PRACTICE AREAS >> GOVERNMENT

Baker Williams Matthiesen attorneys have over thirty years’ experience representing a wide variety of Texas governmental entities as bond counsel, general counsel, and special counsel. As a result, we are adept at communicating between governments, individuals and financial institutions to achieve the most positive resolution for our clients.

GENERAL COUNSEL

The firm’s government lawyers represent municipal utility districts and other public entities as general counsel and as bond counsel. We work as a team with the governing boards of such entities to facilitate administration, operations and the financing and construction of public infrastructure. We assist our governmental clients in matters concerning the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (“TCEQ”), the Open Records Act, the Open Meetings Act, federal and state election laws, and tax assessment matters. Our clients also include landowners and financial institutions working with districts on matters such as annexation, financing and receivables assignments. We regularly represent clients before the TCEQ, the Texas Water Development Board, and the Texas Attorney General’s Office.

PUBLIC FINANCE

Baker Williams Matthiesen is a recognized public finance law firm in the Bond Buyer’s Municipal Marketplace (the “Red Book”). We serve as bond counsel, underwriters’ counsel and disclosure counsel on governmental financings throughout Texas. We advise governmental issuers on issuer disclosure obligations and assist in preparation of the official statement and continuing disclosure documents. Our clients include numerous financial institutions, cities, state agencies, municipal utility districts and special districts, as well as state and national underwriters and underwriting syndicates. Representative transactions include tax exempt public improvement bonds, taxable Build America Bonds, general obligation bonds, current and advance refunding bonds, commercial paper programs and special purpose utility bonds. Over the last twenty years, our attorneys have handled over $10 billion of public and private financing transactions.