William H. Byrnes

Executive Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Special Projects


“Before designing a course experience, I first research and assess the learners from the perspective of how that body of individuals consults and interacts with information. Our millennium-age students, and the next generation, are digital immigrants that bring a different environmental-interactive model to learning than the students of 20 years ago.”

Get to Know William H. Byrnes

What drew you to the law?

The study of tax and financial law, then acquiring my bar license, opened up international travel and employment opportunities. I pursued tax law because it is the common field that touches all people, all business and all finance, on an annual and transactional basis.

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

Over the past 21 years, I have enjoyed pushing students beyond their self-imposed boxes, and helping them develop new perspectives and knowledge-acquisition skills so that they may creatively approach challenges. Also, I have successfully assisted students in becoming great communicators, with published outcomes in journals, magazines and books. I greatly enjoy hearing from alumni who are pursuing a career that brings them personal satisfaction.

What do you hope students gain from your courses?

I hope students develop their thinking and learn knowledge-acquisition skills so they can self-generate multiple perspectives to creatively approach client issues. I also aspire to help students who choose a publication track to become excellent professional communicators of complex regulations and solutions.

What did you do prior to entering academia?

I built a substantial retainer book — based on value creation — of global financial service firms, multinational technology companies and ultra-high net worth investors. I then joined a Big Six accounting firm (Coopers & Lybrand) and developed staff who would operate as the outsourced international tax department for our clients. Because my specialization was transfer pricing, I brought a robust understanding of operations, financing and supply chain to the table.

What are you passionate about outside of the law?

My wife and I travel extensively, experiencing local culture, including music and the culinary arts. My musical tastes include primarily funk, EDM, jam bands and jazz, and I’m also passionate about publications and government policy consultancy.

What are your research interests?

My primary research interests focus on global taxation issues (e.g., tax treaties, transfer pricing), international capital movement, wealth management and financial planning, and anti-money laundering. I also research the history of charity and of company laws.


Link to my publications.


  • “FATCA Compliance of the MENA Region,” DMCC (government of Dubai) (May 19, 2015)
  • “Improvements to Combat Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing: A Comparative View of Spain and the United States,” Madrid (May 8, 2015)
  • “Basics of Transfer Pricing for International Practitioners,” California State Bar (April 21, 2015)
  • “Recommended Best Pedagogical Practices for Legal Education Delivered With Distance Learning Technologies,” University of Arizona Faculty Scholar Series, Tucson (April 8, 2015)
  • “Regulatory Impact for Best Practices of Distance Education,” Work Group for Distance Learning in Legal Education, UC Hastings College of Law (March 14, 2015)
  • “Paradigm Shift of the Tax Avoidance Concept: A Comparative View,”Central University of Finance and Economics, Beijing (March 13, 2015)
  • “Alternative Pedagogical Practices for Consideration by Instructional Faculty,” Waseda University faculty presentation, Tokyo (Feb. 4, 2015)
  • “Big Data, Cyber Security, and Exchange of Information Challenges,” Waseda University for Tokyo financial community and treasury department, Tokyo (Feb. 2-3, 2015)
  • “The 2015 New Year’s FATCA Update,”Stafford Information Solutions (Jan. 22, 2015)
  • “Exchange of Information of Corporate Financials of MNEs for Addressing BEPS,” University of Amsterdam Centre for Tax Law (winter course) (Jan. 21-27, 2015)
  • “Equivalent Tax Self Certification under FATCA, GATCA and the EU TSD,”Stafford Information Solutions (Nov. 24, 2014)
  • “Comparing the Equivalency of the New CRS, BBA, and US Ben Owner Reporting Forms, What’s a Financial Institution To Do?,” Budapest, Hungary (Nov. 21, 2014)
  • “Big Data and FATCA; Transfer Pricing Update,”Vertex Exchange, New Orleans (Sept. 27-28, 2014)
  • “Best Practices Report Workshop Leader,”William Mitchell College of Law, Minneapolis (Sept. 19, 2014)
  • “Program Startup and Assessment,” Dean’s Invitation, Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Texas Southern University (July 24-25, 2014)
  • “Meeting the Demands of the Substantially Overhauled W-8BEN Under New FATCA Rules,”Stafford Information Solutions (July 10, 2014)
  • “Implementing Treasury and IRS Amendments for NFFEs; Determining FFIs and Payee Status; Complying With IGAs, Withholding and Reporting Rules,” Stafford Information Solutions (June 26, 2014)
  • “Exchange of Information: FATCA, GATCA, BEPS, in the Context of Latin America,” Rosario University – Bogota and Amsterdam Centre for Tax Law of the University of Amsterdam, Bogota, Colombia (May 22-23, 2014)
  • “Novel Ideas: Literary Agents, Writers, and the Law [Entertainment & Intellectual Property],” San Diego County Bar Association Panel (April 16, 2014)
  • “Burning Issues for International Tax Career Seekers,” University of San Diego School of Law Graduate Tax Program (April 7, 2014)
  • “Cloning Your Clients,” Advisys webinar (April 2, 2014)
  • Section Chair, Best Practices Report, Distance Learning Workgroup for Legal Education, Washington University School of Law, St. Louis (March 7, 2014)
  • “Tying Course Learning Outcomes into a Flip the Classroom Model,” Distance Learning Workgroup for Legal Education, Washington University School of Law, St. Louis (March 6, 2014)
  • “A New International Standard of Information Exchange,” University of Amsterdam Centre for Tax Law (Jan. 16, 2014)
  • “Intergovernmental Agreements & Automatic Exchange With the USA: Is This the End of the United States as the World’s Largest Offshore Centre?,” Moscow State University & University of Amsterdam, Moscow (Oct. 25, 2013)
  • “Do the Benefits to Russia of Compliance with the USA’s FATCA Outweigh Its Russian Costs?,” Russian Tax Conference, Siberian Federal University, Krasnoyarsk, Russia (Sept. 27, 2013)
  • “Are Some U.S. Agreements More Equal than Others? DTAs, TIEA, IGAs and the U.S. Constitution. Exploring the Executive/Senate Treaty Authority, House of Representative ‘Origination’ of Tax Authority, and Congressional Regulation of Commerce with Foreign Nations Authority,” Conference on Constitutionalism, Siberian Federal University, Krasnoyarsk, Russia (Sept. 26, 2013)
  • “Intergovernmental Agreement with the United States – What Should It Contain for Bermuda?,” Government House, Hamilton, Bermuda (Aug. 8, 2013)
  • “Categorization of Trusts by FATCA and the Intergovernmental Agreements,” HSBC, Switzerland (April 19, 2013)
  • “Consequences for the Accidental (Latin) American and US Reciprocal Automatic Exchange,” Credit Suisse, Switzerland (April 19, 2013)
  • “Intergovernmental Agreement Shopping for Definitions,” UBS, Switzerland (April 18, 2013)
  • “Where Will Deposits in the US Flee?,”Bank Julius Baer, Switzerland (April 18, 2013)
  • “Will Non-US Banks Continue to Do Business with US Expats?,” Hinduja, Switzerland (April 17, 2013)
  • “FATCA’s Impact on US Banking by Mexican Clientele,” UBP, Switzerland (April 17, 2013)
  • “FATCA Implications for Latin American Clientele of Swiss Banks,” LATCAM – Swiss Chamber of Commerce, Switzerland (April 16, 2013)
  • “FATCA’s Compliance for San Diego Financial Institutions,” SDCBA CLE, San Diego (April 10, 2013)
  • “Outcomes, Measures and Assessment in International Legal Exchanges,” Section on International Legal Exchange, AALS Congress, New Orleans (Jan. 7, 2013)
  • “De que modo outras culturas juridicas esperam se relacionar com o Brasil?,” Forum de Coordenadores dos programs de pos-graducao em direito, supported by the OAB and CAPES (Nov. 30, 2012)
  • “FATCA’s Impact on Foreign Investment in US Real Estate and Related Products from 2013,” Thomson/Sweet & Maxwell authors conference, London (Nov. 8, 2012)
  • “Leveraging ART (Alternative Risk Transfer) for Difficult to Value Assets,” financial services workshop, Spain (Oct. 18, 2012)
  • “Pedagogical Approaches, Curriculum Offerings, and Best Practices for Capacity Building in the Financial Services and Legal Industry,” Government-Industry Workgroup, UTech, Kingston, Jamaica (Sept. 20, 2012)
  • “Developing an Effective Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Regime,” LexisNexis Video CLE (permanent collection), New York (April 26, 2012)
  • “FATCA Update,” LexisNexis Video CLE (permanent collection), New York (April 25, 2012 [afternoon])
  • “Issues with Developing FATCA Compliance Systems,” CITCO, New York (April 25, 2012 [morning])
  • “Best Practices for Distance Education Development & Delivery,” keynote address and a panel discussion, WOSA – Indian National Board of Accreditation Congress (March 25-28, 2012)
  • “How Well Do You Know Your Clients: Compliance/AML Issues/Crossing Borders,” AICPA (Jan. 12, 2011)
  • “How New Custody Rule Impacts CPA Financial Planners,” AICPA (Jan. 11, 2011)
  • “The Nuance of Regulatory and Financial Reform,” AICPA (Jan. 10, 2011)
  • “Exploring Alternative LLM programs: Executive, Mixed Delivery, and Dual Degrees (Non-U.S. and Cross-Discipline),” American Association of Law Schools Section on Graduate Programs for Non-U.S. Lawyers Program Organizer (Jan. 7, 2011)
  • “Treaty Override of the Japan-United States Tax Treaty: A Three-Part Analysis Addressing Public Finance & Public Policy, International Relations, and Tax Policy,” Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan (Nov. 19, 2010) *Japanese translation of paper, Waseda Asia Review No. 11 (2012)  p.74.
  • “New Developments of the Spanish-United States Tax Treaty,” University of Valencia, Spain (Nov. 4, 2010)
  • “New Avenues for U.S. Real Estate Investments – Distressed Income Producing Commercial Properties,” Thomson-Reuters International Tax Systems & Planning Techniques Conference, London (Oct. 28, 2010)
  • “Proposal for Establishing a Work Group for Distance Education to Explore Learning Outcomes,”Regulatory Proposals, Future of Legal Ed Conference of Harvard Law School and New York Law School (Oct. 16, 2010)
  • “The Compliance Costs to Business and Government versus the Expected Revenue Collection for the Overlapping Compliance Regimes of the USA (and Their Applicability to South Africa),” SAIT, Johannesburg (Oct. 13, 2010)
  • “Using Econometrics and Predictive Modeling for Allocation of Resources to Counter Organized Crime” (April 22, 2010)
  • “Researching Current Trends and Strategies of Organized Crime Regarding Money Laundering,” (2009) with interactive media project exploring a predictive artificial intelligence system for trends in AML
  • “Preparing for the New European Driven Wealth Management Model,” Financial Planners Association of the Certified Financial Planners, Palm Springs, California (April 28, 2009)
  • “Business Process Outsourcing and Legal Services – Issues with India,” Florida Bar Association, Orlando (Nov. 14, 2008)
  • “Tax Risk Management: The Relationship Circle,”Vertex Annual Congress, San Diego (Oct. 22, 2008)
  • “Transfer Pricing: Multi-Purpose Functional Analysis (Tax Department as the Hero),” Vertex Annual Congress, San Diego (Oct. 21, 2008)
  • “Are Financial Institutions Optimally Utilizing Their AML Compliance Expenditures?,” opening address, Cambridge Symposium on Economic Crimes, Jesus College, Cambridge (Aug. 30-Sept. 6, 2008)
  • “New Neuroscience Understanding of Expertise,” American Accounting Association annual congress, Anaheim, California (August 2008)
  • “‘How to Approach’ for Online Programs,” CALI Conference, University of Nevada School of Law (June 2007)
  • “Obtaining the Skills Required for Performing Tax Process Outsourcing,” All India Federation of Tax Practitioners at the New York Bar Association (May 29, 2007)
  • “The Economic State of International Financial Services and Its Socio-Economic Impact,” EU Intra-Government Conference, nongovernmental representative headline presenter and moderator among the EU government officials and their territories and the IMF and Caribbean Development Bank (May 2007)
  • “Risks and Opportunities in a Global Economy – Perspective on the Investment Horizon,” American Academy of Financial Management & Pervasive Learning Solutions, New York (April 7, 2007)


  • Anti-money laundering and risk management
  • Financial planning and wealth management
  • International taxation
  • Taxation


  • Federal Income Tax
  • Transfer Pricing (guest lecturer, Texas A&M University Mays Business School)

Academic Experience

  • Executive Professor of Law
    Texas A&M University School of Law (2015 -present)
  • Associate Dean, Special Projects
    Texas A&M University School of Law (2015-present)
  • Associate Dean, Graduate & Distance Education
    Thomas Jefferson School of Law (2007-2015)
  • Professor of Law
    St. Thomas University School of Law (2005-2006)
  • Associate Professor of Law
    St. Thomas University School of Law (2000-2005)
  • Associate Professor of Law
    Regent University School of Law (1998-2000)
  • Visiting Professor
    University of Witwatersrand Faculty of Commerce, Law, and Management; Department of Accountancy; South Africa (1996-2014)
  • Lecturer
    Departement Rekeningkunde, Randse Afrikaanse Universiteit, South Africa, in association with the Institute of Advanced Studies (1994-1996)


  • Fellowship, Transfer Pricing, IBFD and University of Amsterdam (1992-1995)
  • LL.M. in European Business, Tax Specialization, University of Amsterdam Law School (1992-1995)
  • J.D., Loyola University School of Law (1989-1992)
  • B.A. in Political Economics, Tulane University (1984-1989)

Awards / Honors

  • India’s National Board of Accreditation, 2012 Education Leadership Award
  • J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB) and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs, (ECA) 2013-2018 Fulbright Specialist Roster for the areas of comparative law and for taxation
  • National Press Club (Washington, D.C.) admitted journalist #19868

Other Professional Activities

  • Chair Elect (2015), International Legal Exchange Section, American Association of Law Schools, Executive Committee (2013- continuing)
  • Treasurer (2015) and Chair (2010), Graduate Programs for Non-U.S. Attorneys Section, American Association of Law Schools, Executive Committee (2008-2010; 2014- continuing)
  • Chair (2005), Post-Graduate Legal Education Section, American Association of Law Schools, Executive Committee (2003-2005)
  • Florida Bar Association Committee on Continuing Legal Education (2001-05)
  • Chair (2014), Sub Group for “Distance Learning in Legal Education: A Summary of Delivery Models, Regulatory Issues and Recommended Practices,” for Distance Learning in Legal Education Executive Committee (2011 - 2015)