Francine Thornton Boone is Special Counsel, Commerce and Regulatory Compliance, for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (“SEPTA”) Office of General Counsel—Corporate Law. In this position, Ms. Boone serves as lead in-house counsel on all Energy and Sustainability projects. Her work includes the award-winning Wayside Energy Storage System (expansion) project; the RINs project for electric trolley buses; the SEPTA solar PPA; and the off-site renewable energy project. Ms. Boone negotiated and provided legal counsel on SEPTA’s Guaranteed Energy Savings Agreements and ESCOs for energy conservation measures (“ECMs”) located at commercial, office, and industrial properties, including a CHP Plant, and on vehicles (LED/lighting). Ms. Boone also serves as lead counsel on commercial, construction, real estate, tax, and business transactions throughout southeastern Pennsylvania.
Prior to joining SEPTA, Ms. Boone served as General Counsel of SBG Management Services, Inc., a company that owns and manages approximately 1,000 multi-family, retail, and commercial units/properties in the Greater Philadelphia area. Ms. Boone held dual positions of Co-Managing Partner and General Counsel for Boone Properties, LLC; its portfolio has included office, retail, and multi-family assets. Previously, as Associate General Counsel for Drexel University and lead counsel for real estate and commercial matters, Ms. Boone litigated zoning and tax appeals, drafted construction and real estate documents, and advised on public finance, non-profit, and business-related issues. She served as an attorney in the Major Business Tax Unit of the Philadelphia City Solicitor’s Office, where Ms. Boone achieved an extremely high success rate in litigating matters to judgment. As a Senior Regional Attorney for the FDIC (New York, NY), she handled numerous cases of “first impression” on “closed bank” issues and negotiated multi-million dollar workouts with large developers. Ms. Boone served as the Real Estate Tax Manager for The Stop & Shop, Cos., Inc. (Boston, MA), which then held a real estate portfolio of nearly $1 billion, including supermarkets, shopping centers, and discount department stores, from Maine to North Carolina.
Ms. Boone graduated from Temple University School of Law and Hampton University with Honors. Ms. Boone received the “Lawyers of Distinction 2018” Award for “Excellence in Corporate & Transactional Law”, received The Philadelphia Tribune “Women Achieving 2018” Award, and received the General Manager of SEPTA’s “Employee Recognition Award” (June 2018). She resides in Philadelphia with her husband and has two adult daughters.