Michael P. Botelho represents issuers, borrowers, underwriters, trustees, letter of credit banks and purchasers in general obligation bond, refunding bond and revenue bond financing transactions. He currently represents the State of Connecticut as bond counsel in connection with its special tax obligation bond program, one of the State's major revenue bond programs, which funds statewide transportation infrastructure improvements. He also represents municipalities in bonding, education funding, real estate development, governance, personnel and other municipal law matters. He has extensive experience in the representation of underwriters in state, municipal and quasi-public agency financings including the issuance of the State of Connecticut's $2.27 billion general obligation bonds to benefit the State teachers' retirement fund. Mr. Botelho’s practice also includes the representation of commercial banks in the direct purchase of tax-exempt obligations.
Mr. Botelho represents the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development on funding, development and real estate matters, such as the Adriaen's Landing development, the Hartford convention center development and Pfizer's clinical trials facility development in New Haven. He is also counsel to the Connecticut Department of Housing on its housing and community development programs. Additionally, Mr. Botelho provides advice to commercial banks, institutional lenders and borrowers in complex asset-based, real estate and construction lending transactions.
Prior to coming to the Firm in 1999, Mr. Botelho served as General Counsel in the State of Connecticut Treasurer's Office where he advised the state treasury in such areas as investments, public finance, securities law, unclaimed property, qualified state tuition programs, workers' compensation and employment law. Mr. Botelho has considerable experience working with a number of state and municipal offices, such as the Office of Policy and Management, the State Attorney General's Office and the State Department of Transportation.
Mr. Botelho is a frequent speaker on various bonding, financing and development matters involving municipalities including the disclosure requirements imposed on municipal issuers under federal securities laws.
He is a member of various professional and community organizations, including the National Association of Bond Lawyers (“NABL”), the Connecticut Government Finance Officers Association and the Connecticut Association of Municipal Attorneys. Mr. Botelho served as Chair of the 2012 Tax and Securities Law Institute sponsored by NABL and he presently serves on NABL’s Securities Law and Disclosure Committee. Mr. Botelho serves on the Board of Governors of the Hartford Hospital Corporation and sits on the Finance Committee of Hartford Healthcare Corporation. Mr. Botelho served on the Governor's Commission on Unfunded Mandates, which was established in 2005 to examine state-imposed unfunded and partially funded mandates imposed on Connecticut's municipalities. He served on the Board of Directors of the March of Dimes (Connecticut Chapter) for 11 years and was its previous Chairman for 3 years.
Mr. Botelho is a former member of the Connecticut Republican State Central Committee and currently serves on the Glastonbury Town Plan and Zoning Commission.
Mr. Botelho received his J.D., cum laude, from the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. and his A.B., magna cum laude, with High Honors in History, from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. While attending Bowdoin, he was a James Bowdoin Scholar for three consecutive years and received the prestigious Class of 1875 Prize in American History. Mr. Botelho spent one semester abroad at
the University of Madrid in Spain and received high honors for his thesis, "The Origins of U.S. Nonintervention in the Spanish Civil War."
Mr. Botelho has received an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell and is listed as a Connecticut Super Lawyer® in Government Finance (2015).