On July 7, 2016, the State of Georgia closed its largest aggregate general obligation bond issue in the State’s history.  Gray Pannell & Woodward LLP acted as bond counsel to the State of Georgia and gave the approving bond opinions on the $720,165,000 State of Georgia General Obligation Bonds 2016A, $199,870,000 State of Georgia General…

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Governor Nathan Deal appointed James Woodward, a partner with Gray Pannell & Woodward LLP in Atlanta, to the Partnership for Public Facilities and Infrastructure Act Guidelines Committee. The Georgia General Assembly created the committee on April 2, 2015 to prepare recommended model guidelines for local governments interested in receiving unsolicited proposals for projects from the…

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SAVANNAH, GA: October 17, 2014- Gray Pannell & Woodward, LLP announced it’s speaking session at the upcoming University of Georgia Carl Vinson Institute of Government, Economic Development Professionals Training Course “Business Retention and Expansion” (BREP) at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center on February 5, 2015. The BREP course will feature Gray Pannell & Woodward…

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The annual Economic Opportunity Authority’s Martin Luther King Jr. Observance, its 43rd, got by us last week but it deserves recognition. Each year Executive Director John Finney and his staff select a group of Savannahians whose efforts contributed to making the town a more equal and pleasant place to live and work. This year those…

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On March 10, 2014, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced a cooperation initiative out of its Enforcement Division to encourage issuers and underwriters of municipal securities to self-report certain violations of federal securities laws rather than wait for their violations to be detected. Under the Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation (“MCDC”) Initiative, the Enforcement…

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(Savannah, Ga.) –Gray Pannell & Woodward LLP is pleased to announce that Tom Gray and Jim Pannell have been named Super Lawyers, and Jim Woodward and Jon Pannell have been named as Rising Stars in the 2014 Super Lawyers listings published by Thomson Reuters and the publishers of Atlanta Magazine. Only twelve Georgia lawyers are…

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(Savannah, Ga.) – If a local government is planning on calling a special election in 2014 to present a question to the voters, i.e., county special purpose local option sales tax (“SPLOST”), sales tax for educational purposes (“ESPLOST”), the issuance of general obligation debt, and special tax districts including tax allocation districts (“TADs”) and community improvement districts (“CIDs”), the only…

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Georgia Trend Magazine has recognized Jim Pannell as a 2013 Notable Georgian. Mr. Pannell’s name appears in the January 2013 edition of Georgia Trend Magazine which profiles the Georgian of the Year and 2013 Most Influential Georgians. This is the 12th consecutive year that Jim Pannell has been named a Notable Georgian by the publication…

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Jim Woodward will present a continuing legal education seminar focusing on development authorities during the ICLE Institute for City and County Attorneys held September 13 – 14, 2012 in Athens, Georgia. Mr. Woodward, a partner in Gray Pannell & Woodward’s Atlanta office, focuses his practice primarily in the areas of public finance and economic development…

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Savannah attorney James “Jim” Pannell comes from a family of lawyers and judges and an even greater family of mentors in fellow attorneys since he started practicing law in 1974. His colleagues in the Savannah Bar Association Thursday night named Pannell the 2012 winner of the Frank Cheatham Professionalism Award, named after the late Chatham…

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