William H. Byrnes

Executive Professor of Law



“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?

I design suits including sourcing fabric, design, and tailoring.  I travel extensively, experiencing local culture, especially music, culinary, and the arts.  My musical tastes include primarily funk, EDM, blues and jam bands (Phish, Dead & Co, Govt. Mule) and jazz, and going to festivals.

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.


Presentations are listed on my CV.


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


  • Federal Income Tax
  • International Taxation
  • Transfer Pricing
  • 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 (2015-2019)
  • 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)