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Bill Lester

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Education

New York University School of Law, LL.M., 1981

Texas Tech University, J.D., with high honors, Law Review, Order of the Coif, 1979

The University of Texas at Austin, B.B.A., 1976

Honors

Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Peer Review Rating

Frequently selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America®, as recently as 2014

Bar Admissions

Texas

Court Admissions

United States Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit

United States Tax Court

United States Court of Claims

Federal District Court Western District of Texas

Profile

Bill Lester has over twenty-five years of experience counseling a wide range of clients in tax and business planning and tax controversy matters. His clients include public and private corporations, wealthy individuals and tax exempt organizations.

Bill has experience in succession, transition and exit planning for privately-held businesses; representation of Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs), companies and fiduciaries; strategic tax planning for acquisitions and dispositions of businesses and business interests; large case and coordinated audits, and contesting issues through IRS appeals and beyond to Tax Court and other available forums.

Bill, who is also a Certified Public Accountant, is a frequent speaker and author on a wide variety of tax-related topics.

Representative Matters

  • Representation of 5,000+ employee retail business in transition from family control with over 400 owners to one of the largest ESOP owned businesses in the United States. Counseled company in S Election structure which permitted company to pay no Federal Income Tax.
  • Representation of publicly traded medical device company in going private transaction.
  • Representation of publicly traded bank holding company in stock acquisition of a publicly traded target bank holding company.
  • Representation of privately owned technology company in private equity transaction.
  • Represented numerous public and private businesses and individuals before IRS appeals, U.S. Tax Court, U.S. Department of Labor and Texas Comptroller.
  • Briefed and argued before the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Formed first Texas LLC.

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