Barclay Damon
Barclay Damon

M. Cornelia Cahill

M. Cornelia Cahill


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Albany Office

80 State Street
Albany, New York 12207

New York Office

Suite 600
1270 Avenue of the Americas
New York, New York 10020

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f: 212.784.5777

Connie has more than 25 years experience serving as bond counsel, underwriter’s counsel, institution counsel, and bank counsel in various public finance transactions involving New York State agencies and authorities, industrial development agencies, local development corporations, municipalities, and school districts. Her extensive financing experience includes college and university projects, hospitals, assisted living facilities, senior and multi-family housing projects, and infrastructure projects.

Connie serves as bond counsel to the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York and the New York State Housing Finance Agency, and, in conjunction with a MWBE firm, serves as special bond counsel to the New York State Thruway Authority. She also serves as agency and bond counsel to several industrial development agencies and local development corporations, regularly advising local agencies and authorities on the Public Authorities Accountability Act, the Public Authorities Reform Act, and guidance provided by the New York State Authorities Budget Office.

As bond counsel to over 60 municipalities and school districts, Connie has extensive experience representing her general obligation clients in the issuance of serial bonds, deficit bonds, bond anticipation notes, revenue anticipation notes, tax anticipation notes, and energy performance contracts. Connie represents municipalities in connection with projects financed by the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation and represents school districts in connection with projects financed by the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York.

Connie regularly serves as underwriter’s counsel to all of the major underwriting firms active in New York State, providing creative financing solutions and sound advice regarding an underwriter’s disclosure obligations.

Connie serves on the firm’s Management Committee and is the Public Finance Practice Area chair and Women's Forum co-chair. She is actively involved in the forum's many events, including its office networking events that encourage interaction among the firm's women attorneys and clients, business leaders, and government officials, and in-house events designed to assist the firm's women attorneys in developing successful strategies for professional, client, and leadership development.

Connie is a former State University of New York at Albany School of Business assistant professor who taught graduate tax courses in the Masters in Accounting program.

Practice Areas


  • Albany Law School of Union University, J.D., cum laude, 1983
  • New York University School of Law, LL.M., 1986
  • Siena College, B.B.A., magna cum laude, 1979

Admitted To Practice

  • New York, 1984

Memberships & Affiliations

  • National Association of Bond Lawyers
  • Capital District Forum for Executive Women
  • New York State Government Finance Officers Association

Civic Activities

  • Schenectady County Catholic Charities, Board of Directors Member

Speaking & Publications

  • Eastern Association of College and University Business Officers, "The SEC's Municipal Continuing Disclosure Compliance Initiative," September 2014
  • Law360 Profile, "Female Powerbrokers Q&A: Hiscock's Connie Cahill," May  2014


  • Martindale-Hubbell “AV” Peer Review Rated for Very High to Preeminent Ethical Standards and Legal Ability

Prior Experience

  • Hiscock & Barclay, LLP, Partner