Heyward is a Shareholder and member of the Public Finance and Economic Development & Incentives practice groups at Maynard Cooper.
Heyward has more than 30 years of experience in the area of municipal, public and commercial finance. His skills and accomplishments as a finance lawyer have earned him numerous accolades, among which is his esteemed recognition every year since 2010 as a Leading Practitioner in the area of Banking and Finance: Public Finance by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business. He is also consistently listed in The Best Lawyers in America© in the area of Banking and Finance Law.
Heyward has served as bond counsel to numerous cities, counties, boards of education, hospitals and health care organizations, non-profit (including Section 501 (c)(3)) organizations, water/sewer/gas utility systems, housing authorities and solid waste disposal authorities in Alabama. He has also served as bond counsel to airport authorities, industrial development boards, educational and public building authorities for state, county and school agencies, commercial and redevelopment authorities, and improvement districts and cooperative districts for commercial and residential development across the state.
Heyward has also served as special counsel to commercial banks in providing secured and unsecured financing to public and private organizations (including private and public financings involving loans, leases and letters of credit) in Alabama and other states. He has also been special counsel to underwriters, financial advisors and placement agents in public financings. His special counsel work also includes serving private organizations and public bodies in Alabama with respect to state and local tax incentives for business and economic development and public/private partnerships. He has also performed work to Alabama cities and counties in the levy of various taxes as well as public bodies in preparation of legislation and constitutional amendments.
From May, 1976 to August, 1996, Heyward served 3 years on active duty and 17 years on active reserve in the United States Navy, obtaining the rank of Commander.
Heyward received his J.D. from the Vanderbilt University School of Law, and he holds a B.A. cum laude from Vanderbilt University.