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    John Stump concentrates his practice in the areas of municipal bonds, project finance, economic development and utility regulation. Mr. Stump's experience includes significant involvement in tax-exempt and taxable bond issues of all types, a variety of economic development projects, and providing legal representation to utilities, financial institutions, and municipal and other public bodies. 

    Mr. Stump has extensive experience as bond counsel, underwriter's counsel, and issuer's counsel for tax-exempt and taxable bond issues for public works of state agencies, counties, municipalities, and public service districts, as well as conduit financings for 501(c)(3) corporations, private educational institutions, and industrial development projects.

    Mr. Stump has represented a number of companies, ranging from Fortune 500 international conglomerates to privately held start-ups, in the negotiation and identification of state economic development incentive packages.  He has negotiated, and implemented, all types of development incentives, including Tax Increment Financing, Economic Opportunity Districts and Tourism Development Credits. 

    Mr. Stump regularly represents utilities before regulatory agencies.  His experience includes testifying as an expert witness before regulatory agencies on project financing issues.

    Memberships & Awards

    Peer Review Rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell
    Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers for Business
    Best Lawyers® 2021 Charleston, WV Government Relations Practice, Lawyer of the Year
    Best Lawyers® 2019 Charleston, WV Project Finance Law, Lawyer of the Year
    Best Lawyers® 2015 Charleston, WV Government Relations Practice, Lawyer of the Year
    The Best Lawyers in America®
    National Association of Bond Lawyers

    Key Experience

    Served as bond counsel for a tax increment financing private placement bond issue to finance public infrastructure costs associated with an 800 unit high-end residential and commercial community
    Represented a start-up public utility in the acquisition of a 2,000 customer private utility serving a resort community
    Represented a fiber optic cable not-for-profit utility to provide ultra-high speed broadband access to over 50,000 customers

    Work Experience

    1993 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

    Speaking Engagements

    Mr. Stump presents at conferences on topics such as public finance, economic development, and legislative issues to audiences, including utility trade associations, municipal leagues, economic development organizations and utility groups.