For over 29 years, Laurie has served as bond counsel and underwriters’ counsel on a broad range of public finance transactions for a diverse group of issuers and investment banks, including participating as bond counsel for the past 20 years in several financings annually for one of the largest issuers of public debt in the country. In recent years, Laurie’s practice has been largely concentrated in the health care, higher education and housing sectors.

Laurie has practiced public finance law for over 29 years and joined Hawkins in 1998 as an associate.  She became a counsel of the firm in 2004.

Laurie has primary responsibility for the Firm’s Connecticut general obligation practice.  Laurie also has extensive experience as bond counsel and underwriters’ counsel in various types of general obligation, project and system financings by or through state and local governments and public authorities throughout the United States, with particular concentration in New England and New York.

Laurie has participated in a wide array of revenue and general obligation financings, including financings for health care institutions; educational facilities; wastewater, solid waste and water supply facilities; tobacco securitization; industrial and economic development projects; transportation projects and multi-family and special needs housing.  Laurie’s experience includes fixed rate, variable rate and multi-modal financings and she has represented issuers in both public offerings and private placements.

In addition to service as bond counsel and underwriters’ counsel, Laurie has also represented municipalities and special-purpose entities in Connecticut and Rhode Island on non-financing matters, including regulatory ordinances, charter revisions, election laws and construction contracts, land sales, water and sewer assessments, tax matters and representation before the Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission.

Professional Memberships

  • National Association of Bond Lawyers
  • Government Finance Officers Association of Connecticut
  • New England States Government Finance Officers Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Rhode Island Bar Association