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, Florida, Texas, and Washington, D.C. 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 currently serves as a Commissioner of the Downtown Development District of the City of New Orleans, Chairman of the Louisiana Committee of 100 For Economic Development, Vice-Chairman/Chairman-Elect of The Idea Village, and as Chairman of the Board of the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra. He was appointed as a member of Mayor-Elect Mitch Landrieu’s Economic Development Task Force and of Governor-Elect Bobby Jindal’s Economic Growth Advisory Council as a member of the Business Retention and Recruitment Panel. 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 recently completed his terms as 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 New Orleans Region Community Advisory Board of Teach for America, and Chairman of the Board of WYES-TV 12. He also currently serves in board and/or leadership positions with Greater New Orleans, Inc., the Horizon Initiative, Louisiana Appleseed, the New Orleans Regional Medical District, 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, and the Louisiana State Museum Foundation.
Bill also was appointed by New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin 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, the Tulane University President’s Council, and the University of New Orleans Foundation Board. He is a graduate of Princeton University (A.B. 1978) and the University of Virginia School of Law (J.D. 1982).