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Robert L. Sonfield Jr.

Robert L. Sonfield Jr.

also known as Robert L. 'Bob' Sonfield Jr

Practice areas:

Securities Offerings, Financial Markets and Services, Tax

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About Me

Robert L. Sonfield, Jr. was born in Houston, Texas, October 28, 1931.  He received a B.A. degree from the University of Houston in 1956 and J.D. in 1959.  He received a certificate in Taxation in 1973 at New York University and a certificate in Securities Regulation from Harvard University in 1981.  He is a member of Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity and received the St. John Garwood Award for Scholarship.  He was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 1959 and became licensed to practice before the U. S. Supreme Court in the same year.  Upon graduation Mr. Sonfield began his career as a securities and tax lawyer with the firm of Sonfield & Sonfield.  An active member of the Houston Bar Association, Mr. Sonfield served as Chairman, Interprofessional Relations Committee-Realtors, 1970-1972; Subcommittee Chairman, District Committee on Admissions, 1974-1978; Continuing Legal Education Committee, 1971-1977; Chairman, Seminar, Securities Aspects of Real Estate Syndication, 1971; Chairman, Seminar, Real Estate Syndication, 1973; Counsel, Taxation Section, 1983.  He is also very active in the American Bar Association where he is a member of the Taxation Section.  As a member of the State Bar of Texas Mr. Sonfield served on the Clients Security Fund Committee, 1971-1980; was Vice-Chairman, 1973-1977; and Chairman, 1977-1979.  He also served on the following State Bar committees: Bar Candidates Committee, 1972-1974; Clients Protection Committee, 1981; and Interest on Lawyers Trust Account Committee, 1981.  Other professional service includes the Lawyers Society of Houston and American Tax Lawyers Association (President 1977-    ).  He is a member of the American Judicature Society, Legal Services to the Poor in Texas, Inc. (Director, 1982-    ), the Houston Bar Foundation, the Texas Equal Access to Justice Foundation, International Association of Financial Planning and a Fellow of The Texas State Historical Association.  Mr. Sonfield is a regular lecturer on tax and securities subjects at many institutes and seminars around the country.  Legal teaching positions include: Seminar Chairman; Securities Aspects of Real Estate Syndication, Houston Bar Association CLE, 1971; Real Estate Syndication, Houston Bar Association CLE, 1973.  Instructor, Federal and State Securities Law Organizer Liability, Real Estate Reorganizing and Bankruptcy Conference, 1986.  He has written the following articles:  “The Texas Limited Partnership as a Vehicle for Real Estate Investment,” St. Mary’s Law Journal, 1971; “Integration of Limited Partnership Offerings,” RESSI Newsletter, 1974; “Limited Partnership Taxation,” West 1975; “Corporate Financing by Sale of Securities to the Public,” Gulf Coast, 1972; “Mergers & Acquisitions,” Gulf Coast, 1973; “The Honorable (Dishonorable) John C. Watrous,” Houston Bar Journal 1975; and “Tax Sheltered Research & Development Financing,” Paridigm 1985.  The Grantor Trust Rules after the Tax Reform Act of 1986.  August 1986; Incentive Equity Program;  Corporate Name Protection along with Name Registration;  A Guide to SEC Corporate Filing; Organizational Professionals’ Residual Litigation and Investment Strategy; Comparing California, Delaware and Nevada Corporate Laws in Light of California Corporations Code Section 2115; Offering of Unregistered Securities only to Accredited Investors; Disclosure Policies, Practice & Procedures for Public Companies; Regulation of Franchises; How to Become a Publicly Held Company Via the Registered Distribution of a Percentage of Your Company’s Stock to Shareholders; Patent, Trade Secrets, Trademark & Copyright Law:  A Primer; Using the SEC’s New Small Business Rules to Raise Capital and Simplify Reporting--Regulation D; Sales of Securities under Rule 144; Small Corporate Offering Regulation Form (Form U-7); Trademark Scan--U.S. Federal; Incentive Stock Option Agreement; Stock Option Plans; Letter summarizing in nontechnical terms the principal obligations and responsibility of controlling persons of a company with outstanding publicly owned securities; Forms for Use by Foreign Private Issuers

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1959

  1. Securities Offerings: 55%
    56 years, 500 cases
  2. Financial Markets and Services: 30%
    56 years, 500 cases
  3. Tax: 15%
    56 years

Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($500-650/hour)

Payment Types:

Check

Attorney Endorsements

2 total

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    I endorse this lawyer's work. I have known and worked with Mr. Sonfield for 7+ years. He has integrity, intelligence and a 'can do' attitude.

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    John Malone Social Security Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Samuel Earl Whitley

    Bob's knowledge of the practical aspects of securities law is excellent. He has helped me strategize on various offerings and SEC filings. He is a forceful advocate for his clients before the SEC staff but is also forthright with his clients regarding potential issues and the steps required to remedy them.

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    Samuel Whitley Business Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

Sonfield & Sonfield

2500 Wilcrest Dr Ste 300
Houston, TX, 77042

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
TXEligible To Practice In Texas 195905/24/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
The College of the State Bar of TexasState Bar of Texas2009

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Managing DirectorSonfield & Sonfield1959 - Present

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Houston Bar Association,Taxation SectionCounsel1983 - Present
American Tax Lawyers AssociationPresident1977 - Present
State Bar of TexasChairman1977 - 1979
Houston Bar Association,District Committee on AdmissionsChairman1974 - 1978
State Bar of TexasVice Chair1973 - 1977
Houston Bar Association,Continuing Legal Education CommitteeMember1971 - 1977
Texas State Bar Association,Clients Security Fund CommitteeMember1971 - 1980
Houston Bar Association, Interprofessional Relations Committee-RealtorsChairman1970 - 1972
American Tax Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
State Bar of TexasMemberN/A
American Judicature SocietyMemberN/A
Houston Bar AssociationMemberN/A

Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
UnknownTax Sheltered Research & Development Financing1985
UnknownLimited Partnership Taxation1975
Houston Bar JournelThe Honorable (Dishonorable) John C. Watrous1975
RESSI NewsletteIntegration of Limited Partnership Offerings1974
UnknownMergers & Acquisitions1973
UnknownCorporate Financing by Sale of Securities to the Public1972
St. Mary's Law JournalThe Texas Limited Partnership as a Vehicle for Real Estate Investment1971

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Harvard University Law SchoolSecurities LawCertificate1981
University of Houston Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor1959
University of HoustonEngineeringBA - Bachelor of Arts1956

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Law school classSecurities law2012