Since 2010, Bill Harrison has concentrated his practice on non-admiralty law matters for maritime/waterfront entities, most notably the Virginia Port Authority and Virginia International Terminals, LLC.  In addition to advising on complex real estate and corporate matters for the Port of Virginia, Mr. Harrison also serves as Bond Counsel for the issuance of the VPA’s Port Facilities Revenue Bonds and Commonwealth Port Fund Revenue Bonds.

Since 2010, Bill Harrison has concentrated his practice on non-admiralty law matters for maritime/waterfront entities, most notably the Virginia Port Authority and Virginia International Terminals, LLC.  In addition to advising on complex real estate and corporate matters for the Port of Virginia, Mr. Harrison also serves as Bond Counsel for the issuance of the VPA’s Port Facilities Revenue Bonds and Commonwealth Port Fund Revenue Bonds.

Over the course of his 37-year career, Bill has been responsible for innovating and documenting complex commercial real estate transactions using an array of public-private partnership arrangements.  Recently, he was lead counsel for the Virginia Department of Transportation in its privatization of five regional Transportation Operation Centers across the Commonwealth, including its Safety Service Patrols, Advanced Traffic Management Systems and Intelligent Transportation Systems.  He has crafted public-private transactions for a growing list of public and private sector members in the lodging industry and the entertainment industry and in higher education seeking to achieve successful projects which acting alone would be infeasible.  In addition, he developed the legal architecture for the development of the public-private partnership with the Commonwealth that led to the development and financing of the Mason School of Business at the College of William and Mary.

Bill also has an in-depth understanding of complex structured financing arrangements in the field of tax-exempt finance, including municipal finance.  He is frequently called upon by developers, municipalities and institutional lenders to help structure new projects.  His prior service as a member of Virginia Beach City Council (1994 to 2002) gives him an unusual  perspective in the planning of public-private partnerships and in the representation of clients doing business in Virginia Beach.  Bill has crafted public-private joint ventures for municipal parking facilities, a 20,000-seat outdoor amphitheater, a soccer stadium, a TPC Golf Course, hotel and conference center projects, university facilities, performing arts facilities and public entertainment complexes.

Bill’s municipal finance practice includes serving as bond counsel, borrower’s counsel and underwriter’s counsel for the issuance of tax-exempt obligations for both public and private facilities.  Bill has advised on the issuance of private activity bonds for governmentally-owned port facilities, manufacturers, qualified 501(c)(3) bonds for numerous health care and assisted living facilities throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia and for recreational and educational facilities for charitable organizations and private secondary schools.  He has served as bond counsel nationally to finance qualified residential rental housing projects.  He has been in The Bond Buyer's Municipal Marketplace (the “Red Book") since early in his career. 

Bill has also helped consummate taxable multi-million dollar loans for lenders and developers in connection with shopping centers and malls, office buildings, high-rise apartment buildings, marinas, nursing homes, hotels and motels and industrial buildings.  These transactions involved the use of guaranties, ground leases, leasehold mortgages, conduit mortgages and pass-through certificates of participation, letters of credit, equity participation mortgages and wrap mortgages.  He is frequently engaged by lenders, developers and other real estate investors who require advice and guidance in contract negotiations, financial planning, land use issues and structuring of acquisition and development loans.  In addition, Bill is called upon by new businesses seeking to establish themselves in Virginia for counseling at the initial stages of development.

Bill is routinely engaged to handle the preparation of applications for conditional use permits and conditional rezonings and the presentation of such documents before the Planning Commission and the City Council of the City of Virginia Beach because of his long-term relationships with Virginia Beach Planning Staff and his lifelong residency in Virginia Beach.

Bill graduated from the University of Virginia (B.A. 1975; J.D. 1978).  He is a member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers and the ABA Section on Real Property Law.  He was named to Virginia Business magazine’s list of “Legal Elite” in 2008 and 2010 and listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Public Finance Law every year from 2011-2015. 

He is active in numerous civic and charitable endeavors.  Bill was a founding member of the board of trustees of the Virginia Stage Company, a former commissioner of the Virginia Beach Personnel Board, a past chairman of the Virginia Beach United Way and a former trustee of the University of Virginia Athletics Foundation.  Governor McDonnell appointed Bill to serve on the Commonwealth of Virginia Treasury Board, and Governor McAuliffe reappointed him for a second term.  He also served as a commissioner of the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission.  He is a past president of the Central Business District Association and currently serves on its Executive Committee.  In 2010, Bill was appointed as the first chairman of the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization Citizen Transportation Advisory Committee.  Bill remains active politically in the City of Virginia Beach.