Interviews with NABL Members from NABL News
Barron F. Wallace, Bracewell LLP, Houston, TX
Tell us a little about yourself – your family, your hobbies, etc:
My wife Lisa and I met in college and have been married for almost 29 years. We have three adult children—Nathaniel, Gracey and William. Each of them are pursuing their careers or undergraduate degrees. Outside of work, I am actively involved in the Houston community, advocating for parks and greenspace through my work with the Houston Parks Board. I also enjoy cooking and golfing when time permits.
How has your participation and membership in NABL provided value to you and your practice?
First, it is important to mention that a NABL member mentored me at the University of Michigan Law School and helped me decide to become a bond lawyer. His name is David Baker Lewis. I have been a NABL member since my first year of practice. I remember my first Fundamentals in Atlanta, sitting in the audience thinking “how do they know all of that.” With experience, I was able to relate to the various scenarios being presented and ultimately became one of the people presenting to my fellow bond lawyers. By participating in NABL, I have gained perspective on various issues and greater understanding of how to approach the inevitable tough situations we may encounter in a transaction.
At The Institute conference in March, you are the panel chair for the Roles and Responsibilities Series – Disclosure Counsel break-out session. What do you hope attendees will gain from this session?
Disclosure Counsel has become a more frequent role on many transactions, but the approach varies a bit by region, segment of the market and firm. My approach on this panel is to have very experienced practitioners speak to the legal and practical issues that arise in a typical transaction. We hope to have some back and forth with the attendees to ensure we hit key topics.
Why should NABL members attend The Institute?
It is a great chance to hear and think about important trends in our practice area, and also to see friends and colleagues we have all come to know through NABL.