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Ben Brooks serves as bond counsel for cities, counties, school districts, special law districts, higher education authorities and other political subdivisions throughout Texas and elsewhere. He has been involved in the financing and development of airports, sports facilities, single- and multi-family housing, student loans, industrial development, health care, public power and regional water and sewer systems both as bond counsel and underwriters' counsel. In addition, he has experience drafting legislation authorizing public entities to finance their infrastructure and economic development programs.

Experience

Recent Notable Matters

Dallas Area Rapid Transit Authority — bond counsel to issuer in connection with $482.53 million of Senior Lien Sales Tax Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2016A

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport — bond counsel to issuer in connection with $280.43 million of Joint Revenue Refunding and Improvement Bonds, Series 2016A

Dallas Independent School District — bond counsel to issuer in connection with $29.55 million of Multi-Modal Unlimited Tax School Building Bonds, Series 2016B-1; $35.18 million of Multi-Modal Unlimited Tax School Building Bonds, Series 2016B-2; $37.6 million of Multi-Modal Unlimited Tax School Building Bonds, Series 2016B-3; $27.37 million of Multi-Modal Unlimited Tax School Building Bonds, Series 2016B-4; $18.16 million of Multi-Modal Unlimited Tax School Building Bonds, Series 2016B-5; and $118.585 million of Multi-Modal Unlimited Tax School Building Bonds, Series 2016B-6

City of Denton, Texas — underwriter’s counsel in connection with the issuance of $214.89 million of Utility System Revenue Bonds, Series 2017

Dallas County, Texas — bond counsel to issuer in connection with $167.9 million of Combination Tax and Parking Garage Revenue Certificates of Obligation, Series 2016

Southern Methodist University — bond counsel to issuer in connection with $25.25 million of Higher Education Revenue Bonds, Taxable Series 2016B and $118.545 million of Higher Education Revenue Bonds, Tax Exempt Series 2016A

Viridian Municipal Management District — bond counsel to issuer in connection with $8.23 million of Assessment Revenue Bonds, Series 2015; $21.59 million of Unlimited Tax Utility Improvement and Refunding Bonds, Series 2015; and $18.26 million of Unlimited Tax Road Improvement and Refunding Bonds, Series 2015

Credentials

Education

Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law,
J.D.
1974
The University of Texas at Austin,
B.B.A.
1971

Bar Admissions

Texas

Affiliations

Dallas Assembly
Downtown Dallas Inc.
Board member
National Association of Bond Lawyers; North Texas Commission
American College of Bond Counsel
Fellow

News

News

The Best Lawyers in America Recognize 74 Bracewell Attorneys

August 15, 2016
Best Lawyers, Woodward White, Inc.

Dallas ISD Deals $143M of Taxable Notes

December 3, 2013
Bond Buyer, The

Best Lawyers in America Recognizes Eighty-Eight Bracewell Attorneys

August 23, 2012
Best Lawyers, Woodward White, Inc.

Southwest Issuers Saw Volume Bounce Back in First Half

August 21, 2012
Bond Buyer - Online, The

DFW Deal Has Tricky Tax Issues

April 10, 2012
Bond Buyer, The

EXECUTIVE CHANGES

January 15, 2012
Dallas Morning News, The

Vinson & Elkins to exit Public Finance

December 14, 2011
Bond Buyer Online, The

V&E’s Public Finance Group Moves To Bracewell

December 13, 2011
The Texas Lawbook

Noteworthy

Events

Past Events