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Janet Goelz Hoffman

Partner
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Chicago Office
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Overview

Janet Goelz Hoffman concentrates her practice on the use of financial products in the public finance markets. She regularly acts as bond counsel, underwriter's counsel, borrower's counsel or credit enhancer's counsel in financings for nonprofit organizations including hospital systems, cultural and educational institutions, and continuing care retirement communities. She also advises nonprofit organizations on board governance and conflict of interest issues.

Some of the more unusual financings Janet has been involved in include capital financings for a college dorm sponsored by three universities, a well-established opera company, a major contemporary art museum, several Indian-affiliated corporations and an urban public radio station. In the health care sector, Janet has handled several financings (both taxable and tax-exempt) for physician groups, numerous financings that established major health care systems, and capital financings for children's, rehabilitation and other specialty hospitals. She has completed health care financings that enabled a hospital to withdraw from a religiously affiliated health care system, substituting its own debt, and facilitated the purchase of a for-profit hospital and its conversion to nonprofit status.

Janet has been involved in a variety of continuing care retirement community financings, including many start-up continuing care retirement communities, workouts of failing retirement communities, and the first variable-rate, credit-enhanced financing for continuing care retirement communities done in the country. Her work with educational and research institutions has included several major capital financings for a regional cancer research center and many financings for colleges, universities, and private and charter schools.

In addition, Janet is extremely active in community organizations. She is the chair of the board of directors of the Leslie Shankman School Corporation that owns and operates the Hyde Park Day School and the Sonia Shankman Orthogenic School. She is also a member of the board of directors of Three Crowns Foundation, which supports Three Crowns Park, a 125-year-old retirement community (chair, 2012–2013), and the Foundation for the Educational Development of Children. She has served on the team that successfully negotiated a new electricity franchise with Commonwealth Edison on behalf of the City of Evanston, Illinois.

Janet is a frequent panelist at the National Association of Bond Lawyers Bond Attorneys' Workshop and annually contributes to Financial Products: Taxation, Regulation and Design (CCH) with respect to municipal securities. She also wrote the chapter "Keys to Public Finance Success" in Winning Legal Strategies for Public Finance Lawyers: Leading Lawyers on Government Debt, State Law, and Federal Tax (Aspatore Books, 2005).

Shown below is a selection of Janet Goelz’s engagements.

Recognition

Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year 2012 - Janet Goelz Hoffman - Public Finance, 2012
Best Lawyers in America, 2006–2019
Super Lawyers, 2009–2018

American College of Bond Counsel

American College of Bond Counsel, Fellow

Leading Lawyers Network

Leading Lawyers Network, Top 10 Public Finance Lawyers, 2015; Top 100 Real Estate-Related Lawyers, 2015; Top 100 Women Real Estate-Related Lawyers, 2015
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Janet Goelz  Hoffman

Education

  • JD, Northwestern University School of Law
  • BA, Lake Forest College

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois

Court Admissions

  • US Tax Court

Recognition

Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year 2012 - Janet Goelz Hoffman - Public Finance
2012
Best Lawyers in America
2006–2019
Super Lawyers
2009–2018

American College of Bond Counsel

Fellow

Leading Lawyers Network

Top 10 Public Finance Lawyers, 2015; Top 100 Real Estate-Related Lawyers, 2015; Top 100 Women Real Estate-Related Lawyers, 2015
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Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Leslie Shankman School Corporation, Chair, Board of Directors
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers
  • Three Crowns Foundation, Board of Directors
  • Foundation for the Educational Development of Children, Board of Directors
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