Biography

William Hornberger is passionate about the practice of law and about helping people and enterprises achieve business goals.  He is extremely grateful to his mentors, Larry Bean and Vester Hughes, because they not only taught him to be passionate about the law, they also modeled for him character and class and taught him how to have a rich and fulfilling life outside of the office.  For nearly 30 years, he has practiced in the areas of tax, transactional, international and corporate law at Jackson Walker and has loved every minute of it!  His tax practice has touched nearly every area of the tax law, including corporate, partnerships and LLCs, international, real estate, corporate, oil and gas, bankruptcy, tax credit and tax controversy and procedural matters.  His broad transactional practice includes mergers and acquisitions, complex partnership, joint venture, real estate and private equity arrangements,  complicated cross-border business structuring matters involving investors from multiple countries, Tax Treaty and IRS Competent Authority matters.  He has represented taxpayers on tax controversy matters in IRS administrative appeals and before the U.S. Tax Court, the U.S. District Court, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, the Courts of Appeals for the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits and the U.S. Court of International Trade.

Practice Experience

Tax and Transactional

  • Structuring taxable and nontaxable acquisitions, including public-traded corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, S corporations and REITs and tax-exempt entities.
  • Structuring the formation and operation of private equity funds.
  • Structuring all types of tax-free corporate acquisitive and divisive reorganizations, including mergers, stock-for-stock transactions, assets-for-stock transactions, and recapitalizations.
  • Drafting of complex limited partnership agreements.
  • Structuring Carried Interest Transactions.
  • Structuring acquisitive and divisive transactions involving partnerships and limited liability companies.
  • Structuring partner buyouts.
  • State tax planning.
  • Structuring equity-based compensation arrangements.
  • Structuring derivative transactions (including cross-border transactions).
  • Tax planning for intellectual property.
  • Taxation of modification of debt instruments.
  • Private letter ruling requests.
  • Tax planning for installment sales.

 Real Estate

  • Structuring real estate partnerships involving entities of all types, including corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, S corporations, non-U.S. investors, REITs and tax-exempt entities.
  • Structuring the formation of REITs;
  • Privatization of REITs.
  • Structuring of cross-border REITs.
  • Structuring like-kind exchanges (real and personal property).
  • Structuring tenancy-in-common and co-ownership arrangements.
  • Tax aspects of workouts, including foreclosures.
  • Planning for debt-financed distributions from partnerships and limited liability companies.

Bankruptcy

  • Extensive experiences with tax controversies in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, including cases involving concurrent jurisdiction with the U.S. Tax Court.
  • Planning for utilization of net operating losses.

Tax Controversy

  • Extensive experience in handling administrative tax controversies with the IRS and domestic and international tax controversies in the following U.S. courts:  U.S. Tax Court, U.S. District Court, U.S. Federal Courts of Appeal, and U.S. Court of Federal Claims; U.S. Bankruptcy Court.
  •  Extensive experience with the IRS Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program.

Energy

  • Structuring oil and gas limited partnerships.
  • Structuring energy-related acquisitions, including oil and gas interests ( all types) and pipeline.
  • Structuring international oil and gas operations.
  • Structuring oil and gas private equity funds.
  • Production Payment transactions.
  • Tax planning for intangible drilling costs.
  • Like-kind exchanges of oil and gas properties.

Tax-Exempt Entities

  • Formation, operation and taxation of tax-exempt entities.
  • Joint Ventures involving tax-exempt entities.

International

  •  Domestic and cross-border acquisitions and dispositions of U.S. and non-U.S. entities.
  • Structuring of tax-free domestic and international reorganizations.
  • Extensive experience with anti-inversion rules.
  • Structuring litigation settlements.
  • Cross-border derivative trading – structuring and taxation.
  • Structuring international operations for U.S. multinationals.
  • Utilizing holding companies in international tax planning.
  • Corporate, LLC and partnership transactions involving non-U.S. persons investing in U.S. real estate.
  • Legal interpretation and analysis of tax treaty issues.
  • Foreign tax credit utilization.
  • Structuring of cross-border investments in private equity funds.
  • Taxation of currency gains and losses.
  • Structuring inbound capitalization structures, including planning involving utilization of the portfolio interest exemption.
  • Transfer pricing issues and studies involving sales, services and intangibles, including working with economists.
  • Structuring of cross-border trucking operations.
  • Taxation of nonresident workers present in the U.S. and taxation of U.S. employees outside the U.S.
  • Extensive experience with FATCA limitations.

Community

Legal  

  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas, Chair of Section of Taxation, 2001-02
  • Dallas Bar Association, Chair of Section of Taxation, 2005
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Life Fellow

Accounting

  • American Institute of CPAs, Council Member, 2014-17
  • American Institute of CPAs, Nominating Committee, 2015-16
  • Texas Society of CPAs, Chair, 2013-14
  • Texas Society of CPAs, Executive Board, 2009-15
  • Dallas CPA Society, Chair, 2008-09
  • Dallas CPA Society, Board of Directors, 2009-present

Community

  • Dallas Holocaust Museum, Treasurer, 2010-11 and Executive Committee, 2005-08
  • Real Estate Council of Dallas, Executive Committee, 2008 and 2011; Chair, 2011 Fall Gala
  • Real Estate Council Foundation, Board of Directors, 2006-08
  • AVANCE- Dallas, Inc., Board Chair, 2014-present; Board Vice-Chair 2012-14
  • The Covenant School, Board Member, 2003-09
  • Adjunct Professor – Taxation, Southern Methodist University School of Law, 1996 and 1998
  • Leadership Dallas, 2006
  • Dallas Assembly, member, 2011-present
  • Prospanica (formerly National Society of Hispanic MBAs), National Corporate Counsel, 2010-present
  • General Counsel/Development Phase, Klyde Warren Park, 2008-12
  • Counsel for Commemorative Air Force, 2016-present

News & Events

  • News & Publications
  • Speeches
  • Attorney News

    53 Jackson Walker Attorneys Named to 2017 ‘Texas Super Lawyers’ List

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  • Attorney News

    Jackson Walker Attorneys Speak on US-Mexico Relations at CPA Conference in Mexico

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  • Attorney News

    Best Lawyers in America Recognizes 94 Jackson Walker Attorneys

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  • Attorney News

    D Magazine Recognizes Eleven Jackson Walker Attorneys

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  • Attorney News

    Jackson Walker Congratulates its 54 Attorneys Added to ‘2016 Texas Super Lawyers’ List

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  • Mentions

    William Hornberger, Wayne Malecha, and David Moran Included in ‘Dallas 500’ List

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  • Press Releases

    Velocis Fund I Ranked in Preqin’s Top 10 Best Performing Core Private Real Estate Funds

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  • Spotlight

    Jackson Walker Congratulates Its Best Lawyers in America 2016

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  • Attorney News

    William Hornberger, Cale McDowell, Steve Moore and Tom Groves Speak at Texas Society of CPAs’ 2015 Oil & Gas Institute

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  • Client Results

    Jackson Walker Represents Freeman Group in Series A Investment in Pixia Corp.

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  • Client Results

    Jackson Walker Represents Freeman Group in Acquisition of By George

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  • Attorney News

    Byron Egan, Willie Hornberger, Steve Moore Speak on Choice and Acquisition of Entities

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  • Press Releases

    Jackson Walker Attorneys Participate in Whitley Penn Energy Seminar

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  • Publication

    IRS: Investment Fund Managers are Subject to Self-Employment Tax

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  • Spotlight

    Jackson Walker Congratulates Its Best Lawyers in America 2015

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  • Attorney News

    Cale McDowell, William Hornberger, Steve Moore and John Ransom Speak at Texas Society of CPA’s Oil & Gas Seminar

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  • Press Releases

    Byron Egan, William Hornberger, Steve Moore Speak on Choice and Acquisition of Entities

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  • Press Releases

    Willie Hornberger and James Prappas Speak at International Tax Forum

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  • Publication

    Follow the Leader: A Conversation With Your New Chairman

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  • Press Releases

    Willie Hornberger Featured on Cover of Today’s CPA Magazine

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    International Taxation

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  • Events

    Willie Hornberger and James Prappas Speak on International Taxation and U.S. Immigration

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  • Press Releases

    Byron Egan, Willie Hornberger, & Steve Moore Speak at the State Bar of Texas Choice and Acquisition of Entities in Texas Course

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  • Press Releases

    Steve Moore and Ashley Scheer Speak at Convergence 2013

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  • Press Releases

    Jackson Walker Congratulates Its 2013 Best Lawyers in Dallas

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  • Press Releases

    Jackson Walker Represents Select Milk Producers in Joint Venture with The Coca-Cola Company

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  • Press Releases

    Jackson Walker Nationally Ranked in 23 Areas in ‘Best Law Firms’ Guide

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  • Press Releases

    Jackson Walker Congratulates Its Best Lawyers "Lawyers of the Year"

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  • Attorney News

    Bryon Egan, Willie Hornberger and Steve Moore Speak at the State Bar of Texas Choice and Acquisition of Entities in Texas Course

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  • Press Releases

    Willie Hornberger Named Chairman-Elect of Texas Society of CPAs

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"Tax Reform Update," Instituto de Contadores Públicos de Nuevo León A.C (ICPNL), August 2017

"Defining your Legacy: Serve Well/Lead Well," Beta Alpha Psi Accounting Regional Conference, March 2015

"Careers with a CPA," Incarnate Word University, April 2015

"Choice of Entity," State Bar of Texas, Choice & Acquisitions of Entities in Texas Course, May 2015

"Motivating and Developing Others," Leadership Acadamy, Dallas CPA Society, June 2015

Guest Lecturer, Baylor University International Tax Course, October 2015

"International Taxation," Dallas CPA Society Continuing Education Conference, February 2014

"U.S. Immigration & Tax - Opportunities and Pitfalls", International Tax Forum Meeting, March 2014

"U.S. Immigration & Tax - Opportunities and Pitfalls", International Tax Forum Meeting, March 2014

"Choice of Entity," Dallas Estate Planning Council, May 2014

"International Taxation," 8 hour course taught for El Paso Chapter of the TSCPA, May 2014

"Choice of Entity," State Bar of Texas, Choice & Acquisitions of Entities in Texas Course, May 2014

"International Taxation," CPE by the Sea Continuing Education Conference, June 2014

Oil & Gas Institute - Full-Day Oil and Gas Conference, July 2014

"Texas Business Update," 20th Anniversary U.S./Mexico Tax Conference sponsored by the San Diego Chapter of the California Society of CPAs and Colegio de Contadores Publicos de Baja California, August 2014

"Earnings Lockout and Inbound M&A" UT/University of Waterloo Conference for Accounting Professors in North America, September 2014

"The Future of Business Valuation, Forensic & Litigation Service," Business Valuation and Forensics Conference, October 2014

"International Taxation," ARM, Inc., November 2014

"International Taxation," Reforma Energica Conferencia, November 2014

"International Taxation," U.S./Mexico Conference, November 2014)

"Texas Margin Tax," American Association of Attorney-Certified Public Accountants, January 2013

"Tax Environment," East Texas Business Conference, Texas A&M Commerce, April 2013

Luncheon Keynote Speaker, Joint Meeting Lamar University School of Accounting and South East Texas Chapter/TSCPA, April 2013

Luncheon Keynote Speaker, Brazos Valley Chapter of the Texas Society of CPAs, May 2013

"International Taxation," 8-hour course for El Paso Chapter of the Texas Society of CPAs, May 2013

"Motivating and Developing Others," Dallas CPA Society Leadership Day, May 2013

"Tax Considerations In Choice of Entity," State Bar of Texas, Choice of Entity & Acquisitions Course, May 2013

"International Taxation," Houston Chapter of the Texas Society of CPAs, June 2013

Speaker, Young CPA Conference, Texas Society of CPAs, June 2013

Luncheon Keynote Speaker, Annual Two-Day Tax Institute, Panhandle Chapter of the Texas Society of CPAs, August 2013

"The Accidental U.S. Taxpayer," State Bar of Texas Advanced Tax Law Course, August 2013

Luncheon Keynote Speaker, Abilene Chapter of the Texas Society of CPAs, August 2013

"Professional Issues Update," Lubbock Chapter of the Texas Society of CPAs, September 2013

"Professional Issues Update," Webinar, September 2013

"Motivating and Developing Others" Dallas CPA Society Leadership Academy, September, 2013

"International Tax Update," Dallas Bar Association, October 2013