David F. Menz, a founding member of the firm, has worked extensively in public finance, real estate transactions, corporate law, municipal law and non-profit organizations. He received his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Notre Dame and his J.D. from Vanderbilt University.
Mr. Menz has worked on every type of public financing done in Arkansas, including financings for school districts, state agencies, institutions of higher learning, airports, general obligation and sales and use tax bonds, all municipal utilities, including water, sewer, electric and solid waste disposal, healthcare, including hospitals and retirement facilities, improvement districts, industrial development revenue bonds, and bonds for single and multi-family housing, computer systems, energy conservation systems, and 9-1-1 emergency response systems.
Mr. Menz has been involved in several innovative financings in the State of Arkansas. He was bond counsel for the property owners’ improvement district that developed and built Chenal Parkway in Little Rock, a ten-mile, four-lane, median divided road connecting Interstate 630 to Highway 10 in west Little Rock. He completed the financing for the first federally guaranteed loan to an Arkansas rural hospital. Mr. Menz has been able to extend the transmission lines of two major water utilities at no cost to the utilities by providing water to a retirement village and a major industry, each of which paid for the extensions. He works with municipalities to expand their utility systems by forming improvement districts by which the property owners who wish to join the municipal utility system finance the installation of the infrastructure. Mr. Menz represents two downtown development districts and has worked on financings for several private/public partnerships. He established and arranged the financing of a ten-county, sixteen-city regional waste management district, and oversaw the financing for the construction of two major lake water supplies. He has worked with five universities in Arkansas and Oklahoma to structure off-balance sheet financing for student and faculty housing, and documented the financing for a retirement facility for alumni and faculty for another Arkansas university. He has completed twenty Section 202 housing facilities for the elderly and disabled throughout the State of Arkansas.