WILLIAM RATLIFF III JOINS DECKER JONES AS SENIOR COUNSEL; Deemed a “strong match” in Fort Worth’s legal world.

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Contact:      Kate Lattimore Norris

Deemed a “strong match” in Fort Worth’s legal world. 

FORT WORTH, TX—William D. Ratliff III, a native of Fort Worth and a legal stalwart, has joined Decker Jones, PC, the city’s second oldest law firm, as Senior Counsel, Brian Yost, Chief Executive Officer, has announced.

“Bill is a unique individual whose family and professional cultures center on his hometown of Fort Worth,” Yost said.  “A talented lawyer who, indeed, could have relocated to many places through the years, has continued to serve his client base from right here.  We welcome him to our firm and look forward to gaining his expertise in his many specialty areas.”

Ratliff is recognized as a Preeminent Lawyer by Martindale Hubbell and as one America’s Best Lawyers in real estate, corporate finance and banking.  He has also been selected to Texas Super Lawyers 2003-2005 and 2007-2014 in the areas of taxation, real estate and energy.

A graduate of the University of Texas with a BBA in 1971, he earned his juris doctorate from UT in 1974, and his masters of law in taxation from Southern Methodist University in 1975.

Born in Fort Worth, he is a graduate of Arlington Heights High School.  His father, William D. Ratliff Jr., was a founder of Shannon, Gracey, Ratliff & Miller, a high-profile, full-service law firm that was founded in 1938.  It closed its doors in 2018. Ratliff has been a member of the Fort Worth Stock Show Syndicate since 1988.  He serves on the Executive Committee of the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show.  “Fort Worth is just the right size of city,” he says.  “There’s great trust here—and folks are easy to get along with.  I have always loved our western culture.”

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