J. Nixon Fox III


John Nixon Fox III (Nick) has been practicing corporate law in Texas for over 25 years, with a focus on private equity and M&A transactions, representing clients engaged in a broad range of industries, including private equity, energy, technology. and life sciences (including cannabis). Nick also has a strong background in the taxation of business transactions, having earned a masters in taxation at NYU in 1985 after graduating from the University of Texas Law School in 1984. Prior to moving back to Texas in 1995, Nick practiced tax and corporate law in Washington DC and Hong Kong.
Nick acts as outside general counsel for a number of privately-held companies, from start-ups to international business ventures, as well as private equity investors, including buyout funds, venture capital funds, and angel investors. Nick advises start-ups on company formation, capital structure, equity incentive plans, executive employment agreements, corporate governance, and other general corporate matters. Nick helps more mature companies and investment funds successfully complete a broad array of M&A and private equity transactions, including fund formations, debt and equity financings (from angel investments to leveraged buyouts), mergers and acquisitions, recapitalizations, joint ventures, and strategic alliances.
Nick holds a BV Distinguished Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the premier rating service for lawyers based upon peer review, which also has awarded Nick a Very High Rating in Both Legal Abilities and Ethical Standards. Nick has been recognized by The American Registry as one of America’s Most Honored Lawyers – Top 5%, and also has been recognized as one of the top corporate lawyers in Texas by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and Best Lawyers in America. Nick is recognized annually by Law.com as one of the top corporate lawyers in Austin and was named Austin’s Lawyer of the Year in 2021 for Corporate Law.

New York University School of Law, L.L.M. Taxation (1985)

University of Texas School of Law, J.D. with honors (1984)

Southern Methodist University, B.A. magna cum laude (1981)

State Bar of Texas (1984-present)

The District of Columbia Bar (1987-present)

Certified Public Accountant (1987)

Legal Advisory Council: The Entrepreneurs Foundation of Central Texas (2001-2010)

Chairman, 2006 World Congress on Information Technology (2002-2006)

Peer-Reviewed – Corporate Lawyer of the Year, 2020
Legal Ability and Ethical Standards, Peer and Client reviewed – Distinguished Rating Award 2020
Best Lawyers in America: Corporate Law, Woodward/White, Inc. 2008-present