Will Becker


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Will Becker counsels on tax matters in connection with mergers and acquisitions; real estate joint ventures, acquisitions, and dispositions; and corporate reorganizations, spin-offs, and restructurings. He advises on compliance with federal income tax, Texas franchise tax, and sales and use tax laws, helping clients understand how these laws affect real estate investment trusts, limited liability companies, partnerships, corporations, S corporations and hedging and other derivative transactions. Will has extensive experience advising on REIT taxation matters, including formation, operation and disposition of REITs.

Will’s experience includes assisting clients in qualifying for investment and production tax credits for renewable energy projects. He has also guided non-profit clients through the formation of public charities and private foundations―and related filings for tax-exempt status.


Honors & Awards

  • Recommended by The Legal 500 for Project Finance (2023)
  • Named “Up & Coming” by Chambers USA for Tax (2023)
  • Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America®, Tax Law (2022-2024)
  • Named to the “Best Lawyers in Dallas,” list by D Magazine for Tax (2015-2020, 2022, 2023)
  • Super Lawyers® Texas Rising Star, Tax (2016-2018)
  • Profiled as a leading tax lawyer in the United States, The Legal 500 US (2015)


Bar Admissions

  • Texas


  • Northwestern University, LL.M.: with honors
  • Southern Methodist University, J.D.
  • Southwestern University, B.A.

Professional Activities


  • Member, Dallas Bar Association
  • Member, Dallas Bar Association Tax Section, Tax Council
  • Member, State Bar of Texas
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
  • NYSE REITs in numerous follow-on stock offerings and debt offerings
  • NYSE hospitality REIT in spin-off and initial public offering of NYSE specialized hospitality REIT
  • NYSE hospitality REIT in spin-off of publicly traded REIT advisory company
  • An investor and a real estate developer in a US$1 billion multifamily joint venture involving an acquisition from a sovereign fund
  • Public real estate advisory firm in acquisitions and joint ventures, involving private REITs, tax-exempt organizations, and foreign pension fund investors

Will has handled tax-related matters in connection with the following transactions:

  • Ashford Hospitality Trust in exchange offers of its preferred stock for common stock
  • Kosmos Energy in a crude oil prepayment agreement with Trafigura Trading LLC
  • Comstock Resources, Inc., in:
    • its acquisition of Covey Park Energy LLC in a cash and stock merger valued at approximately US$2.2 billion;
    • an underwritten public offering of 40 million shares of common stock at a price of US$5.00 per share, with a 30-day option for underwriters to purchase up to 6 million additional shares of common stock;
    • the issuance of $1.25 billion aggregate principal amount of new 6.75% senior notes due 2029 and cash tender offers to purchase up to $1.25 billion aggregate purchase price of its outstanding 7.50% senior notes due 2025 and 9.75% senior notes due 2026; and 
    • its asset purchase agreement with Northern Oil & Gas, Inc., to sell its assets in the Bakken shale for $154 million.
  • Burk Royalty Co., Ltd., in the sale of oil and gas assets in East Texas to ETX Energy, LLC
  • Leading outdoor advertising media provider in:
    • an amendment to its US$175 million accounts receivable securitization program;
    • a US$400 million high yield bond transaction; and
    • US$2.35 billion in high yield bond and credit transactions.
  • Ashford Inc. in its completed combination with Remington Holdings, LP
  • Advance Research Chemicals, Inc., a specialty chemicals and materials supplier, in its sale to Inhance Technologies, LLC, an international provider of sustainable polymer material science solutions
  • Adaptive3D, a leading provider of elastomeric solutions for additive manufacturing, in its sale to Desktop Metal, Inc.
  • Leading industrial recycling services provider Venture Metals, LLC in a strategic investment from Mill Rock Capital Management LP
  • Brink’s Incorporated in its acquisition of Balance Innovations

Press Releases

One Hundred O’Melveny Lawyers Recognized by Best Lawyers in America ® 2024

August 17, 2023

O’Melveny Advises Founders Oil & Gas on US$75 Million Sale of Central Basin Platform Assets to Ring Energy

July 13, 2023

O’Melveny Earns Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2023

June 1, 2023

O’Melveny Advises a Private Consortium on Merger with PureWest Energy

June 1, 2023

O’Melveny Advises Forge Energy II on US$540 Million Acquisition by Vital Energy

May 12, 2023

Ten O’Melveny Lawyers Named to D Magazine’s 2023 “Best Lawyers in Dallas” List

April 25, 2023

O’Melveny Advises Progress Equity Partners on Recapitalization of Hanson Lab Solutions

April 24, 2023

O’Melveny Advises Next Bridge Hydrocarbons in Spin-Off Transaction from Its Publicly-Traded Parent

January 11, 2023

O’Melveny Advises Craftsman Capital on Sale of CMIT Solutions to HKW

January 10, 2023

Eighty Five O’Melveny Lawyers Recognized by Best Lawyers in America ® 2023

August 24, 2022

O’Melveny Represents Amplifi Group in Strategic Investment from Source Capital

July 11, 2022

O’Melveny Advises Matador Resources Company in Acquisition of Summit Midstream Partners’ Lane Gathering and Processing System

June 22, 2022

Seven O’Melveny Partners Named to D Magazine’s 2022 “Best Lawyers in Dallas” List

April 28, 2022

O’Melveny Advises Ashford Inc. in Acquisition of Chesapeake Hospitality

April 19, 2022

O’Melveny Adds Distinguished Five-Partner Corporate, Tax Team in Dallas

January 19, 2022

In the News

Global Legal Chronicle: Ring Energy’s US$75 Million Acquisition of Central Basin Platform from Founders Oil & Gas

July 24, 2023

Global Legal Chronicle: PW Consortium’s US$1.84 Billion Merger With PureWest Energy

June 6, 2023

The Texas Lawbook: PureWest Energy Closes Merger with Family Offices, Financial Institutions for US$1.84B

June 1, 2023

The Texas Lawbook: CDT Roundup: 12 Deals, 10 Firms, 94 Lawyers, US$7B

May 16, 2023

The Texas Lawbook: CDT Roundup: 23 Deals, 18 Firms, 135 Lawyers, US$3.7B

May 3, 2023

Global Legal Chronicle: Progress Equity Partners’ Recapitalization of Hanson Lab Solutions

April 27, 2023

The Texas Lawbook: CDT Roundup: 11 Deals, 10 Firms, 102 Lawyers, US$2.8B - Craftsman Capital

January 18, 2023

The Texas Lawbook: CDT Roundup: 11 Deals, 10 Firms, 102 Lawyers, US$2.8B - Next Bridge Hydrocarbons, Inc.

January 18, 2023

Bloomberg Law: HKW Buys IT Managed Services Franchiser

January 13, 2023

Global Legal Chronicle: HKW’s Acquisition of CMIT Solutions LLC and HTW

January 12, 2023

MarketScreener: O’Melveny Advises Craftsman Capital on Sale of CMIT Solutions to HKW

January 11, 2023

Southeast Texas Record: O’Melveny advises Craftsman Capital on sale of CMIT Solutions to HKW

January 11, 2023

Southeast Texas Record: O’Melveny Represents Amplifi Group in Strategic Investment from Source Capital

July 13, 2022

Global Legal Chronicle: Source Capital’s Investment in Amplifi Group

July 13, 2022

Law360: O’Melveny Hires 6th Partner From Locke Lord In Texas

April 26, 2022

The Texas Lawbook: Capital Markets Pro Michelle Earley Jumps to O’Melveny

April 25, 2022

Dallas Business Journal: Local Corporate and Private Equity M&A lawyers Switch Firms, Talk How to Get Deals Done

February 7, 2022

The Texas Lawbook: Locke Lord Corporate Team in Dallas Departs for O’Melveny

January 19, 2022

Law360: O’Melveny Nabs 5-Partner Locke Lord Team in Dallas

January 19, 2022

Bloomberg Law: O’Melveny Grows Dallas Footprint With Five Locke Lord Partners

January 19, 2022

Reuters: O’Melveny Swipes Five-Partner Locke Lord Team in Further Texas Expansion

January 19, 2022

Texas Lawyer: O’Melveny Continues Texas Hiring With Five Locke Lord Corporate Partners

January 19, 2022

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