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David B. VanSickel


David is a senior shareholder of the Davis Brown Law Firm in the Business Division. He has a general practice in, but not limited to, Public Finance.


David has been primarily involved in providing advice as bond counsel to the State of Iowa and its various agencies, instrumentalities and political subdivisions with respect to all types of public finance. He has acted as underwriter's counsel on a variety of different  types of financing involving state and local governments. He has also acted as bond counsel to the Iowa Finance Authority in connection with its Underground Storage Tank program and in connection with the issuance of revenue bonds under the Finance Authority's Correctional Facility program. In addition, he has acted as issuer's counsel and bank counsel for a variety of different types of financing.


His work as bond and underwriter's counsel has included work on financing for many types of public programs and facilities, as well as projects for a number of 501(c)(3) entities and other private borrowers.


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  • David has acted as bond counsel for the State of Iowa in connection with its issuance of over $5.0 billion of Tax and Revenue Anticipation Notes over the past 25 years. 
  • He has been involved with the Iowa Higher Education Loan Authority (IHELA) since its inception and has been part of the finance team on each of the issues which IHELA has undertaken (over 200 issues aggregating more than $1.4 billion of bonds). 
  • David also acts as bond counsel to Des Moines Area Community College and has been involved in each of DMACCs tax-exempt and taxable financings (more than 60 separate issues) over the past 27 years.