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Kutak Rock Names David Amsden Vice Chair

News | May 16, 2016


Kutak Rock announces that Atlanta, GA public finance partner David L. Amsden has been elected as the firm's new Vice Chair, effective April 1, 2016. Amsden succeeds Robert Irvin, who served in the position since 2008.

"I am greatly humbled and honored my partners have chosen me to succeed Bob after his many years of exemplary service to Kutak Rock," Amsden said. "Bob has been an incredible mentor to me, both in my practice and during our years of service together on the firm's Executive Committee. I've spent my entire career at Kutak Rock, and I look forward to the opportunity to work more closely with attorneys across the country to further Bob Kutak's legacy of excellence in legal service within our open and inclusive culture."

Irvin, who announced in 2014 that he intended to step down in May of 2016 as Vice Chair of the firm and Managing Partner of the Denver Office, after spending eight years in those posts, commented, "I've known Dave for many years. We both initially started with the firm in Omaha a couple of years apart from each other. Dave, like me, is a public finance lawyer, but more than that, he has extensive knowledge of the firm, its offices and its culture. And he also has been a very collaborative practitioner and manager. He will do a great job in the Vice Chair position going forward and, as I transition back into my full-time public finance practice, I look forward to and appreciate his leadership capabilities."

Kutak Rock Chairman David Jacobson remarks, "Dave Amsden is an excellent choice for our next Vice Chairman. Highly regarded by his colleagues in Atlanta and in other offices, Dave is committed to honoring Kutak Rock's roots and culture while reinforcing our reputation and evolving the business as we move into our second half-century." He continues, "Bob Irvin's contributions during his term were significant and helped shape the future of the firm. I enjoyed working alongside him during the eight years he served as Vice Chair." Jacobson, recently re-elected to serve another term as Chairman, has been in the position since 1996.

Amsden has served as managing partner of the firm's Atlanta office and as a member of the firm's Executive Committee since 1999. He has had a distinguished career as an Atlanta-based public finance attorney, with an emphasis on single-family housing, multifamily housing and tax allocation district finance. He currently serves as ongoing bond counsel to six state housing finance authorities and regularly represents regional and national investment banking firms in transactions for numerous state and local housing finance authorities throughout the country. Mr. Amsden has served as bond counsel and underwriter's counsel in connection with tax allocation bonds for the City of Atlanta, Georgia and regularly acts as disclosure counsel for general obligation bond issues of the State of Georgia.

Amsden joined Kutak Rock in 1982 after earning his J.D. with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.