We build long-term, trusted financial advisory relationships with our clients by delivering custom tailored objective solutions for our clients. Our experience and tacit knowledge in the public finance sector allows us to provide unique solutions, no matter how big or small the job might be, our focus is to deliver optimal results.
MANAGEMENT TEAM HISTORY
Longtime industry colleagues Robert A. Tijerina, Adrian Galvan, and Tom Lawrence, each with over 27 years of public finance and investment experience, joined together in 2019 as Tijerina Galvan Lawrence LLC (“TGL”). Their individual backgrounds include experience from accountancy and law to financial advisory and quantitative analysis, uniquely positioning TGL to provide well-rounded advice.
TGL provides financial advisory services to local municipalities, supporting their growth and contributing to the advancement of their communities.
With over 95 years of combined experience, TGL guides its clients through the bond issuance process, providing market expertise, structuring capabilities, and creative solutions to support them through each step and achieve the lowest cost financing.
By serving only as a financial advisor, TGL is able to advocate for its clients’ best interests and earn their trust as a fiduciary.
Over 95+ years of combined experience
Robert A. Tijerina
CEO & Managing Director
Robert A. Tijerina serves as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of TGL and is responsible for the firm’s overall management, as well as relationship development and bond transaction execution.
Mr. Tijerina has nearly 30 years of experience in public finance and investments, having served as lead or co-lead banker with cities, counties, community colleges, school districts, and utility systems on more than 400 transactions totaling over $4.6 billion. Mr. Tijerina assists municipalities with their plan of finance, structuring tax-exempt and taxable financings, planning for bond elections and town hall meetings, and preparing rating agency and bond insurance presentations.
Prior to TGL, Mr. Tijerina spent nearly 18 years as Managing Director with Estrada Hinojosa & Co., Inc., providing both financial advisory and underwriting services. Before that, he spent nearly 12 years with Texas Treasury Department and the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts as an investment officer.
Mr. Tijerina holds a Bachelor of Arts from Texas Lutheran University and a Master of Business Administration from Texas State University. He is registered with the MSRB as a Municipal Advisor Representative (Series 50).
COO, CCO & Managing Director
Adrian Galvan serves as Managing Director, Chief Operating Officer (COO), and Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) of TGL and is responsible for the firm’s overall quantitative analysis, and transaction structuring supervision.
Mr. Galvan has over 27 years of experience in public finance, having personally structured over 1,300 bond financings totaling more than $28 billion. Mr. Galvan has significant experience in structuring complex project financings (both tax-exempt and taxable), developing short- and long-term plans of finance for issuers of various sizes, and managing all phases of financing from the initial approval process to closing.
Prior to TGL, Mr. Galvan spent 23 years with a regional broker-dealer firm, providing both financial advisory and underwriting services. He started his career with Public Financial Management, Inc. (PFM) in their Philadelphia headquarters.
Mr. Galvan holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is registered with the MSRB as a Municipal Advisor Representative (Series 50) and as a Municipal Advisor Principal (Series 54).
Tom Lawrence established Lawrence Financial Consulting (“LFC”) in 1998 following more than 20 years of experience as a financial advisor, investment banker, tax and securities lawyer, and accountant. When Robert A. Tijerina and Adrian Galvan joined the company in 2019, the company name was changed to Tijerina Galvan Lawrence LLC.
In 2020, Mr. Lawrence retired from TGL’s municipal advisory activities but continues to serve TGL in an administrative capacity, including compliance and accounting services.
Prior to establishing the company, Mr. Lawrence managed the public finance department for a regional broker-dealer firm, providing both underwriting and financial advisory services. He served as lead financial advisor for the Texas Public Finance Authority, assisted the Texas Association of School Boards with its pooled financing programs for Texas school districts, and was instrumental in establishing the Lone Star Investment Pool (LSIP), including the preparation of all LSIP creation and initial marketing documents.
Mr. Lawrence holds a BSBA from John Carroll University and a JD from Case Western Reserve University School of Law and is registered with the MSRB as a Municipal Advisor Representative (Series 50) and as a Municipal Advisor Principal (Series 54).
Esther Young serves as Senior Consultant to TGL and is responsible for business development and transaction structuring and execution.
Esther has over eight years of experience in public finance and municipal investment having structured more than $4 billion of municipal debt for a range of issuers including cities, counties, utilities, school districts, higher education authorities, transit and transportation authorities, housing authorities, special districts, and public private partnerships. Esther assists issuers with structuring complex project financing, developing short- and long-term plans of finance, and managing all phases of financing from bond election to closing.
Prior to TGL, Esther spent over seven years as a public finance investment banker and analyst at a regional broker-dealer firm, providing both financial advisory and underwriting services. Most recently, she acted as an originator for direct investments to municipal development projects, evaluating the creditworthiness of projects in various sectors across the country and developing new business relationships.
Esther holds a Bachelor of Science in Business and Finance from the University of Alabama. She is registered with the MSRB as a Municipal Advisor Representative (Series 50) and as a Municipal Advisor Principal (Series 54).
Nancy Mendoza serves as a Consultant to TGL and provides technical and research support for the firm. She has exceptional experience in the preparation of offering documents and continuing disclosure reports. Ms. Mendoza also coordinates closing requirements for our clients’ bond transactions.
Prior to joining the firm as Consultant, Nancy served as an Executive Coordinator at Deloitte. During her time there she played an integral role in supporting the success of the practice by providing a variety of administrative services to Principals and Managing Directors. Before that, she spent nine years at a regional broker dealer where she coordinated the maintenance of calendars and the preparation of legal and offering documents.
Nancy graduated from the University of North Texas in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.
Jose Razo serves as Associate to TGL and is responsible for supporting the firm’s quantitative analysis and transaction structuring.
Mr. Razo has over eight years of experience in public finance having served in various credit analyst roles, and most recently as a commercial banker. Prior to TGL, Mr. Razo served as a Relationship Manager at Regions Bank. In this role, he managed a portfolio of $500 million in credit exposure. He was also tasked with fostering existing relationships and originating new loans and banking services with a focus on municipalities, public schools, and utilities. Mr. Razo started his career as a credit analyst at S&P Global Ratings having rotated between Local Governments, Utilities, and Corporate Ratings.
Mr. Razo holds a Bachelor of Accountancy from New Mexico State University.
Olivia Tijerina serves as an Administrative Associate to TGL. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2021 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Government.