Member Spotlights

Interviews with NABL Members from NABL News

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Marybeth Orsini, Ballard Spahr LLP, Baltimore, MD

1. Tell us something unique about yourself…(interests, hobbies, family, etc.)
My undergraduate degree is in biotechnology, and I went into law school thinking that I would practice in health law. After taking some health law classes, I determined that it was not the area for me. However, I had started taking tax classes and enjoyed them, which led me to get my LL.M. in tax. 

2. What inspired you to start a career in public finance?
I landed in Public Finance coincidentally. The firm I joined after graduation was looking to add a tax person to their Public Finance and Economic Development Practice Group and that’s where I ended up. I have enjoyed practicing in public finance, so I am glad that my career landed me in this area.

3. As Chair of The Institute: Hybrid 2022, what are you looking forward to the most?
Seeing folks in person again! While NABL has done a great job transitioning to virtual platforms for recent conferences, the ability for practitioners to meet again in person will be a great benefit.

4. What recent trends and issues will be covered at The Institute that will be of interest to NABL members?
Among other topics, The Institute will include timely in-depth discussions on tender offers and exchanges, current disclosure and enforcement trends, and the new categories of exempt facility bonds that were included in the recent infrastructure law.

5. In the past, how did attending The Institute bring value back to your practice?
The Institute has provided me with the opportunity to meet other bond practitioners from around the country and to delve into timely issues with those practitioners, both at The Institute and otherwise.

6. What do you remember most about attending your first Institute (TSLI)?
The first TSLI I attended was the 2011 conference at a resort outside of Austin, Texas. In addition to the substantive discussions surrounding BABs and qualified tax credits bonds, I remember toasting marshmallows at the fire pits at the resort with other TSLI attendees because the resort gave out s’more kits to guests.


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