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William T. Armstrong, III (Bill)

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Location(s)

San Antonio

Education

  • American University, B.A., 1969
  • University of Texas, J.D., 1972 – With Honors

Bar Admission

  • The State of Texas, 1972
  • United States Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit, 1978
  • United States District Court Southern District of Texas, 1978
  • United States District Court Western District of Texas, 1978
  • United States Court of Appeals Eleventh Circuit, 1981
  • United States Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit, 1981
  • United States Supreme Court, 1992

About William T. Armstrong, III (Bill)

Since graduating from the University of Texas School of Law in 1972, Bill Armstrong has practiced law in San Antonio since October of 1973.  In over forty years of legal practice, he has been involved in a varied litigation practice including a major anti-trust trial and appeal, the trial and appeal of two water rights law lawsuits representing landowners, will contests, and numerous contract disputes.  For much of his career, there has been a focus on representing employers and in representing local governmental entities including school districts, Texas community college districts, counties, and municipalities.  He has advised the various entities on issues involving the Texas Open Meetings Act, the Texas Public Information Act, Voting Rights Act, redistricting, bidding requirements for government contracts, disputes with employees, students, and parents as well as a myriad of other issues that these entities face.  Many of the entities constitute some of the largest business organizations in the San Antonio area in terms of employees, construction budgets, and operating budgets.  As a part of this representation, Bill has represented governmental entities in suits brought by employees, taxpayers, students, and contractors.  He currently serves as the outside general counsel for the Alamo Community College District which has over 50,000 students at its five colleges.  In the past three years, Bill has represented an oil field service provider in a DOL investigation of alleged underpayment of employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act, a municipal housing authority in a suit brought by a terminated chief operating officer, and many employee claims of discrimination or retaliation in employment before the EEOC and in state and federal courts.

During his years of practice, Bill has served as Director of the School Law Section of the Texas Bar Association, a Director and then Chair of the Texas Association School Law Attorneys and was recently elected as a Director of the Texas Association of Community College Attorneys.  He has given continuing legal education presentations to the 2003 State Bar of Texas School Law Section Conference on Construction Law, and the annual 1994 University of Texas School Law Conference in Austin.  He was a co-author of a St. Mary’s Law Review article on “Teacher Termination and Nonrenewal in Texas Public Schools,” 16 St. Mary’s L.J. 783 (1985) that was later cited by Justice Cornyn in the majority opinion in Grounds v. Tolar, 856 S.W. 2d 417 (Tex. 1993).  He has also served in leadership roles such as civic organizations as the South Texas Leukemia Society, San Antonio Texas Exes, and San Antonio Longhorn Club.


Associations

  • Texas Association of Community College Attorneys, Director, 2013
  • American Bar Association
  • Texas Bar Association, Member, Council of the School Law Section, past officer
  • Texas Council of School Attorneys, President 2003 – 2004
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel San Antonio Longhorn Club, President, 1996 – 1997
  • San Antonio Texas Exes, President, 1993 – 1994

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Cases & Publications

Representative Cases

Alamo Community College District v. Browning Const. Co.,
131 s.w.3d 146, 187 Ed. Law Rep. 315 (Tex. App. – San Antonio (2004, Pet. pending)

Martinez v. City of San Antonio, 40 S.W.3d 587 (Tex. App. – San Antonio 2001)

Yzaguirre v. KCS resources, Inc., 53 S.W.3d 368 (Tex. 2001)

Lenape Resources Corp. v. Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co., 925 S.W.2d 565

Houston Lighting & Power Co. v. Dickinson Independent School Dist., 794 S.W.2d 402 (Tex. App. – Texarkana 1990)

Texas Employment Comm’n v. Southside Independent School Dist., 775 S.W.2d 733 (Tex. App. – San Antonio 1989)

Austin v. Rosenberg, 740 S.W.2d 62 (Tex. App. – San Antonio 1987)

In Re Adjudication of Water Rights in Medina River Watershed of San Antonio River Basin,
(Tex. 1984)

Garza v. Mitchell, 607 S.W.2d 593 (Tex. Civ. App. – Tyler 1980)

Kelly v. Kelley, 575 S.W.2d 612 (Tex. Civ. App. – San Antonio 1978)

North East Independent School District v. North East Federation of Teachers, Local No. 3410, Am. Federation of Teacher, AFL-CIO, 541 S.W.2d 191 (Tex. Civ. App. – El Paso 1976)

Karam v. H.E. Butt Grocery Co., 527 S.W.2d 481 (Tex. Civ. App. – San Antonio 1975)

Kirkland v. Northside Independent School Dist., 890 F.2d 794 (5th Cir. [Tex.] 1989)

Gibson v. Rosenberg, 797 F.2d (5th Cir. [Tex.] 1986)

Findeisen v. North East Independent School Dist., 749 F.2d 234 (5th Cir. [Tex.] 1984)

Hastings v. North East Independent School Dist., 615 F.2d 639 (5th Cir. [Tex.] 1980)

Carpa, Inc. v. Ward Foods, Inc., 567 F.2d 1316 (1978)

Siler v. Brady Independent School Dist., 553 F.2d 385 (5th Circ. 1977)

Carpa, Inc. v. Ward Foods, Inc., 536 F.2d 39 (5th Cir. 1976)

Published Works

Co-Author, “Teacher Termination and Nonrenewal in Texas Public Schools,” 16 St. Mary’s L.J. 783 (1985)


Personal Information

Mr. Armstrong is married to Nancy Bayliss Armstrong and has three children, Will, Anne and Daniel. He is active in organizations of attorneys representing Texas school districts, including recently serving as Chairman of the Texas Council of School Attorneys. He has spoken at a wide range of legal and school law continuing education seminars. He is active in local organizations; Mr. Armstrong has served as a director of the South Texas Leukemia Society and Oak Hills Country Club. He is an avid supporter of the University of Texas and has served as President of the San Antonio chapters of the Texas Exes and the Longhorn Club. Mr. Armstrong’s hobbies are golf, reading and gardening. He is a member of the Alamo Heights Methodist Church.