Bill Ratliff


Education and Clerkships

LL.M., Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, 1975

J.D., University of Texas at Austin School of Law, 1974

B.B.A., University of Texas at Austin, 1971

Bar Admissions



Bill Ratliff has more than 30 years of experience in oil and gas transactions, family wealth preservation and transfer, estate planning, domestic taxation, commercial real estate, banking and corporate law. He is board certified in tax law, estate planning and probate law, and commercial real estate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. 

Bill has been consistently voted by his peers as one of The Best Lawyers in America, a "Top Attorney in Tarrant County" in Banking, Tax, Estate Planning and Probate and Real Estate Law by Fort Worth Magazine, and a Texas Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly Magazine.

Bill has completed transactions including:

  • Advising clients on complex oil and gas transactions, including leases and joint operating agreements. 
  • Acquisition and sale of multi-jurisdictional insurance companies and complex business entities. 
  • Acquisition, sale and leasing of commercial real estate. 
  • Negotiation for both lenders and borrowers in complex lending transactions. 
  • Advising clients with the design and implementation of all types of estate planning and family wealth preservation and transfer strategies. 
  • Administration of estates and trusts. 
  • Representation of individuals, partnerships and corporations in United States tax planning and controversies.

Bill serves as outside general counsel for several local business entities.


Best Lawyers

Best Lawyers in America 2015

Best Lawyers® in America, an annual referral guide listing outstanding attorneys throughout the U.S, has once again recognized Haynes and Boone, LLP lawyers. This year the firm increased its honored practices to 56.

Professional and Community Activities

  • Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel 
  • Texas Bar Foundation 
  • State Bar of Texas 
  • Board of Directors of Fort Worth Stock Show Syndicate and Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show

Professional Recognition

  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in America - Banking Law, Corporate Law, and Real Estate Law (2009, 2011-2015)
  • Recognized as a Super Lawyer - Tax (2009-2014)
  • Martindale Hubbell® Law Directory with a Peer Review Rating of AV® Preeminent™


Super Lawyers

Repeat Recognition as 2014 Texas Super Lawyers

Texas Super Lawyers has once again recognized Haynes and Boone in its annual award listing, with seven firm attorneys featured in the Tops of Texas honors.

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