Michael Slania, originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, received his Bachelor of Business Administration, with honors, from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1981 and graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1984. He has practiced in the areas of public finance law and corporate law, in both Wisconsin and Arizona. Mr. Slania joined the Firm in 1992, after practicing in Phoenix with a national law firm.
His experience in public finance includes a variety of municipal and state issues in Arizona, as well as numerous other states, including New Mexico, Wisconsin, Florida and Ohio. He has served as Bond Counsel for many types of obligations, including industrial development revenue bonds, school district bonds, notes and leases, general obligation bonds, water and sewer revenue bonds, street and highway bonds, special assessment bonds, lease/purchase financings and certificates of participation. As Disclosure and/or Underwriter’s Counsel, he has prepared and reviewed both Official Statements for public (retail) sale and Private Placement Memorandum for private (institutional) sales. He has also served as Issuer’s Counsel or general corporate counsel for various governmental and non-profit organizations and as Trustee’s Counsel to several national banks on a variety of bond issues. Furthermore, he has acted as borrower’s counsel on various 501(c)(3) issues.
In addition to public finance, Mr. Slania has extensive experience with other transactional legal work. Representation of small and medium sized corporations, limited-liability corporations, and partnerships as well as a variety of non-profit entities have been a significant part of his practice.
Estate planning, including premarital agreements, is another aspect of Mr. Slania’s practice. Individual attention and working through various options that are available is a hallmark of vital estate planning.
Mr. Slania is a member of the State Bar of Arizona, the State Bar of Wisconsin, Southern Arizona Estate Planners, and the National Association of Bond Lawyers. Currently, he is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Salpointe Catholic High School and previously served as President of Salpointe Catholic Education Foundation. Mr. Slania enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons and traveling.