The Law Office of Robert M. Haight

The Law Office of Robert M. Haight

We are sophisticated, knowledgeable and devoted to the single goal of serving our clients' individual financing needs. We provide clients with access to, and legal approving opinions for a variety of muncipial securities.

Firm Overview

ROBERT M. HAIGHT has been actively structuring municipal bonds and providing government clients with tax opinions for over fifty (50) years.
The types of projects in which his firm is engaged as either bond counsel or disclosure counsel typically includes the financing of water and wastewater facilities, irrigation facilities, streets and highways, bridges, government buildings, single-family and multi-family housing, recreational facilities, municipal leases, industrial development facilities, electrical generation and transmission facilities, parking structures, solid waste facilities, geological hazard abatement facilities, seawalls and other similar type public projects.
His firm has been involved in, and has successfully implemented, a wide array of financing methods including, but without limitation, Mello-Roos bonds; several variations of "pooled" bonds; capital appreciation bonds; industrial development bonds; tax allocation bonds; general obligation bonds; certificates of participation; installment sale obligations; water and sewer revenue bonds; loan participations; assessment district bonds; leases; promissory notes; refunding bonds and notes; private placement securities; and bond, grant and tax anticipation notes.
Main Office
5435-D Scotts Valley Dr.
Scotts Valley  CA  95066
  • (831) 438-6610
  • (831) 438-1367


Free Initial Consultation?
The initial consultation is FREE.
Services Offered For Fixed Fees?
All rates and fees are negotiated depending on the scope of the work involved.
Hourly Rates
Not Applicable unless negotiated into the fee agreement or contract.

Office Information

Office Hours
Monday through Thursday
9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Office Manager
Karee Castro
Emergency After Hours
Our proven ability to ascertain and define a client's needs, execute on a timely basis, and close quality transactions, separates The Law Office of ROBERT M. HAIGHT from its competitors.
ROBERT M. HAIGHT. In 1964, Mr. Haight joined the firm of Wilson, Jones, Morton & Lynch in San Mateo, California, and remained with the Wilson firm through May, 1969, during which time he specialized in municipal bond financing for an extensive number of cities, counties and municipal districts, including being General Counsel for a number of sanitary and water districts throughout California.
In 1969, Mr. Haight moved his practice to the Santa Cruz, California and was Deputy City Attorney of Santa Cruz, California, and City Attorney for Watsonville, California. During and since that period, he successfully structured municipal bond financings for industrial parks, residential subdivisions, commercial complexes, golf courses, park developments, city halls, fire stations, libraries, sewer and water facilities.
Mr. Haight is experienced in implementing and applying the appropriate provisions of state and federal laws with respect to compliance issues pertaining to debt and equity instruments. Mr. Haight understands the compliance issues surrounding the recently enacted continuing disclosure requirements of the Securities Exchange Commission, Rule 15c2-12 and continues to maintain an understanding of the Securities Act of 1933, the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the Trust Indenture Act of 1939.
Because Mr. Haight has devoted himself exclusively to municipal bond counsel and securities matters, he has acquired considerable expertise in working with financial institutions, underwriters, financial advisors and other consultants to structure effective debt issuance transactions. In addition, he has often been at the forefront in developing new innovative financing techniques to better serve clients' needs, and has developed model financing strategy plans that are often re-used time and again. Mr. Haight received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of San Francisco and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law.

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

Presently, my two areas of primary practice are bankruptcy and municipal bond law. In the past, I have practiced in the areas of general law, family law and real property law. I am also a liscened California Real Estate Broker. I have also litigated many cases and have appellate court experience. My pro bono work was primarily in the area of estate planning for the elderly.

What experience or education distinguishes your lawyers from others

The sheer volume and Number of years of practice in Municipal Bond law gives me the experience and knowledge to efficiently and adequately structure the best financial deal according to the situation. The following of a list of public sector clients Robert M. Haight has represented as bond counsel or disclosure counsel:

City of Atascadero, City of Gonzales, City of Pismo Beach,
City of Atwater, City of Greenfield, City of Ridgecrest,
City of Bakersfield, City of Gustine, City of San Rafael,
City of Brentwood, City of King, City of Santa Cruz,
City of Capitola, City of Livingston, City of Scotts Valley,
City of Coalinga, City of Los Banos, City of Shasta Lake,
City of Colma, City of Marina, City of Stockton,
City of Crescent, City of Mendota, City of Susanville,
City of Dos Palos, City of Merced, City of Tehachapi,
City of Dublin, City of Morgan Hill, City of Tracy,
City of Escalon, City of Morro Bay, City of Visalia,
City of Firebaugh, City of Oakdale, City of Yuba City,
City of Fresno, City of Paso Robles, City of Watsonville and
City of Woodland

County of Amador, County of Madera, County of Stanislaus,
County of Del Norte, County of Monterey, County of Sutter,
County of Kern, County of Santa Cruz, County of Tulare and
County of King

Aromas Water District, San Lorenzo Valley Water District, Bella Vista Water District, Scotts Valley Water District, Central San Joaquin Water Conservation District, Soquel Creek Water District, Central Water District, Squaw Valley County Water District, Padre Dam Municipal Water District, Trout Gulch Mutual Water Company, Olivenhain Municipal Water District

Kirkwood Meadows Public Utility District, Jamestown Sanitary District, Zayante Fire Protection District, Place de Mer Geological Abatement District, Lake Arrowhead Community Service District, River Highlands Community Service District, Channel Islands Community Service District, Santa Cruz County Sanitation District, Pajaro/Sunny Mesa Community Services District, Merced County Regional Waste Management Authority

Please feel free to contact the following individuals as references of our ability to serve as bond counsel, underwriter's counsel, or securities counsel:

Don Rosa
General Manager
Pajaro/Sunny Mesa
Community Services District
136 San Juan Road
Watsonville, CA 95076
(831) 722-1389

Bill Fisher
General Manager
Golden Hills
Community Services District
21415 Reeves Street
PO Box 637
Tehachapi, CA 93581

John Duckett
Finance Director
City of Shasta Lake
PO Box 777, 1650 Stanton Drive
Shasta Lake, CA 96019
(530) 275-7400

Eric Frost
Deputy City Manager
City of Visalia
707 W. Acequia
Visalia, California 93291

Walter Muncheimer
City Manager
City of Marysville
526 C Street
Marysville, CA 95901
(530) 749-3901

Robert M. Haight

I have been practicing law in the State of California since 1963. I had been retained as Deputy City Attorney and City Attorney for several California cities and have acted as General Counsel to several municipal water and sewer districts. Further, I am a nationally recognized Municipal Bond Counsel, whose federal and state tax opinions are accepted by all municipal investment firms. I have participated as Bond Counsel or Disclosure Counsel in hundreds of municipal bond and note transactions.
  • Bar Number: 34635
    California , 1964
  • University of San Francisco School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1963
    San Francisco, CA
    Moot Court.
  • University of San Francisco
    Bachelor of Science , 1961
    San Francisco, CA
    Accounting Specialist.

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