbor, the Chesapeake Hyatt Resort development (a 400-room hotel, golf course, spa and resort in Cambridge, Maryland), the National Harbor project (a 7,000,000-square-foot, mixed-used community along the Potomac River), the National Aquarium in Baltimore, the Purple Line light rail project in Montgomery County and Prince George's County, Maryland, the proposed integrated trolley and bus system in the District of Columbia and the redevelopment of Washington's Union Station.

During the past 20 years, a particular focus of his practice has been land-based infrastructure transactions, including special taxing districts, tax increment financing districts (TIF) and community development authorities in the Mid-Atlantic Region as bond counsel, developer’s counsel and underwriter’s counsel. These transactions have included the first two special taxing district financings in the State of Delaware and the redevelopment of downtown Columbia, Maryland. Several of these transactions have involved transit-oriented development projects (TOD’s).

John's practice also involves equipment leasing and finance transactions in which he represents operating lessors, corporate and municipal clients as lessees and financial institutions acting as a lender, lessor, buyer, seller or trustee. These transactions have included single-investor structures, leveraged lease structures and synthetic lease structures.

He also serves as counsel to financial institutions in connection with asset-based lending and commercial finance transactions and secured real estate loans.

John is a former member of the Firm's Board of Directors and former Chair of the Firm's Business Department.

John lives in Maryland with his wife, Anne, and has two children, Elizabeth and Doug.

Affiliations & Recognition

Professional Involvement

  • Federal City Council: Trustee (2017-present)

  • Greater Washington Board of Trade: Board of Directors (2012-present); Executive Committee Member (2017); General Counsel (2018-present)

  • Junior Achievement of Greater Washington: Board Chair (2016); Board Chair Elect (2015); Executive Committee Member (2014-present); Board of Directors (2013-present)

  • Maryland State Bar Association: Section Council, Section of Business Law Chairman (1995-1996)

  • National Association of Bond Lawyers

  • Tax Increment Finance Coalition of the Council of Development Finance Agencies: Committee Member (2005-present)

  • The Economic Club of Washington, D.C. (2012-present)

  • Urban Land Institute - TOD Product Council (2014-present)


  • Best Lawyers in America®: Named “Lawyer of the Year,” Public Finance Law, Washington DC (2013, 2017); Banking and Finance Law, Washington DC (2019)

  • Best Lawyers in America®: Selected for inclusion in the areas of Public Finance Law (2008-2019); Banking and Finance Law (2013-2019)

  • Chambers USA - America’s Leading Lawyers for Business: Recognized Practitioner in the area of Real Estate (2018-2019)

  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating: AV Preeminent® Rated

  • Maryland Super Lawyers®: Selected for inclusion in the area of Bonds/Government Finance (2012)

  • Washington Business Journal Legal Champion (2014)

  • Washington D.C. Super Lawyers®: Selected for inclusion in the area of Government Finance, Real Estate, Banking (2013-2019)

Case Examples

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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Representation of MEDCO

We represented the Maryland Economic Development Corporation, as issuer of taxable revenue bonds and lessor, and a regional b...

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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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