Franklin D.R. Jones Jr.: Lawyer with Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Franklin D.R. Jones Jr.

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Houston,  TX  U.S.A.
Phone713.374.3530

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Experience & Credentials
 

Practice Areas

  • Public Finance
  • Government Law & Policy
  • Education
  • Sports Facilities and Entertainment Venues
  • Global Energy & Infrastructure
 
Contact InfoTelephone: 713.374.3530
Fax: 713.754.7530
http://www.gtlaw.com/People/Franklin-D-R-Jones-Jr
 
University Rice University, B.A., 1984
 
Law SchoolUniversity of Houston Law Center, J.D., 1995
 
Admitted1995, Texas
 
Memberships 

Professional & Community Involvement

•Director, City of Houston Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone; Number 7

•Director, Houston Public Library Foundation

•Secretary, Theatre Under the Stars Board of Directors

•Secretary, Gulf Coast Waste Disposal Authority Board of Directors

•Member, Young Women's College Preparatory Academy (HISD) Advisory Council

•Member, American Bar Association

•Member, Houston Bar Association

•Member, Houston Lawyers Association

•Member, National Association of Bond Lawyers

•Member, State Bar of Texas

 
Born1962
 
Biography

Franklin D.R. Jones Jr. focuses his practice on public finance, sports and entertainment facilities development, project and infrastructure finance, urban development, and local and state governmental matters. He has public law and municipal finance experience in various areas, including municipal financing, stadium and multi-purpose arena development and financing, and structuring public/private joint ventures. His public finance practice consists of serving as bond and disclosure counsel for tax exempt financings for cities, counties and several local government corporations. In addition to bond and disclosure counsel engagements, Frank also represents various national and regional investment banking firms as underwriters counsel in bond transactions.

Frank has experience representing professional sports franchises and governmental authorities involved in the development, financing, leasing, and operation of stadiums, arenas, and other public assembly facilities and regularly provides counsel to clients involved in these complex public-private transactions. At times, this work includes attendant mixed use developments related to the sports and entertainment facilities.

Frank has also served as general and special counsel to certain local government corporations and not for profit corporations, including the Harris County - Houston Sports Authority, the Harris County Sports and Convention Corporation, the Georgia World Congress Center Authority and the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Areas of Concentration

•Public finance

•Sports and entertainment facility development

•Project and infrastructure finance

•Governmental relations

•Urban development

Awards & Recognition

•Team Member, a U.S. News - Best Lawyers Government Relations Law Firm of the Year, 2014

•Ranked, Tier 1 - Government Relations, Austin Metropolitan Area

Articles, Publications, & Lectures

•Panelist, Stadium Financing and Development, Sports Law CLE for Rookies and Veterans, Miami, FL, April 24, 2014

•Interviewed, Secrets of Success: BigTex Firms' Minority Owners Give Advice on Making Partner,Texas Lawyer, December 2, 2013

•Panelist, If They Build it, Will They Come? Sports Law CLE for Rookies and Veterans, Minneapolis, MN, June 20, 2013

•Speaker, Sports and Social Media; New Stadium Construction & Relocation and Careers in Sports, IPLS & SELSA Cardozo Sports Law Symposium, April 23, 2013

Associated News & Events

Press-Releases

05.22.07 Ten Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Named Top Lawyers by H Texas Magazine

12.01.05 Greenberg Traurig Announces Strategic Move Into Houston

08.29.05 Skilled Public Finance Attorney Joins Greenberg Traurig LLP's Burgeoning Houston Office

 
Reported CasesRepresentative Client Services ; Served as bond and disclosure counsel to Harris County, Texas, the Harris County Toll Road Authority, the City of Houston , the Port of Houston Authority of Harris County and the Texas Department of Transportation.; Served as lead counsel to governmental authorities and professional teams in the development, financing and construction of sports and entertainment facilities, including the Harris County - Houston Sports Authority, the Georgia World Congress Center Authority, the Houston Dynamo and the Dallas Cowboys.; Served as general counsel to local government corporations and not for profit corporations.; Served as counsel to companies developing projects with urban redevelopment authorities and tax increment reinvestment zones.; Advised regional and national underwriters relating to various public and project finance transactions. Representative Transactions ; Georgia World Congress Center Authority (Atlanta, GA) in the development of a new NFL stadium for the Atlanta Falcons and replacement facility for the Georgia Dome (ongoing).; Rio Grande Valley Vipers (Houston Rockets D-League affiliate) as lead counsel and in various matters related to the development and operation of a new multi-purpose arena in Edinburg, Texas (ongoing).; Houston Dynamo as lead counsel and in various matters related to the development and operation of BBVA Compass Stadium (ongoing).; Harris County-Houston Sports Authority in the site acquisition, contract negotiation, financing and development of various new sports facilities including the retractable-roof baseball and football stadiums ( Minute Maid Park and Reliant Stadium) and the multi-purpose arena ( Toyota Center ).; Harris County Sports and Conventions Corporation on various legal matters related to the development and construction of facilities at Reliant Park (formerly the Astrodomain Complex).; Dallas Cowboys in the development and financing of AT&T Stadium (formerly Cowboys Stadium) in Arlington, Texas..; Houston Texans in various matters related to the development of Reliant Stadium.; Astrodome Redevelopment Corporation in the transformation of the Reliant Astrodome into a Convention Center Hotel.; 2009 Houston Super Bowl Host Committee in its bid for the 2009 Super Bowl.; 2004 Houston Super Bowl Host Committee in its bid for the 2004 Super Bowl.; $295,000,000 Harris County, Texas Tax Anticipation Notes, Series 2013 - Bond Counsel; $239,585,000 Harris County, Texas, consisting of $66,425,000 Unlimited Tax Road Refunding Bonds, Series 2012A; $52,815,000 Unlimited Tax Road Refunding Bonds, Series 2012B (Taxable); $77,145,000 Permanent Improvement Refunding Bonds, Series 2012A; and $43,200,000 Permanent Improvement Refunding Bonds, Series 2012B (Taxable) - Bond Counsel; $375,000,000 Harris County, Texas Tax Anticipation Notes, Series 2012 - Bond Counsel; $225,000,000 City of Houston, Texas Combined Utility System First Lien Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2012A&B - Disclosure Counsel.; $249,075,000 City of Houston, Texas Combined Utility System First Lien Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2012C (SIFMA Index Floating Rate Bonds) - Disclosure Counsel.; $149,735,000 City of Houston, Texas Combined Utility System First Lien Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2012D - Disclosure Counsel.; $375,000,000 Harris County, Texas Tax Anticipation Notes, Series 2012 - Note Counsel.; $199,195,000 Harris County, Texas Toll Road Senior Lien Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2012A&B (SIFMA Index Bonds) - Disclosure Counsel.; $252,845,000 Harris County, Texas Toll Road Senior Lien Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2012C - Disclosure Counsel.; $98,010,000 Harris County, Texas Toll Road Senior Lien Revenue and Refunding Bonds, Taxable Series 2012D - Disclosure Counsel.; $166,660,000 City of Houston, Texas Combined Utility System First Lien Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2011E - Disclosure Co-Counsel.; $426,410,000 City of Houston, Texas Combined Utility System First Lien Revenue Bonds, Series 2011D - Disclosure Co-Counsel.; $199,195,000 Harris County, Texas Toll Road Senior Lien Revenue and Refunding Bonds, Series 2011A - Disclosure Counsel.; $122,565,000 Harris County, Texas Unlimited Tax Road Refunding Bonds, Series 2011A - Disclosure Counsel.; $400,000,000 City of Houston First Lien Revenue and Refinancing Bonds, Series 2010D-1 and Taxable Series 2010D-2 (Direct Build America Bonds) - Disclosure Counsel.; $91,279,396.90 Port of Houston Authority of Harris County, Texas Unlimited Tax Refunding Bonds, Series 2010A, B & C - Underwriter's Counsel.; $255,935,000 Port of Houston Authority of Harris County, Texas Unlimited Tax Refunding Bonds, Series 2010D & E - Underwriter's Counsel.; $220,000,000 Harris County, Texas Toll Road Senior Lien Revenue Bonds, Series 2009A - Disclosure Counsel.; $25,720,000 Harris County, Texas Permanent Improvement Refunding Bonds, Series 2009A - Bond Counsel.; $234,630,000 Port of Houston Authority of Harris County, Texas Unlimited Tax Refunding Bonds, Series 2008A (AMT) - Underwriter's Counsel.; Counterparty Counsel in connection with swap transactions related to the Harris County, Texas Toll Road Senior Lien Revenue and Refunding Bonds.; $653,325,000 City of Houston, Texas Combined Utility System First Lien Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2004B - Remarketing Counsel.; $400,000,000 City of Houston Higher Education Finance Corporation Higher Education Revenue Bonds (Rice University Project), Series 2010A; Series 2010B - Underwriter's Counsel.; Refinancing of Loan Agreement among Harris County, Texas, Harris County-Houston Sports Authority, Harris County Sports and Convention Corporation and RCM Financial Services, L.P.; Harris County Toll Road Authority Analysis of Financial Alternatives Study, dated June 15, 2006, represented Harris County, Texas in the evaluation of financial alternatives proposed by the Underwriting Syndicate. Some of the above representations were handled by Mr. Jones prior to his joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP.
 
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Franklin D.R. Jones Jr.

1000 Louisiana, Suite 1700
HoustonTX 77002




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