Peter J. Whitmore
Peter J. Whitmore

Member

Phone: 303.299.8438

Fax: 303.298.0940

pwhitmore@shermanhoward.com

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Legal Secretary

Tami Knopping
303.299.8443

Areas of Emphasis

Public Finance

Banking & Financial Services

Education

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

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.

Peter 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. He is the Public Finance Practice Group Leader at Sherman & Howard.

Representative Matters
  • 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
Professional Activities

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • Colorado
  • Iowa (inactive)

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • Public Finance Practice Group Leader, Sherman & Howard
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers
    • Securities Law and Disclosure Committee
  • Colorado Municipal Bond Supervision Advisory Board Member (appointed by Governor John W. Hickenlooper)
  • Contributor, Federal Securities Laws of Municipal Bonds Deskbook, Seventh Edition (2017)

 

CIVIC ACTIVITIES

  •  Board Member, Friends of the Haven
    • Nonprofit organization dedicated to providing support to the Haven and the Baby Haven, programs of the University of Colorado School of Medicine’s Addiction Research and Treatment Service which provide residential and outpatient substance use disorder treatment to women and infants
  • Former Board Member, One Good Turn
    • Nonprofit organization operating Café 180 and Good Turn Cyle
Honors and Awards
  • Best Lawyers in America, Public Finance Law (2019-2020)
Publications and Presentations

PRESENTATIONS

  • 2016 Political Forum (panelist)
    Metro Housing Coalition, 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
  • Presenter of numerous Sherman & Howard client seminars on topics including bank loans to local governments, public finance disclosure developments and proposed ballot initiates

 

PUBLICATIONS

  • The Taxpayers Bill of Rights — Twenty Years of Litigation
    The Colorado Lawyer
    September 2013
  • Proposed Ballot Initiatives Would Mean Major Changes for Municipalities
    Colorado Municipalities
    June 2010
  • Securities and Exchange Commission Revises Continuing Disclosure Rules
    Special District Association Newsletter
    February 2009
Previous Experience
  • Law Clerk, Justice Linda K. Neuman, Iowa Supreme Court (1990-1991)
  • Law Clerk, Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge John A. Jarvey, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa (1991-1992)