James E. Spiotto is a Managing Director of Chapman Strategic Advisors LLC, the consulting subsidiary of Chapman and Cutler LLP.� Prior to retiring as a partner in the law firm of Chapman and Cutler LLP, he represented issuers, indenture trustees, bondholders, banks, insurance companies, institutional investors and funds in litigation, bankruptcy or workouts of more than 400 troubled debt financings in more than 35 different states and in foreign countries as well.� Mr. Spiotto represented clients in the resolution of troubled state and local debt financings, most recently in the Sierra Kings Health Care District, Jefferson County, Alabama and Mendocino Coast Health Care District Chapter 9 cases and has testified before the United States Senate and House Judiciary Committees in conjunction with the amendments to the Bankruptcy Code involving municipal bankruptcy.� He is a past president of the Society of Municipal Analysts and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Civic Federation of Chicago.� He is the author of Municipalities in Distress? available from Amazon.com and Primer on Municipal Debt Adjustment.� He has written numerous articles on municipal defaults and bankruptcy, and he is a co-author of the treatise The Law of State and Local Government Debt Financing (Thompson West) and author of chapters on municipal defaults and bankruptcy in The Handbook of Municipal Bonds, Sylvan Feldstein and Fran Fabozzi, editors, and on financial emergencies in the Oxford Handbook of State and Local Government Finance, Robert D. Ebel and John E. Peterson, editors.� He is also the co-owner and co-publisher of MuniNetGuide.com, an online resource specializing in municipal-related research and information concerning state and local government, including public finance, infrastructure, job market data and economic statistics and analysis.
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