Gregory W. Stype is a partner in the Columbus office of Barnes & Thornburg, where he is a member of the Government Services and Finance Department. For more than 35 years, he has devoted his practice to public and infrastructure finance and economic development.
Greg served as counsel to bond financing commissions and offices, as well as counties, municipalities and other local entities, new community authorities and other special districts. He has served as lead bond counsel on financings totaling billions of dollars for Ohio infrastructure projects, including the full range of toll and other project revenue, subject to appropriation and lease-purchase, and general obligation and other tax supported financings for transportation and other state and local infrastructure.
Greg also counsels clients on public-private partnerships for residential and commercial development and redevelopment projects. His experience covers the full range of economic development tax increment financing programs and related tax incentives. He is familiar with public and private sector client perspectives, as well as legal sensitivities of the financial markets.
Greg also advises on state constitutional and statutory issues relating to infrastructure financing and economic development, including debt, appropriation and lending of aid and credit restrictions, and the exceptions to each. He combines his experience working on public and infrastructure finance transactions and economic development with his two years of service at the Ohio Legislative Service Commission to draft constitutional amendments and public finance and economic development legislation.
He served as general and bond counsel to Ohio's first 'new community authority' created as a public/private partnership to support major new real estate development project. He has since been engaged to create and counsel more than a dozen new community authorities to support the development and redevelopment of more than 10,000 acres.
Greg is a member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers (NABL) and has been named a Fellow of the American College of Bond Counsel. He is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell. He has appeared on the annual Ohio Super Lawyers list since 2010 and has been listed among The Best Lawyers in America since 2006. Greg was named on the Best Lawyers' Lawyer of the Year list in 2016 for his work in corporate law and was recognized by his peers as a 2020 Lawyer of the Year in Public Finance Law in Columbus. Greg has served since 2018 as a member of the Ohio Council of Uniform State Laws and as an Ohio Commissioner to the National Conference of Commissioners of Uniform State Laws. Greg is also a member of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI).
In 1982, Greg received his J.D., cum laude, from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, after graduating with a B.A. in Urban Studies from The College of Wooster in 1977.
Greg is admitted to practice in the state of Ohio.
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