Bruce  D.  Van Dusen


Office:   New York
Phone:   212-820-9307
Fax:   212-820-9615

Cornell University, B.A.
Rutgers School of Law, J.D. 

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Mr. Van Dusen joined Hawkins Delafield & Wood LLP as an associate attorney upon graduation from law school and became a partner of the Firm in 1986. Mr. Van Dusen is a member of the Firm’s Management Committee. Since joining Hawkins, Mr. Van Dusen has advised the Firm’s bond counsel and underwriter clients in a wide range of revenue and general obligation financings throughout the United States.

Mr. Van Dusen was bond counsel or underwriters’ counsel in connection with three of the largest municipal bond financings in history. He acted as Bond Counsel to the California Department of Water Resources in connection with its $11 billion power financing program which addressed California's 2001-2002 energy crisis. He also was the partner in charge of the Firm’s representation of Long Island Power Authority in connection with the acquisition of Long Island Lighting Company and acted as Bond Counsel for the $7 billion bond offering to finance such acquisition. He was counsel to the underwriters in connection with the issuance by the State of California of Economic Recovery Bonds in the amount of $11 billion, part of a deficit financing program.

In addition to the transactions noted above, Mr. Van Dusen’s practice includes matters relating to the development and financing of infrastructure projects, including, among others, electric and gas utility, water, wastewater, housing and solid waste facilities. Mr. Van Dusen acts as Bond Counsel to New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation in connection with its Revolving Fund financing programs. He has also participated as bond counsel, underwriters’ counsel and institution counsel in numerous financings for colleges, universities and other nonprofit institutions. He currently acts as special counsel to Columbia University in connection with its tax-exempt and taxable financing programs.

Mr. Van Dusen served as a member of a task force established by the New York State Bar Association Environmental Law Section which prepared a report analyzing legal impediments to privatization of municipal water and wastewater facilities and as a member of the Committee on Energy of the Bar Association of the City of New York.

Mr. Van Dusen recently served as a member of an ad hoc committee established by the National Association of Bond Lawyers which prepared comments on proposed Securities and Exchange Commission rules relating to the registration of municipal advisors.


New York State Bar Association, The Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and National Association of Bond Lawyers 

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