Helen C. Atkeson

Helen C. Atkeson


Email [email protected]​hoganlovells.com

Phone +1 303 899 7311

Fax +1 303 899 7333

Practice groupCorporate & Finance

Helen Atkeson has worked for decades with states, cities, public authorities, other governmental entities, and nonprofit entities in the United States to fund their capital programs using traditional debt financings and through public-private partnerships. Her work shapes communities, with the construction of convention centers, low-income housing, airports, roads, college dorms, hospitals, and museums, to name a few.

She helps her government clients understand and satisfy their obligations under the federal securities laws when they access the debt markets. She brings her understanding of debt structures to the firm's M&A team when assisting academic medical center and university clients to collaborate, restructure, or affiliate with others.

Helen moved to Denver "for a few years" after finishing a clerkship on the U.S. Court of Appeals in her hometown of Washington, D.C. She joined the firm in 1993 when the Denver office opened.

Awards and recognitions

2007-2018, 2021

Public Finance Law
The Best Lawyers in America


Denver Public Finance Law Lawyer of the Year
The Best Lawyers in America


Finalist - Outstanding Women in Business award
Denver Business Journals


Colorado Super Lawyers

Education and admissions


J.D., The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, 1982

B.A., Duke University, 1979


Fellow, American College of Bond Counsel

Member, American Bar Association

Member, Colorado Bar Association

Member, National Association of Bond Lawyers

President of the Board of Directors, National Association of Bond Lawyers 

Bar admissions and qualifications


Representative experience

Bond counsel to High Performance Transportation Enterprise for I-25N loan.

Disclosure counsel to the Colorado Department of Transportation for its Transportation Notes.

Disclosure counsel to the Regional Transportation District in Colorado.

Issuer's counsel and disclosure counsel to E-470 Public Highway on major bond issuances.

Finance counsel to Vanderbilt University in connection with its sale of medical center assets to newly formed Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Disclosure counsel to the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority.

Disclosure counsel to the Regents of the University of Colorado.

Disclosure counsel to the Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority.

Disclosure counsel to the State of Colorado for the Higher Education Certificates of Participation.

Underwriters' counsel for financings by the New Mexico Finance Authority.

General counsel for College Invest and the Colorado 529 Plans.

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