Kathleen C. McKinney

Shareholder  |  Greenville

Meet Kathy

Kathy McKinney assists healthcare and educational institutions in acquisitions, expansions and affiliations, with a focus on addressing legal strategies for taxable and tax-exempt debt and other financing options.

She has also been bond, issuers’, disclosure and underwriters’ counsel in revenue bond issues, resulting in $4 billion of capital investment in South Carolina in the past three years.

She serves as bond counsel for many of South Carolina’s leading hospitals. Kathy also serves as bond counsel for colleges and universities, charter schools, foundations and continuing care retirement and life care projects. She has assisted in establishing best practices in corporate governance for public and nonprofit institutions.

Kathy served as an Independent Director of the FHLBanks Office of Finance Board of Directors from 2010-2022, where she served on the Audit Committee and was Vice Chair of the Governance Committee. Kathy was the first South Carolinian to hold this position. She has been elected to serve a four-year term as an Independent Director of the Federal Home Loan Bank – Atlanta.

  • University of South Carolina, J.D., cum laude, 1978
  • University of South Carolina, B.A., summa cum laude, 1975
  • South Carolina, 1978
  • U.S. District Court, South Carolina, 1979
Honors and Awards
  • Best Lawyers® 2024 Public Finance Law “Lawyer of the Year” Greenville
  • Chambers USA Banking & Finance (2020-2023) and Corporate/M&A: Banking & Finance (2006-2019)
  • The Best Lawyers in America© Economic Development Law (2011-2024) and Public Finance Law (2003-2024)
  • South Carolina Super Lawyers® Government Finance (2014-2024)
  • Best Lawyers® 2019 Public Finance Law “Lawyer of the Year” Greenville
  • Best Lawyers® 2017 Economic Development Law “Lawyer of the Year” Greenville
  • Greenville Business Magazine “Legal Elite of the Upstate” Banking and Finance Law (2013, 2019), Economic Development (2022-2023) and Government Finance Law (2022-2023)
  • University of South Carolina School of Law Alumni Association “Compleat Lawyer Award - Platinum” 2013
  • University of South Carolina Honors College “Distinguished Alumna” 2013
  • Frederick O. Kiel Distinguished Service Award for extraordinary service to National Association of Bond Lawyers 2013
  • Greenville Business Magazine “Women Who Lead” 2012
  • South Carolina Lawyers Weekly Leadership in Law Award 2010
  • “50 Most Influential” in Greenville 2010
  • South Carolina Law Review, Executive Editor
  • Order of Wig and Robe
Professional and Civic Activities
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers, President (2009-2010), former steering committee chair of Bond Attorneys’ Workshop, former faculty member of Fundamentals of Municipal Bond Law, Bond Attorneys’ Workshop and Tax and Securities Law Institute programs
  • American College of Bond Counsel, Fellow, Executive Committee (2020-Present)
  • Federal Home Loan Bank – Atlanta, Independent Director (2023-Present), Audit Committee, Finance Committee, Housing and Community Investment Committee
  • Federal Home Loan Bank Office of Finance Board of Directors (2010-2022), Independent Director, Audit Committee and Vice Chair of Governance Committee
  • South Carolina Historical Society, Board of Managers (2024-Present)
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Textile Conservation Visiting Committee (2019-Present)
  • Spartanburg Methodist College, Board of Trustees (2020-Present), Immediate Past Chair
  • Sigal Music Museum, Board of Directors, Chair (2022-Present)
  • Leadership South Carolina, Advisory Committee
  • Greenville Humane Society, former Executive Committee Member
  • South Carolina Policy Council Audubon Society
  • Metropolitan Arts Council, Endowment Board
  • Riley Institute at Furman’s Diversity Leaders Initiative, Upstate Class III, Fall 2005
  • South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities, former Chair of the Board of Trustees
  • Furman University, former Chair of the Board of Trustees
  • South Carolina State Museum Foundation, former Board Member
  • Greenville Symphony Orchestra, former Executive Committee, former Endowment Board Member
  • South Carolina Children’s Theatre, former President
  • Upcountry History Museum, former President
  • Upstate South Carolina Alliance, Founder
  • South Carolina Bar
Presentations and Publications
  • “Healthcare Tax-Exempt Training,” Temple University Executive MBA Program, April 2022
  • “Healthcare: Tax Exempt Bond Market Update,” Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP Spring Accounting Forum, April 28, 2017