Eric E. Ballou


804.697.4122 (p)
804.697.6122 (f)

Professional Affiliations

American College of Bond Counsel
• Fellow

National Association of Bond Lawyers
• Education Committee, Chair, 2009-2011; Vice-chair, 2007-2009
• Board of Directors, 2000-2001
• Bond Attorneys’ Workshop, Chair, 2001
• Fundamentals of Municipal Bond Law Seminar, Chair, 1998

Virginia State Bar

Virginia Bar Association
• Transportation Section, Chair, 2004-2007

The Bar Association of the City of Richmond

Local Government Attorneys Association

Bond Club of Virginia

Community Involvement

Northstar Academy
• Board of Trustees, 2011-2015

Westminster Canterbury Management Corporation
• Finance Committee, 2013-2016
• Board of Trustees, 2009-2013

Eric E. Ballou is a partner in the firm’s Business Law department and has overall responsibilities for its public finance sector. Mr. Ballou’s primary practice focuses on public finance, transportation and local government matters, including traditional governmental finance, securities, state and local government law and public/private partnerships. He not only represents public sector clients on a transactional basis, but also serves in a general counsel capacity to local and regional governmental entities.

Representative Matters

  • Represent issuers, borrowers, underwriters, lenders and trustees in a wide range of tax-exempt and taxable transactions, with an emphasis on governmental, transportation, 501(c)(3) and education financing, including governmental project financings and private activity bond matters.

Select Presentations

  • Numerous lectures and presentations at aviation conferences and National Association of Bond Lawyers seminars since 1993
  • "Financing Regional Projects," Infrastructure Financing Conference, 2012
  • "Airport Agreements and Airport Liability 101," Virginia Bar Association, 2007
  • "Show Me the Money – Highway Transportation Funding in Virginia," Virginia Bar Association, 2005
  • "Secondary Market Disclosure Update – SEC Rule 15c2-12," Virginia Government Finance Officers Association, 2005
  • "Debt Issuance in Virginia," Virginia Government Finance Officers Association, 2003-2004
  • "Airport Finance in a Post 9/11 Environment," Virginia Airport Operators Council Spring Workshop, 2002
  • "Virginia Airports Revolving Fund," Local Government Financing Conference, 2002
  • "Airports Revolving Fund and Airport Bond Financing," Local Government Financing Conference, 2001
  • "GASB 34," Bond Attorneys' Workshop, 2000
  • Faculty, Georgetown University Institute for Tax-Exempt Bonds, 2000

Practice Areas

Public Finance
Municipal Governance
Business Organizations and Corporations


University of Virginia School of Law, J.D.
Editorial Board, Virginia Law Review
Order of the Coif
Raven Society

University of Virginia, B.A., with highest distinction
Phi Beta Kappa


• Virginia


• Hon. Richard L. Williams, U.S. District Court Judge, Eastern District of Virginia


The Best Lawyers in America©  
• Public Finance Law, 2006-2018

Virginia Super Lawyers
• Bonds/Government Finance, 2006-2015

Legal Elite (Virginia Business)
• Business Law, 2005-2010