Private Investment Funds
St. Olaf College, B.A., Political Science, 1976
University of Connecticut
School of Law, J.D.
American Bar Association of the City of New York
Connecticut Bar Association
National Bar Association
National Association of Securities Professionals
Former General Counsel
Executive Committee member
National Association of Securities Professionals Foundation
Civic and charitable Memberships
100 Black Men Association
Greater New York Boy Scouts of America, Board Member
Ronald H. Brown Foundation, Advisory Board
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
Sigma Pi Phi fraternity
St. Olaf College, Board Member
A trusted adviser, Al maintains a robust public and project finance practice. His clients rely on his significant experience in public policy, public and project finance, and private equity and alternative investments to develop innovative solutions that address their individual finance objectives.
Al focuses his finance practice on state and states’ authority level issues, particularly on the development and implementation of state programs created for the benefit of local municipalities.
His experience extends to serving as bond counsel, underwriter’s counsel, and special tax counsel to state and local governments and public authorities across the country, including the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia.
For over 30 years, Al has served as bond counsel to the State of Connecticut in connection with its general obligation bonds, working with several State Treasurers in the process.
In representing the State of Connecticut as private investment counsel and real estate investment counsel to the Treasurer of the State of Connecticut for the approximately $40 billion Connecticut Retirement Plans and Trust Funds (CRPTF), Al assists the Connecticut Treasurer, General Counsel, and Pension Funds Management Division in the negotiation, documentation and closing of a wide array of investments and agreements for the CRPTF, including the state’s Private Investment Fund.
Al served as investment counsel to the New York State Office of the State Comptroller ("OSDC") for the $154.5 billion New York State Common Retirement Fund (“CRF”), which is the third largest pension plan in the United States. Al assisted the OSDC in the negotiation, documentation, and closing on hundreds of millions of dollars in CRF equity investments.
As investment counsel to the Comptroller of The City of New York for the New York City Pension Funds investment portfolio, Al assisted the New York City Comptroller from 2005 to 2007 in the negotiation, documentation, and closing of hundreds of millions of dollars in a wide array of investments and agreements for the respective funds, including liquid assets, as well as commitments to and investments in domestic and international venture capital, buyout, special situation, and fund of funds.
Al’s experience extends to issuances relating to sovereign debt offerings and establishing joint ventures relating to construction, real estate projects, and franchise projects in Benin, Ghana, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, and Trinidad & Tobago. He has also represented developers and financiers of power plants and bio fuel producers in Africa.
For more than 12 years, Al served as co-bond counsel to the City of St. Louis in connection with its financings for Lambert-St. Louis International Airport that were used to fund improvements to Airport facilities as well as refunding outstanding debt. Al has also acted as special bond consultant for the City of St. Louis, providing ongoing advice with respect to various questions that arise from time to time under applicable state and federal law, the Airport’s trust agreement, rating agency issues, responses to the economic turn down, and with respect to tax compliance matters. He also serves as disclosure counsel to the City of St. Louis for all of its financings as well as serving as disclosure counsel on airport transactions.
Al has served as bond counsel, disclosure counsel, underwriters’ counsel, or special counsel to major cities including Atlanta, Baltimore, Birmingham, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Hartford, Jacksonville, Los Angeles, Memphis, Miami, New Haven, New York, Oakland, San Francisco, St. Louis, and Washington D.C.
More of Al's notable experience includes:
Al is frequently invited to speak regarding including finance panels for NASP, Mayors Conference, private equity conferences, and various federal, state, and local finance conferences.
He was also featured in 2017 New York Metro Super Lawyers for his work in Government Finance.