Lynnette Slater Crandall
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Lynnette Slater Crandall

Partner
crandall.lynnette@dorsey.com
Minneapolis P +1 (612) 343-8288 F +1 (612) 545-1201 New York P +1 (212) 415-9200

Overview

LYNNETTE IS A LEADING EXPERT ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TOOLS AND PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS.

Co-Chair of Dorsey's Public-Private Partnerships practice group, member of the Public Finance and Legislative practice groups, and Chair of the Political Law subgroup, Lynnette’s experience working in the public and private sectors has given her unique insight into spotting the business needs of her clients, and helping to bridge the communication gap that often occurs between corporate and governmental entities. As a lobbyist, Lynnette understands the political sensitivities that almost always surround large, high-profile public-private partnerships. Her practice involves assisting clients with not only the legal intricacies of complex development projects and bond financings, but also the strategies to address the related business and political challenges. Lynnette’s Public-Private Partnerships practice includes some of the most innovative public-private development projects in the region and the country. Financing strategies include tax increment, tax abatement, value-capture, tax and jobs credits, redevelopment/assessment zones and districts, federal/state/local grant and loan programs, and tax-exempt and tax-favored bonds and notes, among others. Lynnette represents government entities, private owners and tenants, and investors and lenders in negotiating development agreements, leases, loan and grant agreements, naming and sponsorship rights agreements, and related documents. Lynnette’s Public Finance practice includes acting as bond counsel, underwriter's counsel, issuer's counsel and borrower's counsel in traditional state and municipal financings, industrial development bond financings, health care financings, and economic development financings; as well as drafting and advocating legislation relating to municipal finance. Financings range from tax-exempt, to taxable, to tax credit and other tax-favored obligations. Her Legislative practice includes advocacy for a wide variety of clients in regulatory and legislative matters with state agencies and legislatures, cities and counties, and special purpose governmental entities. Lynnette’s Political Law practice includes advising for-profit and not-for-profit corporations, trade associations, candidates and committees on state and federal campaign finance and election laws, lobbyist regulations, political action committee formation and compliance, ballot initiatives, pay-to-play restrictions, government ethics and gift ban laws, and related political law matters.

Education & Admissions

University of Iowa (B.A., Journalism & Mass Communications with Political Science emphasis, 1991)

William Mitchell College of Law (J.D., 2000), magna cum laude, William Mitchell Law Review

Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • Only admitted in Minnesota

Experience

Representative Work

Representative Engagements
  • Counsel to the Minnesota Sports Facility Authority, the public entity that will own and operate the $1 billion plus People’s Stadium, which will serve as the future home of the Minnesota Vikings.
  • Counsel to Mayo Clinic in the passage of the Destination Medical Center (DMC) legislation signed into law in May 2013 as part of the omnibus tax bill. DMC will help fund the public infrastructure required to keep pace with an estimated $5 billion in private investment by Mayo Clinic and other private entities over the next 20 years, all aimed at securing Rochester’s and Minnesota’s position as a global medical destination.
  • Bond counsel to Hennepin County, issuer of over $350 million tax-exempt bonds to finance Target Field, the major league baseball stadium of the Minnesota Twins. Bonds were issued under a Master Indenture in several tranches and both fixed and variable rate series.
  • Counsel to County, Regional Rail Authority and Housing and Redevelopment Authority for Target Field Station, a private development-oriented, multi-modal transit hub.
  • Counsel to joint venture Transit Improvement Board, which funds urban transit infrastructure improvements, including light rail and commuter rail, on a multi-jurisdictional basis.
  • Underwriter's counsel on Recovery Zone Facility Revenue Bonds issued to finance the Radisson Blu Mall of America hotel facility in connection with taxable corporate debt financing.
  • Bond counsel to the State of Minnesota in a $600,000,000 General Obligation Certificates of Indebtedness (Line of Credit) for cash flow borrowing needs.
  • Counsel to various clients on innovative appropriation bond and lease revenue note financings, including a national investment banking firm on $656,220,000 General Fund Appropriation Bonds issued by the State of Minnesota to refinance a higher-cost tobacco securitization.

Industries & Practices

  • Legislative
  • Non-Profit & Tax Exempt Organizations
  • Public Finance
  • Public-Private Partnerships

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • University of Minnesota Law School, Adjunct Professor
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers, Bond Attorneys Workshop Steering Committee Member
  • Minnesota Women in Public Finance, Founding Member
  • Minnesota Institute of Public Finance, Board Member
  • Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce, Board Member
  • Economic Development Association of Minnesota
  • Minnesota Government Relations Council
  • Minnesota & Hennepin County Bar Associations
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers
  • National Association of Women Lawyers
  • American Bar Association

Accolades

  • Named a "Top Woman in Business" by Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal
  • Named a "Top Woman in Finance" by Finance & Commerce
  • Listed as a "Rising Star" by Minnesota Super Lawyers
  • Hubert H. Humphrey Public Policy Fellow
Lynnette Slater Crandall