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Bill Avila's practice focuses on public finance law, specifically providing legal counsel, negotiating, drafting documents and securing governmental approvals. He has closed approximately 1,000 transactions, totaling more than $50 billion in aggregate principal amount of municipal bond transactions as bond counsel, underwriters' counsel, issuer's counsel, user's counsel and trustee's counsel for a variety of public infrastructure and improvement projects.

Bill is a frequent speaker at conferences for the State Bar of Texas, National Association of Bond Lawyers, Texas City Attorneys Association, Mexican American School Board Association and The Bond Buyer.

Experience

Recent Notable Matters

Bexar County, Texas — bond counsel to issuer in connection with $205.285 million Combination Tax and Revenue Certificates of Obligation, Series 2016, Series 2016A and Series 2016B; $248.415 million Limited Tax Refunding Bonds, Series 2016; and $101.74 million Flood Control Tax Refunding Bonds, Series 2016; and $113.61 million Combination Tax and Revenue Certificates of Obligation, Series 2016A and 2016B

Bexar County Hospital District — served as bond counsel to issuer in connection with $199.24 million Limited Tax Refunding Bonds, Series 2016

Housing Authority of the City of El Paso, Texas/Alamito Public Facilities Corporation — bond counsel to issuer in connection with $59 million Multifamily Mortgage Revenue Note, Series 2015A (HACEP RAD Conversion Program Phase I Project) and $65.375 million Multifamily Housing Revenue Bonds, Series 2015B (HACEP RAD Conversion Program Phase I Project); $5.22 million Multifamily Housing Revenue Note, Series 2016 (HACEP RAD Conversion Program Phase III-C Project) and $4 million Multifamily Housing Revenue Bonds, Series 2016 (HACEP RAD Conversion Program Phase III-C Project); $5.2 million Multifamily Housing Revenue Note, Series 2016A (HACEP RAD Conversion Program Phase III-B Project) and $3.1 million Multifamily Housing Revenue Note, Series 2016B (HACEP RAD Conversion Program Phase III-B Project)

Bexar County, Texas — bond counsel to issuer in connection with $75.21 million of Tax-Exempt Venue Project Subordinate Lien Revenue Bonds (Combined Venue Tax), Series 2015 and $78.935 million of Tax-Exempt Venue Project Revenue Refunding Bonds (Combined Venue Tax), Series 2015

Corpus Christi Independent School District — bond counsel to issuer in connection with $96.335 million Unlimited Tax Refunding Bonds, Series 2016; and $125 million Unlimited Tax School Building Bonds, Series 2015

Laredo Community College District — underwriter’s counsel in connection with the issuance of $14.4 million Limited Tax Refunding Bonds, Series 2016

City of Sugar Land, Texas — underwriter’s counsel in connection with the issuance of $31.71 million Waterworks and Sewer System Revenue and Refunding Bonds, Series 2016

Maverick County, Texas — bond counsel to issuer in connection with $18.69 million Limited Tax Refunding Bonds, Series 2016

Port Authority of San Antonio — bond counsel to issuer in connection with $25.42 million Special Project Lease Revenue Refunding Bonds, Taxable Series 2016 (Texas Military Value Revolving Loan Fund Restructuring and The Boeing Campus Project) and $10.96 million of Port Authority of San Antonio Variable Rate Subordinate Lien Revenue Refunding Bonds, Taxable Series 2013

Wisconsin Public Finance Authority — bond counsel to issuer in connection with $31.85 million Multifamily Housing Revenue Bonds (Oak Hollow Apartments Project), Senior Series 2017A; $8.41 million Multifamily Housing Revenue Bonds (Oak Hollow Apartments Project), Subordinate Series 2017B; $10 million Multifamily Housing Revenue Bonds (Meadow Creek Apartments Project), Senior Series 2017A, $4 million Multifamily Housing Revenue Bonds (Meadow Creek Apartments Project), Subordinate Series 2017B; and $3.775 million Multifamily Housing Revenue Bonds (Briar Creek Apartments Project), Senior Series 2017A, and $1.55 million Multifamily Housing Revenue Bonds (Briar Creek Apartments Project), Subordinate Series 2017B;

City of Shavano Park, Texas Higher Education Facilities Corporation — bond counsel to issuer in connection with $5.2 million of Tax-Exempt Loan Agreement, Series 2015 (The Montessori School of San Antonio Project)

City of Laredo, Texas — underwriter’s counsel in connection with the issuance of $14.175 of International Toll Bridge System Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2014; $3.885 million of International Toll Bridge System Revenue Refunding Bonds, Taxable Series 2014; and $17.365 million of Subordinate International Toll Bridge System Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2014

City of Laredo, Texas — underwriter’s counsel in connection with the issuance of $20.545 million of Sports Venue Sales Tax Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2014

North East Independent School District — underwriter’s counsel in connection with the issuance of $51.495 million of Unlimited Tax Refunding Bonds, Series 2015

Northside Independent School District — underwriter’s counsel in connection with the issuance of $73.545 million of Variable Rate Unlimited Tax School Building Bonds, Series 2016

San Antonio Independent School District — underwriter’s counsel in connection with the issuance of $100 million of Unlimited Tax School Building Commercial Paper Notes, Series A (2014); and $307.29 million of Unlimited Tax School Building and Refunding Bonds, Series 2015

City of San Antonio, Texas — underwriter’s counsel in connection with the 2014 Remarketing of $471.35 million of Electric and Gas Systems Variable Rate Junior Lien Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2012A

City of Floresville, Texas — underwriter’s counsel in connection with the issuance of $6.565 million of Floresville Electric Light and Power System Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2015; $8.935 million of Floresville Electric Light and Power System Improvement Revenue Bonds, Series 2014; and $2.015 million of Floresville Electric Light and Power System Junior Lien Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2014

Credentials

Education

The National Law Center, George Washington University,
J.D.
1981
University of Notre Dame,
M.A., Economics
1978
University of Notre Dame,
B.A., Economics
1977

Bar Admissions

Texas

Affiliations

State Bar of Texas
Bexar County Bar Association
American Bar Association
Business Law; Housing & Community Development Law; Urban Law; State Law; Local Government Law
National Hispanic Bar Association
Bexar County Mexican American Bar Association
Mexican American Bar Association of Texas
Texas City Attorneys Association
National Association of Bond Lawyers
Education Committee
Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce
San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Association of Hispanic Municipal Officials
Texas Association of School Boards
Texas Municipal League
Municipal Advisory Council of Texas
Texas Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers
Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas
Board Secretary
Catholic Archdiocese of San Antonio
Good Shepherd Network of Catholic Schools
Bexar County Visitors Tax Athletic Facilities Citizens Advisory Committee
Leadership San Antonio
Class 32
University of Notre Dame Undergraduate Admissions Office Recruiting Coordinator
San Antonio Area
Leadership San Antonio
Class 32
University of Notre Dame Undergraduate Admissions Office Recruiting Coordinator
San Antonio Area

News

News

Eagle Ford drilling up more public-finance demands

March 7, 2014
San Antonio Express-News

Bracewell Adds 4 to Public Finance Team in SA

October 3, 2013
Bond Buyer Online, The

City Attorney Stepping Down

October 3, 2013
KTSA-AM

City Attorney to return to private practice

October 2, 2013
San Antonio Express-News Online

Noteworthy

Noteworthy

Harlandale Independent School District
Certificate of Appreciation, 1992, 2000
Association of Hispanic Municipal Officials
Award of Appreciation, 1998
Mexican American School Board Association
Annual Recognition, 1996 - 1997
San Antonio Independent School District
Certificate of Appreciation, 1997
Notre Dame Club of San Antonio
Appreciation for Establishing "Irish Baseball Classic," 1997
St. Philip of Jesus Catholic School
Certificate of Appreciation, 1995
San Antonio Independent School District
Award of Appreciation, 1993
San Antonio City Council
Certificate of Appreciation for Service on the Small Business Advisory Panel , 1992
Marquis
Who's Who In American Law
1987; 1990 - 1992
Mexican American Bar Association of San Antonio
Outstanding Lawyer , 1992
Marquis
Who's Who In The South and Southwest
1991 - 1992
San Antonio Local Development Corporation
Outstanding Legal Services , 1983 - 1991
City of San Antonio, Texas
Outstanding Service to City Attorney's Office , 1983 - 1988
Marquis
Who's Who In Texas
1988
Outstanding Young Men of America
Outstanding Young Man of America, 1987
Marquis
Who's Who In Texas
1988
Outstanding Young Men of America
Outstanding Young Man of America, 1987