CHICAGO — Milwaukee-based Gonzalez, Saggio & Harlan LLP announced this week the addition of Stephen J. Adnopoz as a partner in its New York office as part of the firm’s ongoing expansion of its public finance group.

Most recently, Adnopoz worked for two and half years as in-house counsel at UBS Securities LLC. He previously was a partner in the public finance group at Harris Beach LLP and was a member of the public finance unit at the Torys law firm.

He is licensed to practice law in New York and Connecticut. He joins another firm partner, C. Willis Ritter, in the New York office.

“Our ability to attract Steve to our firm is a testament to his belief in our vision and direction,” the firm’s head of public finance, Ken Louard, said in a statement. “Steve offers the rare blend of technical and practical experience that is essential to our growing representation of New York and other state/local issuers and underwriters.”

Adnopoz is a 25-year veteran of the public finance field. His experience includes representing public authorities, underwriters and purchasers of municipal securities, borrowers, providers of credit ­enhancement, and trustees. He has served as bond, transaction, and disclosure counsel on hundreds of deals valued at more than $10 billion.

Louard added that his experience at UBS gives him special insight into investment banking.

The minority-owned firm has steadily been adding to its public finance ranks in recent years and expanded its physical presence with new offices in Wayne, N.J., and Nashville over the last seven months.

The firm has 14 offices with a total of 100 lawyers, including 14 public finance lawyers located in the offices of Chicago, the District of Columbia, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Nashville, and New York.

The firm ranks 29th so far this year in the Northeast among bond counsel and did not rank last year, according Thomson Reuters.

Gonzalez Saggio nationally ranked 54th in 2008 and then fell to 214th last year.

The firm so far this year ranked 44th nationally, working on eight deals valued at $819 million.

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