Steven Washington is a partner and member of Chapman's Illinois Public Finance Department. He represents a variety of state and local issuers, including state agencies, cities, counties, school districts, and other government and municipal issuers on a variety of derivative and investment transactions.

Steven has extensive experience serving as bond or underwriter’s counsel in general obligation, limited tax, revenue, alternate revenue (or double-barreled), and refunding bonds. He serves as counsel to investment banking firms in the underwriting or remarketing of tax-exempt and taxable bonds and also serves as borrower's counsel to a variety of not-for-profit organizations, including charter schools, private schools, and museums.

Prior to joining Chapman, Steven was a municipal finance partner at two large law firms and also served as chief of staff to the president of the Chicago Board of Education.

Practice Focus


National Bar Association

National Association of Bond Lawyers

Chicago Bar Association




Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, J.D., 1997

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.A., Finance, 1994



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