Laura L. Bilas is a partner and business lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. She is the chair of the firm’s Finance and Public Finance Practices and focuses her practice on public finance, healthcare finance and structured lending matters. Laura’s experience includes serving as bond counsel, borrower’s counsel, underwriter’s counsel, disclosure counsel and credit enhancement provider’s counsel for numerous public finance and other structured transactions, including general obligation, special service area, special assessment, tax increment, multi-family housing, healthcare and industrial development financings. She is a member of the firm’s Finance & Financial Institutions, Healthcare Finance and Public Finance Practices, as well as the Healthcare and Energy Industry Teams.
Laura's practice includes service as bond counsel, borrower’s counsel, underwriter’s counsel and credit enhancement provider’s counsel for 501(c)(3) financings, including financings for healthcare, cultural, educational and assisted living institutions.
Laura has served as bond counsel, underwriter’s counsel, disclosure counsel and issuer’s counsel to the Illinois Housing Development Authority, other state and local housing authorities and to lending institutions on housing financings, aggregating in excess of $1 billion. She also represents developers, lenders and other market participants on PACE (property assessed clean energy) financings.
Laura represents lenders and investment banking firms in connection with securitizations of municipal debt and the private placement of senior and subordinate debt instruments. She has also served as senior lenders’ counsel, credit enhancer’s and liquidity provider’s counsel for over 300 financings for domestic and foreign bank clients.
Laura has been Peer Review Rated as AV Preeminent®, the highest performance rating in Martindale-Hubbell's peer review rating system. Since 2010, she has been selected by The Best Lawyers in America©. She was selected for inclusion in the 2012 - 2018 Illinois Super Lawyers® list in the area of bonds/government finance.*
Laura has served on the board of directors of Women In Public Finance, is a member of the Women Presidents’ Organization, and previously served on the governing body of Athena Power Link.
Laura received her law degree from the University of Minnesota (J.D., cum laude, 1985) and her undergraduate degree from Valparaiso University (B.A., highest distinction, 1982).
Admissions and Professional Memberships
Laura is a member of the American Bar Association and the National Association of Bond Lawyers. She is admitted to the Bar in Illinois and Michigan.
Selected Publications and Presentations
* The Illinois Supreme Court does not recognize certifications of specialties in the practice of law and no award or recognition is a requirement to practice law in Illinois.