Jerry Fernandez was to celebrate his 60th year in public finance on Saturday — all that time as counsel at the same law firm, Hawkins, Delafield & Wood LLP in New York City.

Hawkins, the largest public-finance firm in the country, opened its doors in 1854. For more than a third of its existence, Fernandez has played a key role establishing the firm’s reputation. He built up its housing practice and worked on New York City’s financial crisis in the 1970s. He expanded the firm’s practice to Maine, and developed business opportunities into multi-decade relationships.

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