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Avila, William T.
William T. Avila
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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.

Representative Matters

Authorization and issuance of public debt and projects authorized under Texas law, for both "new money" and refunding financings, payable from an assortment of taxes, revenues, and combinations thereof, including bond, economic development and athletic and community venue elections, general obligation tax bonds, notes and other obligations, revenue bonds, lease purchases of both real and personal property, special project bonds, tax anticipation notes, time warrants, including public offerings, private placements, as well as financings through Texas Water Development Board, Texas Military Preparedness Commission, HUD, USDA, US Department of Commerce, North American Development Bank, and for fixed rate, variable rate, and multi-modal debt of all types for state and local governments, and agencies created by and on their behalf, and private 501 (c)(3) charitable non-profit organizations.

Work on traditional municipal projects - streets, roads, bridges, drainage facilities, libraries, schools, parking facilities, administrative office and maintenance facilities, parks, playgrounds, golf courses, playing fields, and other recreational facilities, stadiums, arenas, and similar sports facilities, civic centers, conventional facilities, including hotels, municipal utilities and enterprise facilities, such as public power facilities, including electric generation, transmission and distribution facilities, gas transmission and distribution facilities, power plants, water systems, wastewater collection, treatment and disposal systems, pollution control facilities, transportation facilities, such as airports, terminals and airplane hangars, closed or re-designed military base development projects, port facilities, toll roads, toll bridges and international bridges, educational facilities such as elementary, middle and secondary schools, athletic, maintenance and administrative facilities, universities, colleges and junior and community colleges, student housing, housing facilities, including for-profit, non-profit, public, and governmental multi-family housing, single-family housing, economic and industrial development facilities and health facilities.

Consultation and advice in, and preparation and negotiation of documents for, and oversight of compliance with procedural requirements applicable to, the authorization, financing, acquisition, improvement, development construction and use of real and personal property, review, interpretation, and application of federal, state and local laws and regulations, and advocacy on behalf of or before, federal, state and local bodies.

Additional services include representation of public and private clients in real estate, corporate, finance, administrative matters, and in the utilization of various economic, community, housing, and business development tools available to local governments, such as "private-activity bond" financings, tax increment financing, tax phase-ins, special assessments, hotel tax and sales tax financings, along with, in the development of other tools through legislative initiatives, as well as providing legal counsel in interpreting, structuring, negotiating, drafting, securing governmental approvals and closing financing packages, public/private partnerships, and interlocal cooperation projects for economic and community development programs, projects, and activities, including conduit tax-exempt bond transactions, tax abatements, tax increment financing, federal funded grant and loan programs, small business lending and contracting programs, single-family and multi-family housing, neighborhood revitalization, and student housing, including matters related to Community Development Block Grant activities, projects, and programs, Urban Development Action Grants projects, programs and activities, U.S. Department of Commerce programs, projects and activities, U.S. Small Business Administration programs, activities and projects and base closure and re-alignment programs, projects and activities.


"Legal Differences Between: General Municipal Project, Community Development Project, And Economic Development Project," NSIDE: NSide Business Magazine, March/April 2010.

"Methods Of Funding Economic Development," NSIDE: NSide Business Magazine, January/February 2010.

"Municipal Bonds and the Role of Bond Counsel," NSIDE: NSide Business Magazine, November/December 2009.

"Legal Steps In Developing A Community Development Corporation," St. Mary's University Neighborhood Revitalization Task Force, Orientation Meeting, October 29, 2007.

"Multi-Jurisdictional Bond Financing Infrastructure Projects," International Municipal Lawyers Association: Annual Conference, October 5, 2004.

"Municipal Bond Financing Authority, Cross Border Transportation Projects," United States/Mexico Federal Joint Working Committee, March 2, 2004.

"Alternative Forms Of Financing Public Infrastructure In Ecuador: Municipal Bond Financing Authority In Texas," ARD Ecuador: Texas Study Tour On Effective Decentralization, June 24, 2003.

"Texas School District Debt Issues," Texas Society Of CPAs: 2002 Texas School District Accounting & Auditing Conference, June 10, 2002.

"Legal And Financial Challenges To Cross-Border Infrastructure Development And Finance," 1st Annual South Texas - Northern Mexico Leadership Forum; 2002 Focus: Infrastructure Development And Finance, Co-Sponsored by North American Development Bank and Texas Border Infrastructure Coalition, May 23, 2002.

"ABC's Of Municipal Finance," North American Development Bank: Banking Staff Training Seminar, February 21, 2002.

"Establishing A Legal Framework For A US/Mexico Border Financial Planning Project Related To The Development Of A Financing Plan For Cross-Border Financing Of US And Mexico Highways," Texas House Committee on NAFTA & GATT, Texas House Committee on Economic Development, Texas House Committee on State Affairs, Texas Senate Committee on Finance, Texas House Committee on International Relations, Trade & Technology, 1994, 1996, 1997 and 1999.


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

Bar Admissions



State Bar of Texas
Bexar County Bar Association
American Bar Association - Business Law, Housing & Community Development Law, and Urban, State & Local Government Law Sections
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


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