William L. “Bill” Payne is an accomplished legal counsel who has represented Texas corporations, banks, credit unions, real estate interest owners, and investors. He has also represented mortgage companies and servicers, homeowners’ associations, builders, developers, construction companies, oil & gas companies, partnerships, and national leasing companies. Mr. Payne has over two decades of experience resolving disputes through negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and litigation. As a result-oriented advocate, Mr. Payne reflects the values of the way his clients do business and remains dedicated to resolving matters efficiently and successfully.
Mr. Payne has served as trial counsel on jury and bench trials, managing the litigation process from case inception through the enforcement of the judgment. Mr. Payne has experience in a wide range of cases, including breach of contract actions, landlord-tenant actions, negligence claims, trade secret misappropriation, breach of warranty, actions to quiet title, boundary disputes, appraisal disputes, breach of fiduciary duty, unfair debt collection, and creditor rights enforcement.
The breath of Mr. Payne’s experience ranges from small claims court disputes to multi-million-dollar real estate fraud litigation to appointment as a national team member of legal counsel to resolve the disposition of billions of dollars of assets. Mr. Payne has also represented clients in state and regulatory agency matters.
Mr. Payne’s clients can also benefit from his insight into business transactions from his experience in drafting, reviewing, and negotiating agreements. He has experience with loan agreements, vendor agreements, confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements, modification documents, employment and separation agreements, and intellectual property rights agreements and licenses involving trade secrets, copyright, and trademarks.
Over the years, Mr. Payne has also enjoyed assisting his clients in matters of probate and estate planning, including protecting family interests involving wealth transfer.
- Served as Member of Board of Directors for a $1.5B community bank, 2011-2015
- Audit Committee Chair, 1 year
- Loan Review Committee Chair, 2 years
- IT Subcommittee Member, 2 years
- Coach for Kingdom Basketball, Coach for Post Oak Little League Baseball
- Associate Editor, University of Richmond Law Review