Duncan Burke
Duncan Burke

Associate

Phone: 775.784.0202

Fax: 775.323.2339

dburke@shermanhoward.com

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Legal Secretary

Barbara Salinas
775.784.0230

Areas of Emphasis

Public Finance

Education

  • Juris Doctor, University of Virginia School of Law, 2013
    • Executive Editor, Virginia Tax Review
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Philosophy, magna cum laude, University of Nevada, Reno, 2008

Duncan Burke represents state and local governments, special districts, and other political subdivisions, as well as underwriters and lenders, in public finance transactions.

He has served as bond counsel, as special counsel for disclosure, and as underwriters’ counsel in a broad variety of financing transactions, including general obligation financings, revenue-backed financings, assessment financings, sales tax revenue financings, tax increment financings, certificates of participation, and bond anticipation notes.

Duncan represents governmental entities in public finance transactions throughout Nevada, providing legal guidance and helping them facilitate the tax-exempt financings of infrastructure projects such as schools, roads, convention centers, single-family housing projects, and water, wastewater treatment, and sewer systems. He also assists government entities in navigating SEC and Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board rules and regulations. Additionally, Duncan advises on legislative law, election law, and constitutional law issues, and on a host of economic development matters.

Representative Matters
  • Served as bond and disclosure counsel to counties and cities in connection with the issuance of more than $1 billion in obligations for transportation, parks, building, water, and flood prevention-related improvements.
  • Served as bond and disclosure counsel to school districts in connection with the issuance of more than $500 million in obligations for capital projects.
  • Helped draft ballot language and guide political-subdivision client through election process.
Professional Activities
  • Admitted Nevada, 2013
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers
  • Washoe County Bar Association
  • Reno Contemporaries, Council Member
  • Washoe County Bar Association
  • State Bar of Nevada Young Lawyers Section
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Howard D. McKibben, United States District Court for the District of Nevada, 2014-2015
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Lidia S. Stiglich, Second Judicial District Court of Nevada, 2013-2014
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Janet J. Berry, Second Judicial District Court of Nevada, 2013