Mr. Barber is a partner in the firm’s Public Finance Group, concentrating primarily in municipal capital markets. He has extensive experience in municipal finance, including related areas of state and federal securities and tax law, and economic development financing programs.
Mr. Barber has a legal practice focusing on capital formation for municipal governments and small businesses. Mr. Barber serves as counsel to GPEC, Arizona Health Facilities Authority, The Industrial Development Authority of the City of Phoenix, Arizona, and other Arizona municipalities. Long recognized for his ability to craft creative solutions to complex problems, Mr. Barber is frequently called upon for assistance by municipal governments, investment bankers, developers and local sport franchises.
In 1990, the Phoenix Suns engaged Mr. Barber to serve as Bond Counsel on the private sector portion of the financing of the America West Arena. In 1998, Mr. Barber served as Bond Counsel on the refunding of the 1990 transaction. In 2002, Mr. Barber also served as Bond Counsel on a $43,000,000 financing of various expansions and renovations to the America West Arena. Mr. Barber also served as Bond Counsel to the Arizona Diamondbacks on the $128,000,000 permanent financing of the Bank One Ballpark.
Following his creative bent, in 1994, Mr. Barber developed an asset disposition program with the RTC that allowed Arizona nonprofits to participate in the acquisition and resale (at a profit of $6 million) of two of the largest assets ever disposed of through the RTC’s Affordable Housing Program. Later that same year, on behalf of The Industrial Development Authority of the City of Phoenix, Arizona, Mr. Barber developed a streamlined bond program for small manufacturers to borrow at tax-exempt rates.
Mr. Barber has been engaged to structure financings for a variety of complex affordable housing transactions in the Phoenix metropolitan area, including Capital Mews Apartments, Westward Ho Apartments, and Roosevelt Historic District Apartments, all of which involve some combination of tax-exempt bonds, low income housing tax credits, subordinate governmental loans and other multi-government participation.
- The Best Lawyers in America - Lawyer of the Year - Phoenix - Municipal Law, 2012, 2016-2017
- The Best Lawyers in America - Municipal Law and Public Finance Law, 2008-2016
- Southwest Super Lawyers - Corporate and Securities Law, Bonds/Government Finance, 2007, 2010-2012
- Martindale-Hubbell - "AV/Preeminent Attorney" Rating
- John P. Frank Pro Bono Awards Luncheon - Recognized for commitment - Pro bono service
- AZ Business Magazine - Top Lawyers - Public Finance, and Securities and Corporate Finance, 2010, 2012