Joe Allen Leaving V&E

Albanese, Elizabeth
May 2003
Bond Buyer;5/12/2003, Vol. 344 Issue 31633, p1
Trade Publication
Joe B. Allen, one of Texas' most highly regarded bond lawyers, said as of May 9, 2003 that he and three other partners would leave Vinson & Elkins LLP to open a new boutique law firm specializing in public finance and public policy. Allen, who has been called by many the “senior statesman”of municipal utility district law in Texas, is also a well-known fundraiser for Republican political candidates, including President Bush.Allen's tenure at the firm lasted over 28 years, during which he was the principal author and lobbyist of Texas laws that reorganized the Texas Department of Water Resources into the Texas Water Development Board and created a special district bankruptcy statute that requires the Texas Water Commission to approve the decision of any special district board to file for bankruptcy.Elkins, Allen, a graduate of Baylor University and Baylor University School of Law, worked as a lawyer for the Waco firm of Naman, Howell, Smith, and Chase.


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