Robert Ernst


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Robert Ernst
Rob serves as bond counsel, underwriter’s counsel and borrower’s counsel on tax-exempt and taxable transactions, with an emphasis on health care, higher education, not-for-profit and senior living sectors.

Rob represents issuers, borrowers and underwriters in a tax-exempt and taxable financings across the country, which include general obligation bonds, lease revenue and general revenue bonds, private activity bonds and commercial paper programs.  He has handled the full scope of financing matters involving public and private colleges and universities, health-care organizations, and cultural institutions.

Whether a new dormitory or hospital tower renovation, Rob enjoys seeing the tangible results of a transaction during his travels around the state and country.

Prior to joining Hawkins, Rob practiced estate planning law and worked with individuals in assisting them protect their wealth and plan for their future and the future of their families and businesses.

Professional Membership

  • National Association of Bond Lawyers




  • State University of New York at Binghamton, B.S.
  • Pace University, Lubin School of Business, M.B.A.
  • Pace University School of Law, J.D.

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • New York