Tala A. Woods is a Partner in the Jacksonville office of Shutts & Bowen LLP, where she is a member of the Government Law Practice Group.

Tala focuses her practice on public finance and government law. She has experience in a variety of public finance transactions including governmental bonds and private activity bonds.  She has represented issuers of certificates of participation, revenue bonds, refunding bonds, variable rate debt obligations and tax-exempt leasing. With regards to private activity issuances, Tala has acted as bond counsel and borrower’s counsel in conduit issuances involving continuing care retirement communities, colleges, hospitals and other 501(c)3 organizations. Her clients have included school districts and other state and local governmental entities including, community development districts, cities, counties and public utilities.  She has also represented non-governmental entities on tax-exempt transactions, including banks, underwriter syndicates and trustees. 

Prior to her legal career, Tala worked as an investment portfolio manager for the trust company of a large national bank association.  As an investment portfolio manager, she managed the assets held in trust accounts, including debt and equity investments.  During her tenure in this position, she earned the designation of Chartered Financial Analyst.



  • University of Florida College of Law, J.D., December 2000
  • University of Florida, B.S., Business Administration, May 1993

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  • Florida

Professional and Civic

  • National Association of Bond Lawyers
  • Women of Public Finance
  • Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)

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