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J. Thomas Francis Jr.

Partner Birmingham
(205) 226-3430
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Education
  • University of Virginia School of Law
    J.D., 1984, Journal of Law and Politics
  • Hampden-Sydney College
    B.A., 1978, Phi Beta Kappa
Bar Admissions
  • Alabama, 1984
  • Tennessee, 2007
About Tom
Tom is regarded as an expert in housing finance and is widely admired by market sources, who value his knowledge, his availability, his frankness, his commitment and his desire to make sure clients fully understand the issues.

- Chambers USA

Q&A
  • What types of clients do you represent?

    I most frequently represent boards of education, cities, counties, the State housing authority, local housing authorities, the State of Alabama and related public corporations, banks, and underwriters.

  • How are you involved in your community?
  • What previous experiences, prior to your work at Balch, influence your practice?
  • What do you find most exciting about your work?
MORE ABOUT Tom
  • Financing of school facilities: Served as bond counsel for $41,205,000 warrants issued by the Madison County Board of Education to finance school facilities and refinance prior debt.
  • Board of Education refinancing: Served as counsel to Compass Bank and bond counsel for $31,135,000 warrants issued by the Lee County Board of Education to refinance prior debt.
  • Bonds finance State Housing Authority projects: Served as bond counsel for $7,280,000 bonds issued by Alabama Housing Financing Authority to finance apartment projects in Huntsville, Alabama.
  • Construction bonds for public schools: Served as bond counsel for $300,607,000 Alabama Public School and College Authority Qualified School Construction Bonds.
  • Bonds for Montgomery stadium: Served as bond counsel for $26,690,000 warrants issued by the City of Montgomery, Alabama to finance Montgomery's Riverfront Stadium, home of the "Biscuits", a AA major league baseball team affiliated with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
  • Financing highways: Served as bond counsel for $533,175,000 bonds issued by Alabama Federal Aid Highway Finance Authority to finance highways.
  • Environmental improvement bonds: Served as bond counsel for $40,000,000 environmental improvement bonds issued by The Industrial Development Board of the City of Selma to finance a portion of a wood pellet facility.
  • County government facilities bonds: Served as bond counsel for $5,175,000 warrants issued by Limestone County, Alabama to fund governmental facilities.
  • City government facilities bonds: Served as bond counsel for $7,335,000 warrants issued by the City of Pell City, Alabama to finance governmental purposes.
  • Bond counsel for local housing authority: Served as counsel to Compass Bank and bond counsel for $1,334,164 Note issued by The Housing Authority of the City of Troy secured by HUD capital funds.
      Education
      • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1984, Journal of Law and Politics
      • Hampden-Sydney College, B.A., 1978, Phi Beta Kappa
      Bar Admissions
      • Alabama, 1984
      • Tennessee, 2007
      Professional Affiliations
      • American College of Bond Counsel, Fellow
      • National Association of Bond Lawyers
      Awards & Accolades
      • Chambers USA, Public Finance
      • The Best Lawyers in America, 2009 – Present
      • Super Lawyers, 2008 – 2011, 2017
      Community Involvement
      • Big Brothers, Big Sisters’ Board of Directors and Mentor
      • Canterbury United Methodist Church