J. Nixon Fox III


Nick Fox has been practicing corporate and securities law 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. Nick also has a strong background in the taxation of business transactions, having earned a masters in taxation and practicing as a tax lawyer during the first ten years of his career in Austin, Washington D.C., New York, and Hong Kong, before settling back in Austin in 1995 and focusing on corporate law

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 is recognized by The American Registry as one of America’s Most Honored Lawyers – Top 5% 2020 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 has been recognized annually by Law.com as one of the top corporate lawyers in Austin and most recently has been named 2021 Lawyer of the Year for corporate law in Austin.

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