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John R. Regier

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John is considered one of the foremost bond authorities in Massachusetts. He has a long-established relationship with the Commonwealth and has represented the state in its bond dealings for more than 30 years. John’s unique market insights are grounded in deep experience. He is particularly knowledgeable about the legislative process and the Massachusetts Constitution’s provisions on state credit. John has served as an ethics partner at Mintz, and he was largely responsible for developing and implementing the firm’s pro bono policy.

John’s practice focuses on public finance and public agency representation. He has acted as bond counsel or underwriter’s counsel in a wide variety of tax-exempt bond transactions, including financings for public higher education, transportation, public schools, and water and wastewater treatment.

Since 1984, he has been principally responsible for all legal services rendered by the firm to the State Treasurer of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, including service as bond counsel and disclosure counsel. He is particularly knowledgeable about the legislative process (and legislative drafting) and the Massachusetts Constitution (particularly the provisions relating to pledging the state’s credit).

John has also served for many years as one of the ethics partners in the firm, advising on professional responsibility matters. He was primarily responsible for developing and implementing Mintz’s pro bono policy and chaired the firm’s Pro Bono Committee from 1986 to 1990.

Education

  • Yale University (JD)
  • University of Kansas (BA)

Experience

  • Represented the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as bond counsel and disclosure counsel on this combined new money/advance refunding issue involving General Obligation Bonds, Consolidated Loan of 2016, Series F (Green Bonds) (Federally Taxable), and General Obligation Refunding Bonds, 2016 Series B. The transaction featured the Commonwealth’s third issuance of “green bonds” to finance a variety of environmentally beneficial projects, with the green bonds being sold as taxable bonds to maintain maximum flexibility with respect to private sector involvement with the financed projects.

Recognition & Awards

  • Chambers USA: Massachusetts (Band 1) – Banking & Finance: Public Finance (2012 – 2017)
  • Best Lawyers in America: Public Finance Law (2008 – 2011, 2019)

Involvement

  • Member, WGBH Overseers Advisory Board
  • Past chair, WGBH Community Advisory Board
  • Chairman, United Methodist Foundation of New England
  • Trustee, Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation
  • Director, American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts
  • Treasurer and a trustee, Harvard-Epworth United Methodist Church, Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Co-chair, Boston Bar Association Task Force on Multi-Disciplinary Practice (2000 – 2001)
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Member, Boston Bar Association
  • Member, National Association of Bond Lawyers

Recent Insights

News & Press

Events

Viewpoints

Mintz Levin's Chuck Samuels, Meghan Burke, Len Weiser-Varon, and John Regier discussed the new tax reform bill in a webinar entitled "Tax Reform: The Threat of Annihilation of Tax Exempt Financing.” 
In order to understand the context in which the current tax reform bill, H.R. 1, is being considered, it is important to know the meaning of two bits of Washington jargon: “budget reconciliation” and the “Byrd rule.” 
Yesterday, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed into law the much-awaited ethics, lobbying and campaign finance reform bill (Ethics Law), aimed at improving government regulation and oversight in these areas.
Last week, the National Association of Bond Lawyers held its 13th Annual Tax and Securities Law Institute. Some of the panels included current and former employees of the SEC who spoke on several of the more notable recent developments with respect to enforcement actions in the Municipal Securities space.
Last week, the National Association of Bond Lawyers held its 13th Annual Tax and Securities Law Institute.  Some of the panels included current and former employees of the SEC who spoke on several of the more notable recent developments with respect to enforcement actions in the Municipal Securities space.
The Massachusetts Attorney General recently promulgated regulations authorizing remote participation in meetings subject to the Open Meeting Law under certain prescribed circumstances.

News & Press

Mintz partner and Massachusetts lawyer Julie Korostoff is one of 49 attorneys recognized as “Leaders in Their Fields” by the 2018 Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business guide. Chambers named Korostoff a “Recognized Practitioner” in Technology.
The 2017 Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business guide ha recognized 49 Mintz attorneys as “Leaders in Their Fields.” Practice highlights include top rankings for banking and finance.
Firm’s National Healthcare Practice, NY Corporate/M&A and Litigation: General Commercial Among Newest Rankings
The 2015 Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business guide names 52 Mintz, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.  attorneys as “Leaders in Their Fields.”