Howard    Zucker

Partner

Office:   New York
Phone:   212-820-9362
Fax:   212-820-9354
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Education
Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, B.S. Economics, summa cum laude (Beta Gamma Sigma)
University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D. 

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Mr. Zucker joined Hawkins Delafield & Wood LLP in 1977 as an associate and became a member of the Firm in January 1985, and has been a member of the Firm's Management Committee since 1991. He is a Past President of the 3,000-member National Association of Bond Lawyers (“NABL”), ending his term in September 2000, whereupon The Bond Buyer wrote he was stepping down “with kudos from regulators and other market participants for dramatically changing the character of NABL and propelling it into a major leadership role in the municipal market.” Mr. Zucker received in 2007 the Career Achievement Award from The Municipal Forum of New York, an organization started in 1938, the membership of which includes all sectors of public finance, including public officials, investment bankers and attorneys. He was awarded the Friel Medal by NABL in 2012 for Distinguished Service in Public Finance. Mr. Zucker was chosen by The Bond Buyer to chair its inaugural National Public Finance Conference in December 2001, its Tri-State/New York Public Finance Conferences in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 and its first three National Outlook Conferences, in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Mr. Zucker has been selected for three years as one of the 500 leading lawyers from over 1.1 million lawyers by Lawdragon magazine, which wrote “[t]his housing heavyweight is at home leading the nation’s premier bond boutique.” He was selected as one of 500 leading lawyer-dealmakers in the nation by a legal industry publication. He has also been included for several years in the “Best Lawyers in America” survey and in Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who in the World. Mr. Zucker was selected as 2013 and as 2017 “Lawyer of the Year” in Public Finance Law, having received the highest voting average during Best Lawyers' comprehensive peer-review evaluation. He is a Trustee of the Citizens Budget Commission.

Mr. Zucker has over 39 years’ experience in housing finance. He is currently in charge of the Firm's housing and mortgage finance practice group. He is the co-author, along with Joseph P. Rogers, Jr., of ABCs of Housing Bonds (first published in 1985, now in its Fifth Edition). He was selected to be the first Chairman of the Bond Finance Practice Division of the Forum of Affordable Housing and Community Development Law of the American Bar Association (“ABA”). He chaired the Single Family Bond Workshops of NABL for five years. Mr. Zucker was for two years the Chairman of the Public Finance Committee of the State and Local Government Law Section of the ABA and prior thereto was the Chairman of its Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee. He is a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

Mr. Zucker currently is in charge of the Firm's representation in connection with several state housing finance agencies, including State of New York Mortgage Agency, California Housing Finance Agency, Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, Michigan State Housing Development Authority, and Oregon Housing and Community Services Department. Mr. Zucker has also been a leader in the securitization of tobacco settlement payments.

Mr. Zucker has lectured extensively on the subjects of tax-exempt housing finance, securities law and ethics. Mr. Zucker is a member of the bar of the State of New York.

Memberships

National Association of Bond Lawyers (Past President), American Bar Association (Sustaining Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation), New York State Bar Association, and The Association of the Bar of the City of New York

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