About the Firm

Smith, Murdaugh, Little & Bonham, L.L.P. is a boutique law firm consisting of nine lawyers. The firm was founded in 1947 as Smith, Kronzer & Minter, and its practice today is concentrated in the areas of public law and public finance, typically with respect to the creation and representation of special districts, generally within the extraterritorial jurisdiction of the City of Houston. The firm also has represented cities, including the City of Houston, school districts, and other entities with respect to tax-exempt financings. We currently represent approximately 100 special districts, with the vast majority of them located in Harris and surrounding counties.

Diversified Services

Smith, Murdaugh, Little & Bonham, L.L.P’s market opinion on tax exempt bonds has been nationally recognized by the public finance community for more than fifty years. In the past decade, the firm has served as bond counsel to hundreds of transactions and has occasionally served as counsel to the underwriter, issuer, trustee, or other party. Smith, Murdaugh, Little & Bonham, L.L.P.’s practice involving statutes and regulations related to public finance and to the structuring of real estate transactions has significantly aided the firm in creating and representing a number of different types of special districts. The careful planning and representation of such districts, from as small as 65 acres to over 10,000 acres, has laid the legal groundwork for public improvements critical to the development of numerous residential and multi-use real estate projects throughout Texas. The firm also represents individuals and corporate clients in business and administrative law matters, particularly in relation to the development of real estate in the State of Texas.

Experienced Legal Counsel

Smith, Murdaugh. Little & Bonham, L.L.P. is comprised of nine attorneys with extensive legal experience and diverse educational and geographical backgrounds. All attorneys actively participate in weekly business meetings and regular in-house training sessions which are designed to expand expertise and strengthen skills, and which provide a forum for in-depth discussions of important client and firm matters.

Commitment to Client Service

Whether retained for a specific transaction or as general counsel, Smith, Murdaugh, Little & Bonham, L.L.P. responds to client needs with maximum efficiency, effectiveness and personal attention in order to deliver the highest quality legal service in a minimum of time and at a reasonable cost. The firm is committed to building its practice and actively seeks new legal challenges. The firm encourages its attorneys to acquire legal expertise in new areas and works effectively with other legal and financial institutions in joint representation when appropriate. The firm strives to provide the most effective services possible to its clients. To that end, the firm maintains excellent relationships with state and local agencies which have regulatory authority over firm clients.

The quality of service provided by a law firm cannot be measured strictly in terms of its legal expertise. Quality must also be counted in human terms–in the responsiveness of lawyers and staff to clients, and in the commitment to provide efficient, energetic and personalized service to those who seek their counsel.

Smith, Murdaugh, Little & Bonham, L.L.P. has demonstrated its philosophy of putting the client first throughout its history; the firm remains committed to that philosophy now and in the future.