Interviews with NABL Members from NABL News
Member Spotlight: Brandon M. Lofton, Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A., Charlotte, NC
Tell us a little about yourself - your family, your hobbies, etc...
I was born in Philadelphia, but moved to Jacksonville, North Carolina at an early age when my stepdad enlisted in the Marines. I went to UNC Chapel Hill for undergrad, where I won my wife’s heart with my (not so) smooth Michael Jackson impersonations. We got married when I was in law school at NYU and she was with an accounting firm in Atlanta. After law school, we moved to Charlotte and had two wonderful boys, now ages 6 and 8. When I’m not practicing law, or teaching my sons the moonwalk, I like to read (mostly presidential biographies). I also enjoy volunteering with a number of community organizations and initiatives in Charlotte.
What first interested you in law?
I’ve wanted to be a lawyer since childhood. I was in awe of the idea that the law could be used for change. I began my career litigating on behalf of clients in employment and civil rights matters. I also had the opportunity to work on a couple of transactions and became fascinated by the role of the law in transactions and how those transactions brought projects to life.
What was the best career advice anyone ever gave you?
Several people, at various stages of my life, stressed the importance of developing relationships with good mentors. Through the years I have been blessed to have had amazing mentors and I continue to benefit from their experience and guidance.
How (and when) were you first introduced to NABL?
In 2007, I joined Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A. after practicing as a litigator with another law firm. I became a part of the firm’s public finance practice and was encouraged by Allen Robertson and Ed Lucas to attend a NABL Fundamentals workshop. Since that first workshop, I have attended the Bond Attorneys Workshop each year and, with Allen Robertson’s encouragement, have more recently become involved with the Diversity Committee.
How has your participation and membership in NABL been of value to you and your practice?
I have benefited immensely from my participation and membership in NABL. The workshop panels, conference calls and NABL alerts help to keep me informed of current developments and issues. I have also enjoyed developing relationships with bond lawyers from across the country.
As the current Chair of NABL’s Diversity Committee, what do you think NABL could do to encourage more diversity in the industry?
Under the leadership of NABL President, Antonio Martini, the Diversity Committee is engaged in a number of initiatives. The Diversity Committee is in the process of gathering data regarding NABL’s membership in an effort to better understand the needs and experiences of NABL’s diverse members. Better understanding these needs and experiences will enhance NABL’s ability to support its diverse members and encourage increased involvement in NABL. The Diversity Committee is also working to expand outreach efforts to diverse NABL members. These initiatives hope to increase participation of diverse members within NABL and, ultimately, encourage more diversity in the industry as a whole.
From the questionnaire made famous by Bernard Pivot and James Lipton, “What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?”
I’d love to be able to write a novel. I’ve always enjoyed a good story and would love to be able to write one.