Kareem J. Spratling

Attorney

Office phone: 813-273-6677

kspratling@bmolaw.com

Office Location: Tampa

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PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY

Kareem J. Spratling focuses his legal practice primarily in the area of public finance. Mr. Spratling’s public finance experience includes nationwide representation of clients in all roles. Mr. Spratling is particularly skilled in the role of Bond Counsel on private activity bond transactions. Mr. Spratling has provided counsel on transactions with a combined principal amount in excess of $13 billion. He has represented governmental and quasi-governmental entities at all levels, including: the United States of America, the State of Florida, and multiple Florida counties, cities, ports, housing/housing finance authorities, conduit issuers and charter schools. He has also served as counsel and drafted financing documents creating new financing programs for private entities, expressway authorities, counties and conduit borrowers. Mr. Spratling’s litigation experience includes validating in excess of $2.9 billion in bonds for various public entities, including three of the largest issuers in the Tampa Bay area. His general governmental experience includes drafting special legislation and documentation for state grants, and reviewing various governmental financing programs, including the legal audit of a $200 million complex financing program. Mr. Spratling is committed to sharing his public finance knowledge and he regularly lectures at the National Association of Bond Lawyers’ “Bond Attorney’s Workshop Seminars.” Mr. Spratling serves as general counsel to several entities. Mr. Spratling is a member of the Florida State University College of Law Board of Directors and Seminole Torchbeareres. In addition, Mr. Spratling is a member of the newly formed Leadership Alliance Advisory Board (LAAB) and prepared its corporate documents and incorporating the LAAB on a pro bono basis.

 

Mr. Spratling received a Juris Doctor degree from The Florida State University College of Law in May 2006 and two Bachelor of Science degrees from The Florida State University in August 2002. While in law school, he was a member of both the Mock Trial and Jessup Moot Court teams, the first student member of the College of Law Board of Directors, and President of both the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) and the Student Bar Association (SBA). In 2017, Mr. Spratling was named to the Tampa Business Journals "Up and Comers" list. In 2016, Mr. Spratling was named one of 24 inaugural “Rising Stars” by The Bond Buyer magazine, one of two honorees in Florida and the only Florida lawyer. In 2010, Mr. Spratling received a “Rising Star” Super Lawyers rating, as published in Super Lawyers Magazine, an honor earned by less than 2.5% of attorneys in Florida and only 2 public finance attorneys. Mr. Spratling is also a recipient of the Tampa Seminole Club’s “Torch Award” and was named “Alumni of the Month” for August 2015.

EDUCATION

College: The Florida State University – B.S., Criminology & B.S., History, 2002

Law School: The Florida State University College of Law- J.D., 2006

BAR ADMISSIONS

The Florida Bar, 2006

COURT ADMISSIONS

All Florida Courts

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

The Florida Bar

George Edgecomb Bar Association

Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Former Board Member, Legal Counsel and Executive Committee Member

National Association of Bond Lawyers, Former Committee Member

Tampa Police Department Citizens Police Academy, Class of 2012

CIVIC ACTIVITIES

Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors

Leadership Tampa Class of 2012, Graduate

Leadership Florida/Connect Florida

Tampa Police Department Citizens Police Academy Class of 2012, Graduate

Leadership Alliance Advisory Board

The Florida State University College of Law Board of Directors

Seminole Torchbearers

HONORS & AWARDS

"Rising Star," The Bond Buyer, 2018

"Up and Comer," Tampa Business Journal, 2018

“Alumni of the Month” Tampa Bay Seminole Club, 2015

“Emerging Leader Award,” Emerge Tampa Bay, 2013 (finalist)

“Torch Award,” Tampa Bay Seminole Club, 2011

“Rising Star,” Super Lawyers Magazine, 2010
 

PRESENTATIONS

  • 2019 NABL Essentials – Presentation Title: Diversity & Implicit Bias (101): An Introduction to Implicit Bias, Its Effects on the Practice of Law and Practical Solutions for Taking Control and Diversity & Implicit Bias (202): Advanced Concepts of Diversity & Implicit Bias 
  • 2018 NABL Bond Attorney Workshop - Presentation Title: Diversity & Implicit Bias (101): An Introduction to Implicit Bias, Its Effects on the Practice of Law and Solutions for Taking Control 
  • 2017 NABL Bond Attorney Workshop - Presentation Title: Unintentional Discrimination & Implicit Bias: To Know It Is to Abate It 
  • Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce,” Chair, Leadership Tampa Government and Infrastructure Day, 2015
  • Charter School Financings,” The Florida Bar’s Education Law Committee, 2015
  • The New Normal for Education Financings,” National Association of Bond Lawyers, 2014
  • Current Trends in Public Finance and Capital Markets,” Public Trust Advisors, 2013
  • The New Normal for Education Financings,” National Association of Bond Lawyers, 2013
  • Educational Financings,” National Association of Bond Lawyers, 2012
  • Public Finance Update,” Florida Government Finance Officers Association, 2011