John C. Merchant Joins the American Law Institute

November 23, 2015News Releases
Dinsmore & Shohl’s John C. Merchant has been elected a member of the American Law Institute (ALI).

The American Law Institute is the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and improve the law. ALI drafts, discusses, revises, and publishes Restatements of the Law, Model Codes, and Principles of Law that are influential in the courts and legislatures, as well as in legal scholarship and education. By joining ALI, Merchant will have the opportunity to influence the development of the law in both existing and emerging areas and to work with other eminent lawyers, judges, and academics.

Merchant co-chairs the firm’s Public Finance group and has served as bond and/or disclosure counsel for every general obligation, economic development revenue, and water revenue bond issue of the City of Cincinnati, Ohio since 2006. Additionally, he currently serves as bond counsel for several municipal clients including the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government and The Turnpike Authority of Kentucky. As bond and underwriter's counsel for health care & other 501(c)(3) conduit transactions, he has experience with financing structures involving master trust indentures, leases, and financing agreements for private placements.

Prior to joining the Dinsmore, Merchant worked at Peck, Shaffer and Williams for 23 years before Peck Shaffer merged with Dinsmore & Shohl in 2014. Prior to joining Peck Shaffer, Merchant participated in public finance transactions in various positions with the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

About The American Law Institute
The American Law Institute was founded in 1923 following a study conducted by a group of prominent American judges, lawyers, and teachers known as "The Committee on the Establishment of a Permanent Organization for the Improvement of the Law."