William J. Estes

Senior Counsel

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Bill earned his J.D. from the Emory University School of Law and his B.A. in English from Northwestern University.

Bar Admissions

New York

New Jersey


United States District Courts in the Southern District of New York, the Eastern District of New York and the District of New Jersey

William J. Estes

Senior Counsel

p: 914-898-2400

William (Bill) Estes focuses on the procurement, construction, maintenance and financing of infrastructure for the transportation, water and energy sectors.  Both as a government attorney and in private practice he has counseled public authorities and state and local governments on all stages of project development using a variety of delivery methods, including public-private partnerships.  In particular, Bill has provided legal advice on a number of lease and concession agreements between public owners and private operators pertaining to highway travel plazas, a 500-mile fiber-optic telecommunications system, an indoor sports arena and a countywide wastewater system.

From 2009 until 2015, Bill was General Counsel to the New York State Thruway Authority and Canal Corporation, among the nation’s longest and busiest tolled roadways and oldest canal systems.  He advised the Authority’s Board and staff on transactional, regulatory, governance and litigation matters and participated in the $3.9 billion design-build procurement and financing of the Tappan Zee Bridge replacement. In 2014, the New York Law Journal recognized his leadership with an “Outstanding Legal Department” award.

From 2007 until 2009, Bill was an Assistant Counsel to the Governor of New York and advised the Governor and his staff on legal, legislative and statewide policy issues pertaining to the transportation, economic development, and housing sectors. Bill began his career as an Assistant Attorney General in the New York State Office of the Attorney General and then worked as Senior Counsel at the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.

Professional Associations & Memberships

New York City Bar Association’s Construction and Transportation Law committees

Contracts Committee of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine

Coro Leadership New York XIII


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Lee Apotheker

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Robert Bergen

Paul Corey

William Estes

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Stephanie Kosmos

William Lawrence

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