Northwestern University, J.D., cum laude, 1982

  • Editorial Board, Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology

Pomona College, B.A., Economics, cum laude, 1979



South Dakota


American Health Lawyers Association

National Association of Bond Lawyers

Dan Bacastow is a partner in Chapman’s National Public and Health & Education Finance Department. He has assisted states, municipalities, hospital systems, and universities and their underwriters, as well as issuers, in successfully structuring, restructuring, and implementing major tax-exempt financings to meet their capital and infrastructure needs for more than 30 years.

He has served as bond counsel, underwriter's counsel, bank counsel, and borrower's counsel in financings and related transactions and has structured, negotiated, and implemented innovative fixed rate, variable rate, multimodal, commercial paper, 63-20, and put bond financing structures. He has served as principal lender’s counsel and underwriter’s counsel in major toll-road revenue bond offerings, from bid phase through structural close.

Dan has advised public finance, health care, and university clients in continued compliance with tax-exempt bond document covenants, including in audits before the IRS, and counsels issuers and nonprofit institutions on implementing prudent investment strategies for tax-exempt bond proceeds.

Dan speaks regularly before industry groups regarding compliance and regulatory developments.

Dan started his legal career at Chapman. Prior to rejoining Chapman in 2014, he practiced in the health care and infrastructure groups at Jones Day.


  • IRS Provides Guidance Regarding Written Post-Issuance Compliance Procedures for Tax-Exempt Bonds, August 2011
  • IRS TEB Publishes Final Report on Post-Issuance Compliance Survey, August 2011
  • Form 990 Disclosure Requirements Challenge Hospitals, Provide Opportunities, The Health Lawyer / ABA Health Law Section, February 2009
  • Proposed Regulations Modify Arbitrage Regulations, November 2007
  • IRS Mandates Heightened Transparency in Redesigned Form 990, Health Lawyers News, Volume 11, Number 8, August 2007


  • Co-Presenter, "Of Men and Mistakes: The Battle of Leyte Gulf, and Other Actions in the Pacific Theater in World War II," National Association of Health and Educational Facilities Finance Authorities Quad State Plus Conference. June 2-3, 2015.
  • Panelist, "The SEC's Municipal Market Initiatives," National Association of Health and Educational Facilities Finance Authorities Fall Conference. September 10-11, 2014.