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Wallace, Barron F.
Barron F. Wallace
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Kristine Porter


Barron co-chairs the firm’s Public Finance Practice.  He focuses on public finance, urban infrastructure and transportation development and public/private partnerships. His experience spans traditional municipal finance, tax increment finance, urban redevelopment, and various public law.  He has been honored repeatedly as one of the “Best Lawyers in America” for Public Finance.

Barron serves as bond counsel for cities, counties, state agencies, and special districts, including local government corporations. He represents national and regional investment banking firms as underwriters counsel. He also advises conduit bond issuers, tax increment reinvestment zones, local government corporations and certain special districts as general counsel or special counsel.

Barron is very active in civic leadership.  He serves on the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, the Museum of Fine Arts-Houston, Houston Parks Board, YMCA of Greater Houston, St. John’s School, Discovery Green-Downtown Park Corporation, and the NFL/NFLPA Research and Education Foundation.

Representative Matters

Serving as bond counsel to state agencies; cities, school districts and community colleges in other regions of the state.

Serving as bond counsel to the Houston airport systems relating to revenue bonds, commercial paper programs and special facilities matters.

Serving as bond counsel to the Regional Mobility Authorities.

Serving as bond counsel and special counsel to various local government corporations and special districts.

Representing regional and national underwriters and commercial banks relating to general obligation, revenue, project finance, transportation, and other transactions.

Representing tax increment reinvestment zones responsible for stimulating over a billion dollars of new investment.

Representing and advising developers on urban development and various tax incentives and/or grants relating to public/private partnerships.

Representative Transactions

$709.7 million Texas Public Finance Authority Unemployment Compensation Obligation Assessment Revenue Bonds, Series 2014A and 2014B

$500 million Texas Public Finance Authority Texas Windstorm Insurance Association Premium Revenue Taxable Bonds, Series 2014 (Underwriters’ Counsel)

$636.7 million City of Houston Airport System Special Facilities Taxable Revenue Refunding Bonds (Consolidated Rental Car Facility Project), Series 2014, Airport System Special Facilities Revenue Refunding Bonds (United Airlines, Inc. Terminal Improvement Projects), Series 2014 (AMT), 2015B-1, 2015B-2 and 2015C

$450 million City of Houston Public Airport System Inferior Lien Appropriation Facility Revenue Bonds, Series 2015

$657.3 millionCity of Houston Public Improvement Refunding Bonds, Series 2014A and General Obligation Commercial Paper Notes, Series E-2 2015, Series G-1 2015, Series G-2 2015, and Series E-1 2015

$627.6 million Harris County Sports Authority Senior Lien Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2014A and 2014C, and Taxable Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2014 and 2014B

$323.4 million Texas Water Development Board General Obligation Bonds, State of Texas Water Financial Assistance Bonds, Series 2015D, and State Revolving Fund Revenue Bonds, Series 2012

$115.9 million Port of Houston Unlimited Tax Refunding Bonds, Series 2015A, 2015B (AMT) and 2015C (Taxable)

$147 million Houston Independent School District Variable Rate Limited Tax Schoolhouse Bonds, Series 2013B

$77 million Aldine Independent School District Unlimited Tax School Building Bonds, Series 2014 and 2015

$76.8 million Spring Independent School District Unlimited Tax Refunding Bonds, Series 2014 and 2016

$46.7 million Midtown Redevelopment Authority Tax Increment Contract Revenue and Refunding Bonds, Series 2015 and 2011

$28.7 million Cameron County Regional Mobility Authority Contract Revenue Bonds, Series 2010A and 2010B


J.D., University of Michigan Law School, 1989
B.A., The University of Texas at Austin, 1986

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Board of Directors, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County
Board of Directors & Executive Committee, Houston Parks Board
Board of Trustees, St. John's School
Board of Trustees, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Board of Directors, YMCA of Greater Houston
Board of Directors, NFL/NFLPA Research and Education Foundation
Board of Directors, Discovery Green-Downtown Park Corporation
National Association of Bond Lawyers
Texas Bar Foundation, Member since 2003
Houston Bar Foundation
Center for Houston's Future, 2001 Class II
American Leadership Forum, 2006 Class XXIV
Member, Texas Lyceum 


Chair, 2013 Panel - Underwriters Counsel Roundtable
Chair, 15th Annual Bond Buyer Texas Public Finance Conference, 2011
American College of Bond Counsel, inducted as a Fellow, 2010
Woodward/White, Inc., Best Lawyers, 2006-2017
Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™ Rating