Peter J. Whitmore


Denver, Colorado

Phone: 303.299.8438

Fax: 303.298.0940

Areas Of Emphasis


  • LL.M. in Taxation, University of Denver, 1999
  • Juris Doctor, University of Iowa College of Law, 1990
    • with Distinction
    • Editorial Board, Journal of Corporation Law
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Iowa, 1987
    • with Honors

Peter Whitmore has decades of experience handling complex public finance transactions for a diverse clientele.

He advises on governmental bonds of all types with a primary focus on state law and disclosure law issues pertaining to the issuance of tax-exempt debt by state and local governments.

Peter represents cities, towns, counties, special districts, urban renewal authorities, public improvement authorities, underwriters, banks, and other participants in public finance transactions, with particular emphasis on financings for special taxing districts, authorities, cities, and school districts. His experience includes general obligation bonds (limited tax and unlimited tax), water and wastewater revenue bonds, sales tax bonds, other special revenue bonds such as fuel tax and device tax bonds, special assessment bonds, tax increment bonds, and lease purchase transactions.

He has advised on a wide variety of public infrastructure projects, primarily focused in Colorado and Nevada, with additional experience in New Mexico, Missouri, and other states. These projects include streets, highways, water improvements, sanitary sewer improvements, and park and recreation improvements for retail and office commercial developments, residential developments, mountain gaming districts, and ski resort base areas. He also has experience with financings for other public projects such as county detention facilities, town halls, fire stations, and education projects such as public schools and administration buildings, colleges, and universities.

Peter was appointed by Governor John W. Hickenlooper to the Colorado Municipal Bond Supervision Advisory Board and is an active member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers.


  • Represents regional, national, and international banks in connection with loans to, and leases with, a variety of Colorado local governments and government entities, including cities, school districts, urban renewal authorities, and special taxing districts.
  • Serves as special disclosure counsel to Colorado and Nevada local governments, government authorities, water and sanitation districts, school districts, cities, counties, and special taxing districts in bond financings.
  • Represents bond underwriters and private placement agents in Colorado special taxing district financings.

Publications & Presentations




  • 2022 Piper Sandler & Co. Special District Conference(panelist)
    Denver, Colorado | May 5, 2022
  • Presenter of numerous Sherman & Howard client seminars on topics including bank loans to local governments, public finance disclosure developments and proposed ballot initiates.
  • Metro Housing Coalition’s 2016 Political Forum (panelist)
    Highlands Ranch, Colorado | September 28, 2016
  • New SEC Rules (panelist)
    Colorado Municipal League Annual Seminar on Municipal Law, Colorado Springs, Colorado | October 11, 2014
  • Current Trends in Special District Finance
    Special District Association Annual Conference, Keystone, Colorado | September 12, 2014
  • Debt Issuance 101
    Public Finance Options for Development and Redevelopment in Colorado: Continuing Legal Education Conference | October 2, 2012
  • How to Survive an Audit of Your Municipal Bonds by the IRS
    Special District Association Annual Conference, Keystone, Colorado | September 19, 2012
  • Proposed Constitutional Ballot Initiatives
    Special District Association Annual Conference, Keystone, Colorado | September 23, 2010
  • Statewide Ballot 2010: Municipal Finance Implications
    Colorado Municipal League Annual Conference, Breckenridge, Colorado | June 24, 2010
  • Selected Municipal Law Topics
    Colorado Bar Association, Real Estate Section Meeting | September 11, 2008

Professional Activities

  •  National Association of Bond Lawyers
    • Securities Law and Disclosure Committee
  • Contributor, Federal Securities Laws of Municipal Bonds Deskbook, Seventh Edition (2017)
  • Public Finance Practice Group Leader, Sherman & Howard (2003-11 and 2020-21)
  • Appointed by Governor John W. Hickenlooper to the Colorado Municipal Bond Supervision Advisory Board for a 4-year term (2017-21)



  • Former Board Member, One Good Turn
  • Former Board Member, Friends of the Haven


  • Best Lawyers in America, Public Finance Law, Denver (2019-2024)
  • Law Clerk, Justice Linda K. Neuman, Iowa Supreme Court (1990-91)
  • Law Clerk, Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge John A. Jarvey, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa (1991-92)