Fred Williams is a public finance and tax lawyer with more than 30 years of experience. He has counseled numerous public and private sector clients on the federal tax aspects of municipal bond transactions, and has advised on the full range of issues in public finance transactions in Arizona and other states around the country.
Fred’s experience with complex business transactions includes serving as underwriter’s counsel, purchaser’s counsel, bond counsel, and related roles on bond financings for government agencies, financial institutions, investors, and developers. His experience involves a variety of project types, including affordable housing, solid waste facilities, and particular experience negotiating and documenting financial incentives for energy projects. His work has encompassed negotiating and closing transactions involving tax-exempt private activity bonds, New Markets Tax Credits, Low Income Housing Tax Credits, energy credits, opportunity zones, and tax increment financing.
- Advised on various types of bond financings for a range of projects, including affordable housing, qualified 501(c)(3) bonds, and solid waste facilities
- Negotiated and documented financial incentives for energy projects
- Served as lead counsel on creating a major research nonprofit’s corporate structure to position the nonprofit to conduct for-profit operations and enter into joint ventures through for-profit subsidiaries
- Represented numerous taxpayers, including tax-exempt bond issuers, in IRS audits and controversies
Pro Bono Experience
Fred works with a consortium of school districts on Indian lands to structure financing solutions for livable teacher housing, which is sorely lacking in almost all rural school districts on Indian lands in Arizona.
American Bar Association, Tax Section
National Association of Bond Lawyers, Tax Committee
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants
Recognition & Accomplishments
The Best Lawyers in America, Phoenix – Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Municipal Law, Project Finance Law, Public Finance Law, Securitization and Structured Finance Law, Tax Law, Trusts and Estates (2022-2023); Economic Development Law (2023)
The Best Lawyers in America, Phoenix – Lawyer of the Year, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, 2022
The Best Lawyers in America, Morgantown, West Virginia – Lawyer of the Year, Corporate Law, 2020
University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law (LL.M. Tax, 1984)
West Virginia University College of Law (J.D. 1981)
Wheeling University (B.S. Accounting, 1978)
Supreme Court of Arizona
Supreme Court of Kentucky
Supreme Court of Ohio
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
Supreme Court of Appeals, West Virginia