Former Commissioner of MA Department of Revenue Joins Nixon Peabody

Nixon Peabody LLP has expanded its nationally recognized Public Finance practice with the arrival of Navjeet K. Bal, an experienced public finance attorney and the immediate past Commissioner of Revenue for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Ms. Bal joins the firm’s Boston office as counsel.

Ms. Bal served as Commissioner since 2008 following an appointment by Governor Deval Patrick. She was responsible for overseeing the Department of Revenue's (DOR) approximately 2,200 employees in offices across the state who work in its Tax Administration, Child Support Enforcement, and Municipal Finance divisions.

In addition to her strong public sector experience, Ms. Bal has significant experience representing clients in the private sector. Prior to joining the DOR, she practiced in Mintz Levin’s public finance group for 17 years where she served as bond counsel, underwriter’s counsel, and borrower’s counsel in publicly and privately placed debt financings for governmental, quasi-public, and non-profit borrowers. Additionally, Ms. Bal served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Federation of Tax Administrators.

"Navjeet’s credentials, relationships with industry leaders and ability to deliver innovative work to clients in the public finance arena are a natural fit with our team. Navjeet will be closely working with one of our Boston-based public finance partner, Peter Johnson, who has been leading our expansion throughout Massachusetts and the Northeast,” said Michael A. Vaccari, partner and leader of Nixon Peabody’s Public Finance practice. “Navjeet already feels like part of the team because our attorneys have worked with her throughout the years.”

“Navjeet comes to Nixon Peabody with a reputation and capabilities that have earned her significant respect across the public finance industry,” said Andrew I. Glincher, CEO and Managing Partner of Nixon Peabody LLP. “Having her on our team strengthens our national public finance practice and offers clients a differentiating perspective when putting deals together.”

Ms. Bal is an active member in the Boston area and is recognized as a strong community leader. She is currently a board member and former chairperson of the Legal Advocacy and Resource Center in Boston, a legal services hotline center. Ms. Bal also previously served on a statewide commission under retired Chief Justice Herbert Wilkins that restructured the delivery of legal services in Massachusetts. Ms. Bal was recently elected to the Boston Bar Association Council, and is a member of the South Asian Bar Association of Greater Boston’s Advisory Board. She was a recipient of the National South Asian Bar Association’s Cornerstone Award in 2008. Ms. Bal received her B.A. from Williams College and her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law. Ms. Bal is a 2011 recipient of a Bicentennial Medal award from Williams College.

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