William G. Capko

Shareholder | West Palm Beach

Mr. Capko has practiced governmental law in Florida for more than 35 years and has extensive experience in public finance, local government, special districts, legislative and utilities and land use law.  He is chair of the firm’s Public Finance Practice Group.

Areas of Practice

  • Serves as bond counsel with respect to both governmental and private-use bonds issued by municipalities, counties, authorities and special districts throughout Florida, including new money transactions and refundings.

  • Serves as counsel to the issuer and disclosure counsel regarding public finance transactions, assisting general and special purpose governmental entities.

  • Serves as underwriter's counsel on public finance transactions in Florida, representing national and regional investment banking firms.

  • Represents developers and conduit borrowers in public finance transactions.

  • Served as bond counsel for successful financings undertaken by Palm Beach County, the Town of Jupiter, the Okeechobee Utility Authority, South Indian River Water Control District and the Florida Green Finance Authority, among others.

  • Serves as general counsel to a number of special districts, including South Indian River Water Control District, Old Palm Community Development District, CityPlace Community Development District and Portofino Shores Community Development District, among others.

  • Represents public and private clients before the Florida Legislature, the Governor and Cabinet and local governments in matters involving state and local government approvals, regulatory issues and financial transactions.

  • Has extensive experience in state government in Florida: served as Assistant General Counsel to the Department of Banking and Finance, Cabinet Aide to the Comptroller, Counsel to the Palm Beach County Legislative Delegation, and as staff to the House Committee on Rules and Calendar and the Senate Economic, Community and Consumer Affairs Committee.

  • Possesses significant experience in local government in Florida: served as Chief Assistant County Attorney for Palm Beach County, Chief Counsel for the Palm Beach County Water Utilities Department, Acting Town Attorney for the Town of Jupiter and Counsel to the Palm Beach County Value Adjustment Board; served fourteen terms as Chairman of the Jupiter Planning and Zoning Commission.

Publications and Presentations

  • Lectured on Bonds and Other Long Term Debt Options at the Florida Special Districts Conference, 1997-1998 and on Community Development District Issues in 2003, 2004, 2006-2008, 2017.

  • Presented the State Law Update at The Florida Bar Public Finance in Florida Seminar, 2001, 1999, 1993; and the Legislative Update at The Florida Bar Annual Local Government Law in Florida Seminar, 2000.

Professional, Civic and Community Involvement

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated

  • Appointed by Governor and Cabinet, Florida Beach Access Advisory Committee

  • Jupiter Planning and Zoning Commission, Appointed 1990; Chairman, 1992-2006

  • Jupiter Charter Review Committee Member, 1993-1997, 2003, 2008-2009

  • Jupiter Children’s Foundation, Inc., President of Board of Directors

  • The Florida Bar: City, County and Local Government Section and Environmental and Land Use Law Section, Member

  • National Association of Bond Lawyers, Member

  • Government Finance Officers Association, Associate Members

  • Indiantown Road Corridor Association, Board Member

  • St. Peter Parish Finance Council, Member