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North Carolina


University of Virginia, J.D., 1978

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, A.B., 1972, Phi Beta Kappa; John Motley Morehead Scholar


Ed Lucas was instrumental in starting the firm's public finance practice in the mid-1980s and has since been involved in almost all aspects of that practice, including serving as bond counsel, underwriters' counsel, borrower counsel, bank counsel and issuer counsel for virtually all types of transactions done in North Carolina. His primary focus in recent years has been governmental and educational financings.

From 2004 through 2018, Ed was the firm's lead attorney in serving as bond counsel for approximately $11.2 billion in bonds, including transactions for the state of North Carolina, Mecklenburg and Guilford counties (the state's second and third most populous counties), Duke Energy Corp., Davidson College and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

From 2005 through 2018, he served as principal counsel in the firm's representation of underwriters in 72 bond transactions totaling approximately $4.9 billion.

Ed also has significant experience in serving as counsel to financial institutions and other parties with respect to credit enhancement, investment products and derivative products in public finance transactions.

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Professional Affiliations

  • National Association of Bond Lawyers: Bond Attorneys Workshop, Steering Committee and Opinions Panel Chair; Chairman, Committee on Opinions: principal author of NABL publication "Model Letter of Underwriters' Counsel."
  • Ed is a frequent speaker at meetings of public finance-related organizations such as the North Carolina Government Finance Officers Association.
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