Bob Whalen, currently the mayor of Laguna Beach, has been a public finance specialist for more than 30 years, accumulating extensive experience acting as bond counsel, disclosure counsel, and underwriter’s counsel in connection with municipal financings.
He specializes in bond work for State and local agencies, including school districts, counties, cities and water districts. He assists them in financing a wide variety of public infrastructure projects. He also represents both public agencies and investment banks in connection with disclosure issues related to public financings.
Whalen is a shareholder with Stradling Yocca Carlson and Rauth and is a member of the law firm’s board of directors.
His areas of expertise include land-secured financings, lease financings, general obligation bond financings, pension bond financing, and multi-family housing financings.
Whalen is a frequent speaker on municipal finance issues at industry conferences and conferences sponsored by the California Debt and Investment Advisory Commission. He also speaks on the subject at the University of California, Los Angeles Extension Program and the University of California, Davis Extension Program.
He has also been a member of the Board of Education of the Laguna Beach Unified School District since 1997.
After graduating from Harvard College, Mr. Whalen obtained his law degree from the Boalt Hall School of Law at University of California, Berkeley.