Serena Nowell is the Founder and Managing Member of Nowell Sparks LLC. She is an accomplished attorney with over twenty-five years of diverse experience. She began practicing local government law with the law department of a large metropolitan municipality, where she successfully defended civil rights, employment discrimination and sexual harassment lawsuits. She also served as a trusted advisor to the city’s public safety and finance departments. She currently represents cities, counties and public authorities in the areas of general municipal law, public finance, economic development, budget and fiscal policy (development and implementation), employment and public safety policy and procedure.
In addition to being an accomplished counselor and litigator, Serena is a respected municipal finance professional, having served as bond counsel, disclosure counsel, underwriter’s counsel and issuer’s counsel in a wide variety of municipal finance transactions with a value of more than $5 billion. In 2015, the firm achieved the distinction of ranking third in the Top Five Bond Counsel Firms in the State of Georgia by The Bond Buyer in its Southeast Midyear Review. In her role as issuer’s counsel, she has established and implemented internal processes to evaluate and improve compliance with primary and secondary disclosure obligations under applicable federal securities laws. She is also experienced in advising clients regarding their continuing disclosure obligations pursuant to SEC Rule 15c2-12 and on post issuance compliance matters.
Serena is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, the National Association of Bond Lawyers and the American Bar Association (Sections on Individual Rights and Responsibilities and State and Local Government Law). She is a member of the Editorial Board of the ABA’s Human Rights Magazine. She has previously served as a member of the Steering Committee for NABL’s annual Bond Attorneys Workshop, a faculty member for the annual Fundamentals of Bond Law Seminar and as Chair of the Diversity Committee.
Serena is a graduate of Howard University School of Law, where she served on the editorial board of the Howard Law Journal. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Boston University.