Catherine Fanello


Catherine Fanello is a public finance attorney who serves as bond counsel, issuer’s counsel, underwriter’s counsel, placement agent counsel, trustee’s counsel, and purchaser’s counsel on a variety of publicly offered and privately placed taxable and tax-exempt bond financings. She has worked with special taxing districts, cities, towns, counties and various other issuers on general obligation bonds, special taxing district bonds, local income tax revenue bonds, tax increment financings, lease financings, utility revenue bonds, conduit financings, public-private partnerships and economic development bonds. Catherine also provides counseling on related public finance matters, such as the rules for levying taxes, assessments, and fees. Catherine has also counseled clients on continuing disclosure, post-issuance tax compliance and bond document financial covenants. She is also licensed as an Indiana certified public accountant.

Prior to practicing law, Catherine served as a finance officer and deputy controller for the City of Evansville, Indiana and as city controller for the City of South Bend, Indiana managing budgets, debt, investments, bonds and other obligations, and directing financial management functions including the preparation of financial statements, forecasts and cash management, as well as participating in contract negotiations and developing and implementing public policy initiatives. Catherine served from 2001-2004 as a Vanderburgh County, Indiana County Commissioner.

Catherine received recognition for Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch® in America, Municipal Law 2021-2024 and in Tax Law, 2023-2024 and Indiana Super Lawyers Rising Stars, Government Finance, 2017-2019. She currently serves as the Diversity Committee Liaison to the Securities Law and Disclosure Committee for the National Association of Bond Lawyers.

Practice Areas

Public Finance


Valparaiso University School of Law, J.D.
University of Southern Indiana, B.S. (Accounting)

Professional & Community Activities

National Association of Bond Lawyers
American Bar Association
Indiana Municipal Lawyers Association
Women in Public Finance, Indiana Chapter, Board Member


Indiana, Illinois, Colorado

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