Utley, John

470 U.S. Bank Plaza200 South 6th StreetMinneapolis, MN 55402- 1458

Updated: 02/27/2017


John Utley is a shareholder and former president of Kennedy & Graven, Chartered, and practices primarily in the area of Public Finance. Public Finance is the area of law dealing with the issuance of municipal bonds and other obligations by the States of the United States and by the political subdivisions of the States. An accomplished bond attorney must have attained expertise in local government laws with respect to the issuance of municipal bonds (and related subjects...


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Current Employment Position(s)

  • Shareholder & Former President

Practice Areas

  • Public Finance


Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 1977
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 1978

Other Affiliations

  • Hennepin County Bar Association (Member)
  • Minnesota State Bar Association (Member)
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers (Member)
  • American College of Bond Counsel (Fellow)

Classes and Seminars

  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Federal Income Tax, William Mitchell College of Law, 1994 - 1996
  • Legal Writing Instructor, William Mitchell College of Law, 1992 - 1993
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Municipal Bond Seminar, University of Minnesota Law School, 1982

Past Positions

  • Gray, Plant, Mooty, Mooty & Bennett, P.A., Shareholder, 1995 - 1998
  • Mackel, Crounse & Moore, Shareholder, 1988 - 1994
  • Holmes & Graven, Chartered, Associate/Shareholder, 1977 - 1988


  • William Mitchell College of Law, St Paul, Minnesota, 1988
    Master of Law
    Honors: magna cum laude
    Major: Taxation
  • William Mitchell College of Law, St Paul, Minnesota, 1977
    Juris Doctor
    Honors: cum laude
  • Bemidji State College, Bemidji, Minnesota, 1972
    Bachelor of Arts
    Honors: cum laude
    Major: Philosophy


Published Works

  • "The Tax-Free Municipal Bond: A Security in Decline?", 6 Journal of Taxation of Investments 267, 1989
  • "Qualified Issuers of Tax-exempt Obligations", 9 Municipal Finance Journal 181, 1988
  • "The Tax-exempt Status of Interest on Condemnation Awards", 8 Municipal Finance Journal 121, 1987

Office Information


470 U.S. Bank Plaza200 South 6th StreetMinneapolis, MN 55402- 1458


  • 612-337-9310

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