J.D., Baylor University School of Law, 1982
B.A., Business Administration, Baylor University, 1981


Named "Texas Super Lawyer" by Thomson Reuters, 2006 - 2017.

"Best Lawyers in Dallas" D Magazine, 2011, 2012, 2017 and 2018

AV rated, Martindale-Hubbell.

"Top Attorneys in Texas" Texas Monthly, 2013.

William E. Stone III


Mr. Stone assists clients with all types of business transactions, including business acquisitions and dispositions, complex debt and equity financings, securities issuance transactions and compliance issues, matters involving contracts with customers and vendors, employment contracts, executive compensation (such as stock option plans), shareholder disputes, restructure and work-out transactions, and a broad variety of other types of legal arrangements and agreements. Mr. Stone has acted as lead counsel in matters from the routine to the highly complex. He is particularly adept at assisting clients with unique deals or arrangements, from the initial stage of determining how a transaction or a negotiated arrangement should be structured, to implementing the structure with complex, custom-drafted documents, protecting the interests of clients while ensuring fairness to all parties.

Mr. Stone enjoys getting involved with his clients' business issues and assisting clients in achieving their goals. He is comfortable working with first-time sellers of businesses and with seasoned business executives. Mr. Stone has found that it is in learning his clients' business that he is able to become most effective.

Representative Matters

  • Served as lead counsel in countless purchases and sales of businesses in middle market transactions
  • Served as outside general counsel to real estate funds
  • Assisted numerous companies in raising capital through debt and equity financings
  • Assisted several clients in restructuring their companies to overcome insurmountable debt loads or other difficulties, to separate from difficult partners or to free themselves of a business structure that is unworkable
  • Assisted with complex shareholder disputes
  • Represented businesses obtaining financing from traditional debt sources, including complex senior and mezzanine loan facilities
  • Represented businesses raising capital through the sale of debt and equity securities, including early-stage financing from seed capital, angel and private placements sources, and financing for more mature companies, including Series A and later stage venture financings
  • Ongoing representation of public companies seeking cost-effective assistance with compliance and corporate governance needs


  • Member, Board of Directors, West Dallas Initiative (serving underprivileged families in West Dallas through a private school and other programs)
  • Member, Board of Directors of the SHINE Foundation (providing assistance to other ministries though interaction with business and ministry leaders in a professionally facilitated environment).
  • Northwest Bible Church
  • Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 80, Boy Scouts of America

Professional Involvement

  • Member, State Bar of Texas
  • Business Law and Energy Law Sections
  • Chairman, Mergers and Acquisitions Committee, Business Law Section of the State Bar

Honors and Awards

  • Completed college and law school in just over five years.
  • Named "Texas Super Lawyer" by Thompson Reuters, 2006 - 2017
  • Recognized by D Magazine as "Best Lawyers in Dallas" 2011, 2012 and 2017
  • Selected for "Top Attorneys in Texas" by Texas Monthly 2013
  • Selected as one of Texas' Top Rated Lawyers for 2014 in Business and Commercial Litigation by Legal Leaders Magazine
  • Selected for "The Best Lawyer in America" in Practice Area of Corporate Law, 2015 - 2018

Dallas Office

Ph (214) 706-4200
Fx (214) 706-4242
500 North Akard Street
Suite 2700
Dallas, Texas 75201