Woody Vaughan is a partner in the Finance Practice Group in King & Spalding’s Atlanta office, where his practice focuses on public finance transactions and economic development projects. Since 2006, Mr. Vaughan has represented clients in over 170 public finance transactions totaling more than $10.5 Billion in aggregate principal amount of bonds.
Mr. Vaughan has extensive knowledge in tax-exempt finance for state and local governments, multifamily housing facilities, governmental and non-profit healthcare, educational and other facilities. Mr. Vaughan routinely serves as bond counsel, underwriter's counsel, credit enhancer's counsel and borrower's counsel on complex public finance transactions. In 2009, Mr. Vaughan served as Bond Counsel to the Hospital Authority of Wilkes County, Georgia on a bond transaction that was named as the Southeastern Deal of the Year by The Bond Buyer.
Mr. Vaughan has also been instrumental in structuring economic development incentive programs for new and expanding businesses in Georgia, representing both companies and local communities.
In 2010, Mr. Vaughan was elected as a Fellow into the American College of Bond Counsel. He has also been named to the Best Lawyers in America and to Georgia Super Lawyers by Atlanta magazine. Mr. Vaughan is a member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers and the Local Government Section of the State Bar of Georgia. In 2007, the Attorney General appointed Mr. Vaughan as a Special Assistant Attorney General to the State of Georgia for bond matters. Over the past three years, Mr. Vaughan has represented the State of Georgia and rendered bond opinions on over $1.8 Billion of State of Georgia General Obligation Bonds.
Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Mr. Vaughan earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Virginia in 1990. He obtained his law degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Georgia in 1997, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and served as Notes Editor for the Georgia Law Review. Prior to law school, Mr. Vaughan worked in Washington, D.C. as a legislative staffer in the United States Senate and in the U.S. House of Representatives.