Overview

Skye Nickalls is a transactional attorney specializing in municipal finance matters, including representing issuers and underwriters of municipal securities, including counties, cities, townships, school districts, boroughs, municipal authorities, banks, and nonprofit entities as bond counsel, special counsel, borrower’s counsel and underwriter’s counsel. Skye has extensive experience with general obligation bonds, tax anticipation notes, revenue obligations, and financings for hospital systems, colleges and universities, charter schools, continuing care retirement communities, and other nonprofit entities. She also represents public and private corporations in internal investigations, matters of corporate governance, securities law compliance, public reporting with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and other contractual and transactional matters. 

Skye received her B.A., summa cum laude, at New York University and her J.D. at Yale Law School. Skye is a member of the Pennsylvania Association of Bond Lawyers and a member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers. Skye serves on the firm’s Pro Bono Committee, Opinion Committee, Diversity Committee, Technology Committee, and Political Committee.

Representative Experience

  • Served as underwriter’s counsel in financings for colleges, universities, public utilities, and continuing care communities.
  • Negotiated forbearance agreements with bondholders and served as disclosure counsel for a college during periods of financial difficulties.
  • Served as bond counsel for cities, townships, boroughs, and other municipalities for general obligation and revenue pledges.
  • Served as a member of bond counsel team to major healthcare and educational organizations and obligated groups involving 501(c)(3) financings and refinancings, including Temple University Health System, Neumann University, and the student housing non-profit for West Chester University.
  • Regular bond counsel for a city’s annual tax and revenue anticipation notes.
  • Conducted an internal investigation on behalf of a nonprofit organization in preparation for a potential federal grand jury subpoena.
  • Part of team that conducted an internal investigation into a potential breach of fiduciary duty by trustees of a governmental entity; drafted report recommending remedial measures and policy improvements.

Professional & Community Activities

  • Firm Board Representative, Philadelphia Diversity Law Group
  • Member, National Association of Bond Lawyers
  • Member, Pennsylvania Association of Bond Lawyers
  • Member, Ladies First, The Mid-Atlantic Women’s Public Finance Forum
  • Member, Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member, Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Bar Leadership Institute, Class of 2018–19
  • The Forum for Executive Women Mentorship Program, 2021
  • Named to Finance Group for Delco Transition, the transition advisory board for Delaware County Council, 2019–2020

Professional Recognition

  • Selected to The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch, 2022.
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2020

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Representative Experience

  • Served as underwriter’s counsel in financings for colleges, universities, public utilities, and continuing care communities.
  • Negotiated forbearance agreements with bondholders and served as disclosure counsel for a college during periods of financial difficulties.
  • Served as bond counsel for cities, townships, boroughs, and other municipalities for general obligation and revenue pledges.
  • Served as a member of bond counsel team to major healthcare and educational organizations and obligated groups involving 501(c)(3) financings and refinancings, including Temple University Health System, Neumann University, and the student housing non-profit for West Chester University.
  • Regular bond counsel for a city’s annual tax and revenue anticipation notes.
  • Conducted an internal investigation on behalf of a nonprofit organization in preparation for a potential federal grand jury subpoena.
  • Part of team that conducted an internal investigation into a potential breach of fiduciary duty by trustees of a governmental entity; drafted report recommending remedial measures and policy improvements.