Prior to joining the firm, he was elected and served for six years as Controller for the City of Houston, where he acted as its chief financial officer (CFO). Previously, Ronald was elected to Houston’s City council, where he also served for six years with duties that included chairman of the city’s Budget & Fiscal Affairs Committee. As a hands-on CFO, auditor, budget committee chair, and chair of the city of Houston’s Finance Working Group, Ronald led the issuance and refinancing of more than $15.5 billion in tax-exempt and $2.3 billion in taxable municipal bonds, including more than $3.2 billion in conduit financings.
Ronald serves as bond and disclosure counsel for tax exempt and taxable financings for cities, counties, school and utility districts, and local government corporations, as well as advises clients on public-private partnerships (P3). In addition to bond and disclosure counsel engagements, Ronald also represents national and regional investment banking firms as underwriters’ counsel in bond transactions. He also conducts special investigations and practices white collar criminal defense.
•Public & Private Infrastructure Finance
•Government Law & Policy
•Health Care Fraud
Professional & Community Involvement
•Member, Financial Accounting Foundation, Government Standards Advisory Council (GASAC), 2013-2015
•National League of Cities
•Elected, NLC Board of Directors, 2013-2015
•Member, Executive Committee
•Member, Audit Committee
•Member, Finance, Administration and Intergovernmental Relations (FAIR)
•Member, Policy and Advocacy Committee
•Founding Member, CFO Forum
•Member, Houston Lawyers Association
•Member, Government Finance Officers Association
•Member, Government Finance Officers Association of Texas
•Member, National Association of Bond Lawyers
•Member, Houston Association of Realtors
•Licensed Real Estate Broker, Texas Real Estate Commission
•Certified Public Funds Investment Manager, Association of Public Treasurers of the United States
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