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  • Southern University Law Center, J.D., 2008, cum laude, Southern University Law Review,
  • Louisiana State University, B.A. in Political Science, 2004, Delta Chi Fraternity
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  • Louisiana, 2008
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Matthew Kern
Partner
Four United Plaza
8555 United Plaza Blvd
Baton Rouge, LA 70809
225.248.2238 tel
225.248.3138 fax

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Matt Kern is a partner in the firm's Business & Commercial Transactions Practice Group. His practice focuses primarily on public finance transactions for which he serves as bond counsel to various local governmental issuers, including municipalities, special districts, port districts, and other political subdivisions. He frequently serves as bond counsel to state-level issuers including the Louisiana Local Government Environmental Facilities and Community Development Authority, the Louisiana Public Facilities Authority, the Louisiana Correctional Facilities Corporation, the Office Facilities Corporation, and the Boards governing the University of Louisiana System and the Louisiana Community and Technical College System. He also has significant experience representing national and regional investment banking firms as underwriters’ counsel, as well as other participants in public finance transactions, including serving as bank counsel, issuer’s counsel, and trustee counsel. 

Mr. Kern’s experience includes a broad range of different types of municipal securities issues including general obligation bonds, special revenue and lease revenue bonds, tax increment financing bonds, special assessment bonds, tax credit bonds, and certificates of participation. He also has experience with the creation of special districts to aid with the financing of economic development projects, drafting legislation and counseling clients with respect to pending legislation.

Mr. Kern received his juris doctor degree, cum laude, from the Southern University Law Center in 2008, and his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Louisiana State University in 2004.

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  • The Arc of Baton Rouge (Treasurer, Board Member, 2016 to date)
  • American Bar Association
  • Baton Rouge Bar Association
  • Louisiana Industrial Development Executives Association
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers