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Sarah R. Sandy

Sarah serves as general counsel to community development districts across the State of Florida, counseling on matters ranging from infrastructure financing, land development, and local government law.
Sarah’s practice also focuses on the intricate financial issues that drive special taxing districts. She works hand-in-hand with issuers and underwriters of municipal bonds (public and private placement) on securities and disclosure law issues in the capacities of disclosure and underwriter’s counsel.
Education
  • University of Florida, Levin College of Law, LL.M. in Taxation
  • Stetson University College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude
  • Florida State University, B.A., History and Political Science
Bar & Court Admissions
  • Florida
Professional Affiliations
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers, Member, 2017-present
  • Women in Public Finance, Member, Mentorship Committee, 2019-present
  • Women in Public Finance, Chair, Software Selection Subcommittee, 2019-present
  • Tallahassee Bar Association, Member, 2013-present
  • Tallahassee Bar Association, Young Lawyer Section, Treasurer, 2016-2018
  • Tallahassee Bar Association, Young Lawyer Section, Member of Board of Directors, 2013-2018
Community Involvement
  • Leon County Teen Court, Volunteer Judge, 2013-2018
Awards & Recognition
  • Listed in the annual publication of The Florida Super Lawyers, "Rising Star" 2020 edition
Legal Experience
Serves as general counsel to a number of community development districts, providing counsel on matters relating to infrastructure financing, land development, and local government law
Counsels special taxing districts and underwriters on disclosure matters for tax-exempt financings.
Counsels landowners and developers on matters concerning the financing and construction of public infrastructure necessary for the development of large-scale residential, commercial and mixed-use projects, including representation before local governments in relation to the establishment of community development districts.
Former intern to the Honorable Thomas G. Wilson of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida.
Publications & Presentations
Community Development Districts as Creditors: The Role of Separation of Powers in Protecting the District’s Fiscal Sovereignty, 45 STETSON L. REV. 377 (2016) (co-author with Erin Tilton)
Florida National Gas Association Symposium  & Expo, Accessibility on the Web (Title II & Title III ADA Website Accessibility Compliance) -Presenter (June 2019)
Significant Transactions
Representation of the underwriter in connection with the issuance of $17,000,000 Lakeshore Villages Master Community Development District (Parish of St. Tammany, Louisiana) Special Assessment Revenue Bonds, Series 2019 (closed October 2019)
Representation of the issuer in connection with the issuance of $18,200,000 Harbor Bay Community Development District (Hillsborough County, Florida) Capital Improvement Revenue Bonds, Series 2019A-1 (closed August 2019)
Representation of the issuer in connection with the issuance of $9,975,000 Harbor Bay Community Development District (Hillsborough County, Florida) Capital Improvement Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2019A-2 (closed August 2019)
Representation of the underwriter in connection with the issuance of $9,625,000 Paseo Community Development District (City of Fort Myers, Florida) Capital Improvement Revenues Refunding Bonds, Series 2018 (closed November 2018)
Representation of the issuer in connection with the issuance of $19,610,000 Capital Region Community Development District (Leon County, Florida) Capital Improvement Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2018A-1 and Series 2018A-2 (closed March 2018)
Representation of the issuer in connection with the issuance of $2,20,000 Osceola Chain of Lakes Community Development District (Osceola County, Florida) Capital Improvement Revenue Bonds, Series 2018 (closed February 2018)
Disclosure Counsel representation of the issuer in connection with the issuance of $13,995,000 West Villages Improvement District Florida State Sales Tax Payments Revenue Bonds (Atlanta Braves Spring Training Facility), Series 2017A (closed December 2017)
Disclosure Counsel representation of the issuer in connection with the issuance of $10,765,000 Rivers Edge Community Development District (St. Johns County, Florida) Capital Improvement Revenue and Refunding Bonds, Series 2016 (closed October 2016)
Representation of the issuer in connection with the issuance of $15,550,000 Live Oak Lake Community Development District (Osceola County, Florida) Capital Improvement Revenue Bonds, Series 2016 (closed August 2016)
Representation of the indenture trustee in connection with an agreed-upon restructuring and exchange of defaulted bonds for $30,710,000 Reunion East Community Development District (Osceola County, Florida) Special Assessment Refunding Bonds, Series 2015 (closed May 2015)
Representation of the indenture trustee in connection with an agreed-upon restructuring and exchange of defaulted bonds for $34,495,000 South Bay Community Development District (Hillsborough County, Florida) Capital Improvement Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2015 (closed March 2015)
Representation of the underwriter in connection with the issuance of $9,055,000 Randal Park Community Development District (City of Orlando, Florida) Special Assessment Revenue Bonds, Series 2015 (closed March 2015)
Representation of the issuer in connection with the issuance of $9,855,000 Capital Region Community Development District (Leon County, Florida) Capital Improvement Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2013 (Closed December 2013)
In the News
Aug 17, 2020
2020 Florida Super Lawyers Recognizes eleven HGS Attorneys
Sarah Sandy mentioned
Mar 8, 2019
HGS attorneys assume leadership positions in local Bar
Sarah Sandy mentioned