Robert F. McCarthy

Rob McCarthy is a public finance attorney. He serves as bond counsel, issuer's counsel and underwriter's counsel on general obligation and structured revenue financings. Rob also works with public and private clients to establish and manage economic development incentives and special purpose districts, including joint economic development districts and new community authorities. In addition, Rob provides general counsel representation on public law matters, drawing upon his prior experience as a law clerk to Justice Yvette McGee Brown on the Supreme Court of Ohio and as an assistant attorney general and legal advisor to Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray.

Rob is a member of Bricker & Eckler’s Recruiting Committee and is a recent graduate of the firm’s leadership development program.

Professional & Community Activities

  • Member, Board of Trustees of the Friends of the Columbus Metropolitan Library
  • Member, NAIOP Central Ohio Chapter
  • Executive Committee, Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District
  • Member, Education Committee, Ohio Government Finance Officers Association
  • Secretary, Bridge Park New Community Authority

Presentations & Published Works

  • Presenter, "Downtown Redevelopment Tools: Hot Topics in Municipal Economic Development," OMAA/OML Webinar, May 2019
  • Presenter, "What Your Bond Finance Team Worries About," CDFA PFM Capital Markets Webinar Series, May 2019
  • Presenter, "Economic Development: Responsible Growth in Your Community," Ohio Township Association Law Directors' Group, August 2018
  • Presenter, "Project Finance and Incentives Options," Ohio Municipal League Summer Regional Conference Series, June 2018
  • Presenter, "Economic Development Incentives - Lessons Learned," 2017 OSBA Capital Conference, November 2017
  • Presenter, "JEDDs and Other Economic Development Tools," Ohio Association of Public Treasurers Annual Fall Conference, October 2017
  • Presenter, "Advanced Economic Development," Ohio Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA), Annual Conference, September 2017
  • Presenter, "Economic Development Fundamentals," Ohio Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA), Annual Conference, September 2017
  • Presenter, "County Role in Economic Development: Update on Recent Legal Trends," Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association Summer Workshop, June 2017
  • Presenter, "Legislative Update - 2017: Update and a Look Forward," Ohio Economic Development Association 360: State Economic Development Briefing, May 2017
  • Presenter, "Economic Development Ethics," Ohio Economic Development Association 2017 Ohio Basic Economic Development Course, April 2017
  • Presenter, "Encouraging Cooperative Development Initiatives through JEDDs," Ohio Municipal League webinar, January 2017
  • Presenter, "Downtown Redevelopment Districts and Innovation Districts: A New Economic Development Tool,” City of Logan/Hocking County Forum on Downtown Revitalization, January 2017

Bar Admissions & Activities

  • Member, Ohio State Bar Association
  • Member, National Association of Bond Lawyers

Awards & Recognition

  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America (Public Finance Law), 2020


  • The Ohio State University (J.D., 2008); Articles Editor, Ohio State Law Journal; recipient, Moritz Merit Scholarship
  • Harvard University (B.A. with honors, 2002); President, Institute of Politics (a student center and memorial to President John F. Kennedy)
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