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John J. Wagner


For more than 40 years, John has devoted his practice to municipal bond finance. He serves as co-chair of the firm’s national Public Finance Department, chair of the national Housing Finance Agency Practice Group, and chair of the Omaha Regional Public Finance Department.

John’s practice focuses on municipal bond financings and the programs they fund, with an emphasis on state housing finance agencies and affordable housing programs. With over four decades of experience counseling more than 40 state housing finance agencies and numerous local agencies, he has been instrumental in the development of numerous new types of housing financings and programs, both single-family and multifamily, and has been active in both federal and state legislative and regulatory processes (tax, securities laws and housing). John is a frequent lecturer concerning board member responsibilities and governance issues, as well as federal law developments affecting housing agencies, particularly securities laws.
Speaking Engagement
  • “Governance and Ethics,” National Conference of State Housing Boards, Annual Conference, 1997-2018

John has personally has been involved in over 350 governmental bond financings totaling more than $15 billion in the last decade, including single-family and multifamily bond financings, and traditional government bond financings, including financing leases.