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Steve Gerdes has focused his practice during most of his career on the tax aspects of state and local government obligations. His practice has covered the full range of tax-exempt obligations appearing in the marketplace, including governmental new money, commercial paper and working capital financings, and current and advance refundings. These transactions also include exempt facility bond financings such as seaport and airport financings, student loan financings, solid waste and sewage financings, single- and multi-family housing financings, as well as professional sports facility and development district financings.

His clients have included cities, counties, school districts, universities and other types of political subdivisions within the State of Texas, investment banking firms active in Texas, and other law firms requiring the services of special tax counsel.



Harvard Law School,
University of Illinois,

Bar Admissions



American College of Bond Counsel
Bond Attorneys' Workshop
Panelist, 1984 - 2004; 2007; Steering Committee, 1997 - 1999
National Association of Bond Lawyers Arbitrage Seminar
Faculty, 1988 - 1994; Vice Chair, 1993; Chair, 1994
American Bar Association
State Bar of Texas
Member and Former Chair, Tax-Exempt Finance Committee, Section of Taxation



The Best Lawyers in America Recognize 74 Bracewell Attorneys

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

Texas Super Lawyers 2013 Recognizes Thirty-Nine Bracewell Attorneys

August 19, 2013
Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters

Texas Super Lawyers 2012 Recognizes Thirty-One Bracewell Attorneys

September 10, 2012
Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters

Best Lawyers in America Recognizes Eighty-Eight Bracewell Attorneys

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

People in businessPeople in business

December 24, 2011
Houston Chronicle Online/chron.com

Vinson & Elkins to exit Public Finance

December 14, 2011
Bond Buyer Online, The

Bracewell & Giuliani snags V&E public finance team

December 13, 2011
Business Journals, The

V&E’s Public Finance Group Moves To Bracewell

December 13, 2011
The Texas Lawbook



Woodward/White, Inc.
Best Lawyers
Public Finance Law, 2005 - 2018; Tax Law , 2017 - 2018; Houston Lawyer of the Year, Public Finance Law, 2012, 2016, 2018
Thomson Reuters
Texas Super Lawyers
2012 - 2017