Sean Yates

Managing Associate

San Francisco


Sean Yates is a Public Finance lawyer focusing on transportation, charter schools, affordable housing, and higher education.

Sean serves as bond counsel, disclosure counsel, and underwriter's counsel on a variety of public finance transactions, including general obligation and revenue bond financings.  Sean's experience includes counseling large public transportation agencies, and assisting in the financing of affordable housing, charter schools and higher education institutions throughout California.

Sean earned his J.D. from the University of California, Davis in 2018, and his B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2013. 

  • Notable clients and engagements include, but are not limited to:

    • San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (General Obligation Bonds and Sales Tax Revenue Bonds)
    • Bay Area Toll Authority (Bridge Toll Revenue Bonds)
    • Equitable Facilities Fund (National Charter School Revolving Loan Fund Revenue Bonds; Direct School Loans)
    • Wonderful Foundations (Conduit Revenue Bonds to Finance National Charter School Portfolio)
    • California School Finance Authority (Charter School Revenue Bonds)
    • California Educational Facilities Authority (Higher Education Revenue Bonds)
    • California Community Choice Financing Authority (Clean Energy Prepay Bonds)
    • California Housing Finance Agency (Conduit Multifamily Housing Revenue Bonds)
    • California Municipal Finance Authority  (Conduit Multifamily Housing Revenue Bonds)
    • California Statewide Communities Development Authority (Conduit Multifamily Housing Revenue Bonds)
    • AC Transit (Certificates of Participation)
    • City of San Jose (Airport Revenue Bonds)
    • City of Richmond and Richmond Joint Powers Financing Authority (Wastewater Revenue Bonds and Lease Revenue Bonds)
    • San Diego Unified School District (General Obligation Bonds)
    • Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency (Capital Cost Recovery Prepayment Program Refunding Bonds)
    • Public Finance Authority (Revenue Bonds)

    Sean also serves as an outside legal advisor to For The People, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting prosecutors in implementing resentencing initiatives and ensuring successful reentry for formerly incarcerated individuals.