Bill Frizzell is a native of Athens, Texas. He is a 1974 graduate of the University of Texas (BBA). He received his law degree from South Texas College of Law (1977). He is a Member of the State Bar of Texas and the Smith County Bar Association. He is licensed in all State courts in Texas, the Eastern District of Texas Federal Courts and the Fifth Circuit Court in New Orleans.
Bill began his law career trying criminal cases in Houston. He tried three capital murder cases to a verdict. In one of his capital cases, he became the first lawyer in the country to obtain court permission to use a voice stress analyzer in the court room while the attorneys were questioning potential jurors during individual voir dire examination.
In 1985 a large group of disenfranchised voters hired Mr. Frizzell to represent them against a city in East Texas that had incorporated itself through illegal voting methods. Texas Monthly ran a feature article about Mr. Frizzell's success in having an East Texas city's status taken away by the verdict of an East Texas jury. Mr. Frizzell represented a group of women victims injured by the defective Dalkon Shield manufactured by the A.H. Robins Company. Compensation for these victims was obtained after extensive work with a bankruptcy trust set up to compensate the victims.
During the early 80's, Bill wrote oil and gas title opinions for several major oil companies. He founded Hondo International Oil and Gas to develop a large lease block acquired near the Katy gas field.
Mr. Frizzell is an avid sports fan and has had the opportunity over the years to represent some outstanding athletes in various sports. Mr. Frizzell was a National Football League Contract Advisor from 1993 to 1995. He authored an article entitled Liability for Injuries Caused by Physical Therapists, Trainers, and Coaches for the Third Annual East Texas Sports Medicine Seminar in June of 1994.
What began as help for a professional boxer charged with a DWI, turned into several years as a top boxing manager and legal representative of numerous boxing talents. Bill represented former top ten welterweight contender Ray Lovato. He was the manager of top ten heavyweight contender Lionel Butler. Bill was the attorney/manager of Raul Marquez, the former IBF Jr. Middleweight World champion from Houston, Texas during his quest for a world title. Bill assisted Bronze Medalist Antonio Tarver as legal counsel through the Olympic Trials in 1996 and for a short while after he began his pro career. Antonio went on to become the WBC and IBF light heavyweight world champion. Tarver lately distinguished himself as Mason Dixon- the last opponent of Rocky Balboa in the final Rocky movie. He is well versed in negotiating promotional and managerial contracts and other boxing related matters. He has represented numerous boxers in their contracts with many of the famous promoters including Don King, Lou Duva and Bob Arum.
Bill was asked in the late 1990’s to help spear head the Asia Pacific Football League. The APFL was a startup league formed to play American football in the Asia Pacific Rim. Although the league never began play for political reasons, it was supported by NFL International. There are current discussions of renewing the attempt to bring pro football to Asia.
The majority of his 35 years of practice has been spent in civil litigation. Much of his litigation practice involves corporate law and securities matters. In October of 2007, he authored “A Case of Renewed Interest in Shareholder Rights” for the Texas Advanced Paralegal Seminar held in Dallas, Texas. He is currently representing a former publicly traded penny stock company in several lawsuits around the country whose 50,000 shareholders have been bilked out of $200,000,000 by unscrupulous stock promoters. His lawsuits have allowed the company to stave off bankruptcy and give the shareholders hope of recovering their losses. His work for this company is chronicled in a recently published book entitled “The Naked Truth-Investing In The Stock Play Of A Lifetime” authored by Mark Faulk. Jury verdicts and default judgments have been taken against the wrongdoers in this securities case in Texas and Nevada totaling more than $120,000,000. Post judgment collection work for this company has taken place in North Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, Texas, Nevada and California.