Bill Jones, a partner with Barnes & Thornburg in Dallas and Washington, D.C.
Bill Jones, a partner with Barnes & Thornburg in Dallas and Washington, D.C. (Courtesy photo)

Bill Jones, former general counsel to Texas Gov. Rick Perry, has joined Barnes & Thornburg in Dallas and Washington, D.C., as a partner in the government services and finance department.

Jones said he will spend at least half of his time in Washington, D.C., and the rest in Texas. Jones, who had been a solo practitioner in Austin for the last several years, said he will maintain his base office in Austin but also work in Dallas.

Jones joined Barnes & Thornburg on March 1, one day after Perry was confirmed as secretary of energy. When asked if his relationship with Perry makes him more valuable in D.C., Jones said there are advantages to having access at any agency, whether in Texas or Washington.

“There will be a number of people in Washington, D.C., at the Department of Energy that I will know who will take a phone call and certainly hear out any issues,” Jones said.

Mark Bayer, managing partner of the firm’s Dallas office, said Jones gives the firm a regulatory practice in Texas that clients from other parts of the country are requesting, and also capability at the Department of Energy because of Jones’ relationship with Perry.

“It’s really a play both in Austin and Washington, D.C.,” Bayer said.

Jones said he joined Barnes & Thornburg because the firm is new to the Texas market, it wanted a presence in Austin as well as in D.C., and because the firm’s foundation is built on the government services practice. “That was very attractive because they understand the unique practice of government services work,” said Jones, who does administrative, regulatory and lobbying work.

Barnes & Thornburg, which is based in Indianapolis, opened its Dallas office in June 2015. With Jones, the firm has a dozen lawyers in Texas, Bayer said.

While Jones will live in Austin, an office in the Texas capital is not currently in the firm’s plan. “Bill was too good to pass up. If we start hearing from others in that market, we will certainly take their phone calls,” he said.

Jones declined to identify his clients.

Jones served as general counsel to the office of the governor for Perry from December 2000 to November 2003, when he resigned to join Locke Liddell & Sapp (now Locke Lord) as a partner in Austin. From 2006 to 2010, he was a partner in Vinson & Elkins in Austin, and then formed The Jones Firm in 2010.

Bill Jones, former general counsel to Texas Gov. Rick Perry, has joined Barnes & Thornburg in Dallas and Washington, D.C., as a partner in the government services and finance department.

Jones said he will spend at least half of his time in Washington, D.C., and the rest in Texas. Jones, who had been a solo practitioner in Austin for the last several years, said he will maintain his base office in Austin but also work in Dallas.

Jones joined Barnes & Thornburg on March 1, one day after Perry was confirmed as secretary of energy. When asked if his relationship with Perry makes him more valuable in D.C., Jones said there are advantages to having access at any agency, whether in Texas or Washington.

“There will be a number of people in Washington, D.C., at the Department of Energy that I will know who will take a phone call and certainly hear out any issues,” Jones said.

Mark Bayer, managing partner of the firm’s Dallas office, said Jones gives the firm a regulatory practice in Texas that clients from other parts of the country are requesting, and also capability at the Department of Energy because of Jones’ relationship with Perry.

“It’s really a play both in Austin and Washington, D.C.,” Bayer said.

Jones said he joined Barnes & Thornburg because the firm is new to the Texas market, it wanted a presence in Austin as well as in D.C., and because the firm’s foundation is built on the government services practice. “That was very attractive because they understand the unique practice of government services work,” said Jones, who does administrative, regulatory and lobbying work.

Barnes & Thornburg , which is based in Indianapolis, opened its Dallas office in June 2015. With Jones, the firm has a dozen lawyers in Texas, Bayer said.

While Jones will live in Austin, an office in the Texas capital is not currently in the firm’s plan. “Bill was too good to pass up. If we start hearing from others in that market, we will certainly take their phone calls,” he said.

Jones declined to identify his clients.

Jones served as general counsel to the office of the governor for Perry from December 2000 to November 2003, when he resigned to join Locke Liddell & Sapp (now Locke Lord ) as a partner in Austin. From 2006 to 2010, he was a partner in Vinson & Elkins in Austin, and then formed The Jones Firm in 2010.