Bill Jones is a partner in the Government Services and Finance Department, where he helps clients navigate significant regulatory issues before state and federal agencies. Mr. Jones resides in Austin, Texas, and works out of Barnes & Thornburg’s Dallas and Washington, D.C., offices.
With more than 32 years of experience, Mr. Jones has counseled clients on a variety of matters before state agencies and the Texas Attorney General’s office and on legislative matters.
His experience in public law includes three years as general counsel to the Office of the Governor of Texas for Gov. Rick Perry. Mr. Jones had primary responsibility for all legal matters in the governor’s office, including economic development initiatives, contract negotiations with the state, legislative approval and recommendation, policy review, and the monitoring of settlements and litigation involving the state. He has extensive experience advising and working with high-level elected state officials and their staffs.
Since leaving the governor’s office in 2003 and entering private practice, Mr. Jones has represented numerous clients in the public law arena, including oil and gas companies before the Texas Railroad Commission, landowners before the Texas Public Utility Commission, various clients before the Texas Office of the Attorney General, and several clients before the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, Texas Department of Transportation and other state agencies. He has also represented a coalition of clients before the Texas Comptroller’s Office on a tax-related regulatory matter.
Mr. Jones also has represented clients in matters at the U.S. Department of Energy.
Beyond his legal work, Mr. Jones is Chairman Emeritus of the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents, where he served as a Regent for eight years. He is also currently serving as a governor-appointed commissioner on the Texas Parks & Wildlife Commission. Mr. Jones has been recognized since the 2007 edition of The Best Lawyers in America for his work in government relations.
Mr. Jones earned his J.D. from Baylor Law School in 1985 and his B.B.A. from Texas A&M University in 1981. He has served on the Texas A&M University Former Students Association board and the Baylor Law School Alumni Association board. Mr. Jones further served as Texas Young Lawyers Association president and served on the Texas State Bar executive board. He also served on the Federal Judicial Selection Committee, which is an appointment by U.S. Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz for the purpose of selecting federal district judges and United States attorneys in Texas.
He is admitted to practice in the state of Texas and before the U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Western and Eastern Districts of Texas and the U.S. Supreme Court.