WILLIAM H. HINES is the Managing Partner of Jones Walker law firm, headquartered in New Orleans, Louisiana, and with offices in Baton Rouge and Lafayette, Louisiana, and the States of Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, New York, Ohio, and Texas, and Washington, D.C. He is a graduate of Princeton University (A.B. 1978) and the University of Virginia School of Law (J.D. 1982).
Mr. Hines has handled a wide variety of negotiated transactions and financings, both domestic and foreign, for publicly held and private companies. Mr. Hines has been selected for inclusion in the publication The Best Lawyers in America in the practice areas of Banking Law, Corporate Law, International Trade and Finance Law, Project Finance Law, and Real Estate Law.
Mr. Hines is a member of a number of professional and civic organizations. He was appointed as a member of Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s Economic Development Task Force and of Governor Bobby Jindal’s Economic Growth Advisory Council as a member of the Business Retention and Recruitment Panel, and of the City of New Orleans Homeless Services Working Group. Additionally, Mr. Hines co-chaired the Economic Development Committee of the City of New Orleans Bring New Orleans Back Commission following Hurricane Katrina.
He was Chairman of the Board of Greater New Orleans, Inc. during its first year of existence, 2004-2005, and was the Chairman of the Board of the MetroVision Economic Development Partnership from 2001 through 2003. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of UNITY of Greater New Orleans and has completed terms as Chairman of the Board of The Idea Village, Chairman of the Board of the Downtown Development District of the City of New Orleans, Chairman of the Board of the Louisiana Committee of 100 For Economic Development, Chairman of the Board of the Council for a Better Louisiana and as Chairman of the Board of the New Orleans Arts Council, Chairman of the Board of the United Way for Greater New Orleans, Chairman of the Board of the New Orleans Region Community Advisory Board of Teach for America, Chairman of the Board of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, and Chairman of the Board of WYES-TV 12.
He also currently serves inboard and/or leadership positions with Greater New Orleans, Inc., Louisiana Appleseed, the National World War II Museum, the World Trade Center of N.O., the N.O. Business Council, the Greater N.O. Sports Foundation (he also co-chaired the NCAA 2003 Final Four Host Committee), the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the Emeril Lagasse Foundation, the Bayou District Foundation, and the Louisiana State Museum Foundation. Bill also was appointed by the City of New Orleans as Co-chairman of the Hollywood South Board of the City of New Orleans, as well as to the City of New Orleans Economic Development Advisory Committee and the City of New Orleans Homelessness Blue Ribbon Task Force and serves as Honorary Consul of Portugal for the State of Louisiana. He also serves on the Ochsner Health System Board, and the Tulane University President’s Council.