Emmett M. Kelly

T 614.559.7255
F 614.464.1737
10 West Broad Street
One Columbus Center, Suite 2300
Columbus, Ohio 43215-3484

Emmett is a member in the Columbus office and practices in the Finance and Real Estate Practice Group and is a member of the Public and Project Finance team. He has served as bond counsel, structuring counsel, underwriter's counsel, developer's counsel and purchaser's counsel for various taxable and tax-exempt project and revenue bond financings, including private activity bonds (IDB's), municipal, education, health care, renewable and alternative energy, and traditional general obligation, P.A.C.E, P3, P2 and 501 (c)(3) financings.

He serves as bond counsel and special counsel on economic development financing and incentive projects utilizing tax increment financing, joint enterprise development districts, enterprise zones, energy special improvement districts, and community reinvestment areas.  Emmett also serves as counsel to economic development entities such as community improvement corporations, new community authorities, regional planning commissions, convention facilities authorities, water and sewer districts, and port authorities on general, economic development and special obligation revenue financing matters.  In the traditional general obligation area, he serves as bond counsel, underwriter's counsel and purchaser's counsel for general obligation, special obligation revenue bond and note financings for municipalities, school districts, counties, townships, port authorities, convention facilities authorities and other public sector entities.

In the area of property assessed clean energy (P.A.C.E.), renewable and alternative energy projects and on P3's (public/private partnerships) transactions Emmett has served as legal counsel and as a consultant.  He has worked on P3's, which have included tax increment financing, special assessments, private equity and assets, and governmental services and assets, for land development projects and public works.

Highlights & Recognitions

  • Business First Top Forty Under 40, 2006
  • Capital University Law School, Alumni Outstanding Service Award, 2009

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Ohio Tax Credit Authority (appointed by Governor), Member
  • Capital University, Board of Counselors, President
  • Capital University Law School Alumni Board, Member and past President

Civic & Charitable Organizations

  • The Buckeye Ranch Operations Board of Directors
  • Homeport, Board of Directors
  • Leadership Columbus Program, 2003 graduate
  • Upper Arlington Youth Lacrosse Association, Board, Former President

Non-FBT Publications and Events


Kent vs. Davis (Warning: this case may have side effects) by Emmett M. Kelly and Shadya Y. Yazback, ABA Section of State and Local Government Law, State and Local Law News, Vol. 31 No. 2, Winter 2008

Emmett has also written articles for various publications in Ohio on new community authorities, joint recreation districts, special improvement districts, port authorities and on other and economic development related topics.

Speeches and Presentations

Financing Capital Needs and Confronting Loan Modifications in a Restricted Market, presented by Emmett M. Kelly and David A. Lips, American Health Lawyers Association Annual Meeting, and accompanying article by Emmett M. Kelly, David A. Lips, and M. Shannon Martin, June 2010

Emmett has also given speeches and presentations on the following:
Municipal and County Tax-Exempt Financing
Introduction to Bond Financing
Ohio Manufacturers Energy Efficiency presentation
Education Service Center - County School Financings Districts
Energy SIDs and PACE financing in Ohio
Solar SIDs - Solar Improvement Financing and PPA Structuring
Municipal Finance 101
Tax Abatement/Incentive Presentation - County Construction & Finance
Port Authorities and Regional Airport Authorities
New Community Authorities and Districts - Economic Development Forum
County Construction - Community Development and Special Assessments
Port Authority Structure & Powers Overview
Tax Increment Financing

Other Contact Info


RoseMarie DelSignore
T 614.559.7274