Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP recently promoted Rebecca Joyner to partner in its Raleigh, N.C., office.
Joyner is serving as bond counsel, underwriter’s counsel, borrower’s counsel and bank counsel in financings of local governments, public education and nonprofit institutions.
Joyner has worked at Parker Poe since 2004.
As part of the banking and capital markets practice group’s public finance team, she was bond counsel for the first unenhanced tax-increment financing completed in North Carolina.
She also spearheaded an effort to expand the North Carolina Local Government Commission’s policy on the sale of special assessment bonds to qualified institutional buyers.
Furthermore, Joyner was bond counsel for the first North Carolina charter school deal.
Joyner also helped create North Carolina Women in Public Finance, an educational and mentoring organization. She has been on the group’s steering committee since 2007.
In 2011, the Triangle Business Journal selected her to receive a “40 under 40” award for her community and professional achievements.
Joyner said she liked the opportunity to work closely with issuers and help them plan their capital needs.
“In a regional firm [like Parker Poe], one gets more direct client contact from the beginning,” she said.
In addition to her legal experience, Joyner spent six years working in the public finance division of Moody’s Investors Services.
She rose through the ranks of the agency to become vice president of the Southeastern regional ratings group.
Working at Moody’s gave her an understanding of the entire bond issuance process that she would not have had just out of law school, she said.
Joyner has a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a master of public administration degree from the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, and a law degree from the Fordham University School of Law, where she graduated in the top 5% of her class.
Joyner will be one of two partners in public finance law in Parker Poe’s Raleigh office.
Parker Poe has 210 lawyers in six offices across North Carolina and South Carolina.