Robert E. Josten
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Robert E. Josten

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josten.robert@dorsey.com

Overview

FOR NEARLY 40 YEARS, BOB HAS PROVIDED LEGAL ADVICE AND COUNSEL TO CITY AND COUNTY OFFICIALS RELATED TO THE ISSUANCE OF TAX EXEMPT MUNICIPAL BONDS USED TO FINANCE PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS.
In addition to his expertise in the field of tax exempt bonds, Bob has emphasized the importance of using various local government tools and incentives that promote private economic development projects. He has provided advice to members of the Iowa General Assembly in drafting and revising state laws that impact economic development, including urban renewal and tax increment financing, property tax abatement and exemptions and special taxing districts.
Bob is a frequent speaker at conferences of local government and economic development officials.

Education & Admissions

Morningside College (B.A., 1964), magna cum laude

George Washington University Law School (J.D., 1969)

Admissions

  • Iowa

Experience

  • Served as bond counsel to city related to providing incentives for $2 billion investment and development by Facebook.
  • Served as bond counsel to city related to issuance of $50 million in Urban Renewal Tax Increment Revenue bonds related to construction of a Bass Pro Shops facility.
  • Served as bond counsel to three counties in connection with financing for $1.5 billion fertilizer plants.
  • Have developed practice such that Des Moines office has served as bond counsel to nearly one-half of the 940 cities in the State of Iowa and to nearly two-thirds of the 99 counties.
  • Helped draft legislation and assisted several dozen cities establish Self-Supported Municipal Improvement Districts.
  • Assisted in creating process by which counties can collect property taxes from wind turbine projects to be used to finance county road improvements.
  • Assisted several cities and counties in providing local incentives for the location of casinos.

News & Resources

Events & Speaking Engagements

Iowa SMART Economic Development Conference: Local Government Financial Incentives for Private Development
Webinar Playback: Des Moines Public Finance: Annual Training Regarding Municipal Securities Disclosure
Webinar Playback: Annual Training Regarding Municipal Securities Disclosure
Des Moines Public Finance Group Webinar: Annual Training Regarding Municipal Securities Disclosure

Select Presentations

  • Featured speaker at annual economic development conference sponsored by Iowa Department of Economic Development, 2005-2015.

Industries & Practices

  • Development & Infrastructure
  • Public Finance
  • Public-Private Partnerships

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • Member, Iowa State Bar Association
  • Member, Iowa Municipal Attorneys Association
  • Member, National Association of Bond Lawyers
  • Member, Professional Developers of Iowa
  • Former chair, Des Moines Arts Festival

Accolades

  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America©, 2003-2020; Selected "Lawyer of the Year - Public Finance Law" Best Lawyers©, Des Moines, Iowa, 2012 and 2020
Robert E. Josten