Biography

Rachel Orr is an attorney in the Financial and Real Estate Services group. Her practice primarily focuses on all aspects of real estate development and capital financing transactions, including both taxable and tax-exempt offerings of bonds and other securities. Rachel counsels companies, banks, municipalities and other organizations throughout the financing process and handles due diligence matters, IRS filings and tax controversy.

She has experience with transactions involving development and financing incentives, redevelopment, qualified opportunity funds, tax credits, tax increment financing and special purpose districts. Rachel advises on and structures new business entity formation. She assists clients in complying with post-issuance requirements, including those related to qualified opportunity fund asset percentage tests, arbitrage rebate, use of bond proceeds, and monitoring the use of financed assets. She has extensive experience with municipal debt transactions, including both single- and multi-family housing bonds, qualified tax credit bonds, qualified 501(c)(3) bonds, variable rate healthcare revenue bonds, leasing and direct lending transactions, and small-issue manufacturing bonds.

Education

  • New York University  (LL.M., 2013)
    • Taxation
    • National Association of Bond Lawyers, Scholarship Recipient
  • University of Arkansas  (J.D., cum laude, 2012)
    • Arkansas Law Review (Research Editor)
    • Judge Thomas F. Butt Excellence in Legal Writing Award
    • Charles Thomas Pearson Fellow
    • Dean’s List
  • University of Arkansas  (B.S., 2008)
    • Business Administration
    • President’s and Dean’s List
    • Outstanding Student in Management Finalist

Admissions

  • Missouri
  • Arkansas

Professional Activities

  • The Missouri Bar
  • The Arkansas Bar
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers
  • Tax Club of Kansas City
  • Association for Governmental Leasing and Finance (Member, 2013-2018; Planning Committee Member, 2015)
  • Women in Public Finance – Kansas and Missouri Chapter 
  • Armstrong Teasdale Inclusion Committee

Charitable and Civic Involvement

  • Women in Public Finance – Kansas and Missouri Chapter (Board Member, 2019-present)
  • Jewish Vocational Services – Global Gardens (Volunteer, 2017)
  • KC LEGAL (Board Member, 2017-present; Secretary, 2018-present; Vice President, 2019-present)
  • Downtown Council of Kansas City (Board of Directors)

Accolades

  • Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers® Rising Star, Government Finance (2017-present)
  • Selected for the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Pathfinder Program (2018)

Background

Before joining Armstrong Teasdale, Rachel was in private practice at another area firm. Prior to earning her legal degree, Rachel spent seven years as a financial adviser and trust/estate administrator.

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