American College of Bond Counsel

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Robert J. Whalen

Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth

660 Newport Center Dr.
Suite 1600
Newport Beach, CA 92660 Tel - (949) 725-4166 Fax - (949) 823-5166


Land-secured financings, Lease financings, General obligation bond financings, Pension bond financings, and Multifamily housing financings

Professional Affiliates

  • National Association of Bond Lawyers
  • Laguna Beach Education Foundation (past president, current board member)
  • City of Laguna Beach Planning Commission
  • City of Laguna Beach, City Council member
  • Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach (board member)


University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, J.D., 1978

Harvard College, B.A., 1975


Robert J. Whalen is a shareholder in Stradling’s Public Finance practice group.

Robert has been a public finance specialist for more than 30 years, accumulating extensive experience acting as bond counsel, disclosure counsel, and underwriter’s counsel in connection with municipal financings. His specializes in bond work for state and local agencies, including school districts, counties, cities and water districts.

Robert’s particular areas of expertise include land-secured financings, lease financings, general obligation bond financings, pension bond financings and multifamily housing financings.

Robert represents cities, counties, school districts, and joint powers agencies throughout the state, assisting them in financing a wide variety of public infrastructure projects. He also represents both public agencies and investment banks in connection with disclosure issues related to public financings.

He is a frequent speaker on municipal finance issues at industry conferences and conferences sponsored by the California Debt and Investment Advisory Commission, the University of California, Los Angeles, Extension Program; and the University of California, Davis, Extension Program.

Robert has been a member of the Board of Education of the Laguna Beach Unified School District since 1997.

Representative Experience

$3.4 Billion in Bond Financings for State Public Works Board
Stradling has been bond counsel for the State Public Works Board of the State of California for more than a decade. In the last two years we have acted as bond counsel on $3.4 billion of financings for the Board.
Bond Counsel for School District on Solar Project
Stradling acted as Bond Counsel to the Huntington Beach School District on financings for energy efficiency improvements and solar energy installations as the school district sought to lower annual operating costs through a more efficient use of energy.
$19 Million Bond Issuance
Successfully assisted El Segundo Unified School District in issuing $18.975 million in general obligation refunding bonds, federally taxable and tax exempt.