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




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 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.
  • Representation of individuals, partnerships and corporations in United States tax planning and controversies.

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

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


Best Lawyers

Haynes and Boone Recognized in Best Lawyers in America 2019

Best Lawyers in America 2019 has featured 111 Haynes and Boone lawyers in its annual referral guide of outstanding lawyers throughout the U.S.

Published by Woodward/White, Inc. in August 2018

Professional Recognition

  • Recognized as a Top Attorney in Tarrant County by 360 West Magazine, Scott Publications, 2018
  • Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, Inc., for Banking and Finance Law, Corporate Law and Real Estate Law, 2002-2019
  • Listed as a Top Attorney in Banking, Fort Worth Magazine, Panther City Media Group, LP, 2016, 2018
  • Recognized by Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, for Tax, 2004-2014
  • Martindale Hubbell® Law Directory with a Peer Review Rating of AV® Preeminent, Energy Law

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