Pete Winstead

401 Congress Avenue
Suite 2100
Austin, Texas 78701
512.370.2801 Direct
512.370.2850 Fax
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Pete Winstead is a founding shareholder of Winstead PC. His early professional career was in the field of federal taxation and related matters, and as a former chair of the Section of Taxation, State Bar of Texas, he remains active in advising clients on many corporate and business transactional matters, but primarily in a planning strategies role.

In 1997, Pete was appointed by Governor Bush to be the first chair of the Texas Turnpike Authority (TTA). During his tenure at TTA, he led efforts in getting Records of Decision on the four element toll road (SH 130, SH 45, Loop 1 and US 183A) project known as the Central Texas Turnpike Project. Pete also led efforts on a $800 million TIFIA loan, as well as negotiated over $600 million in local contributions for the right-of-way and utility relocations. He was one of the founders and first Chair of the Capital Area Transportation Commission (CATC) to involve the private sector in effective advocacy for toll roads and other highway infrastructure. Additionally, Pete chaired the Citizens for Mobility effort to secure approval of the Phase 2 toll road plan at CAMPO, as proposed by the CTRMA and TxDOT.

As a founder of the firm's Austin office, he has become active in working with early stage and "start-up" companies that need appropriate mentoring on financial backing, management procurement and legal matters. Many of these companies have become important mainstream clients for Winstead. The firm guided Dell Computer Corporation through its initial public offering and its dealing with municipalities on the concessions related to the company's relocation to Round Rock, Texas. Pete remains active in personal legal matters for the founders of that company, many of whom have become venture capital players. His major involvement in civic, political and philanthropic matters in the Austin area has made him a "go to" person to secure the award of various projects from political entities in the region or just to position a client to understand and succeed in the Central Texas area. He has been part of building winning teams to secure and build public facilities and infrastructure and has become active in the public private partnership arena.

Representative Experience

  • Taxation
  • Procurement of public projects
  • Venture capital and early stage companies
  • Legal oversight for high net worth individuals
  • Ad valorem tax appeals for high net worth individuals
Bar Admissions
  • Texas, 1965
University of Texas School of Law
  • LL.B., 1965
  • Associate Editor, Texas Law Review
Stanford University
  • B.A., 1962
Professional & Community Involvement
  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Austin Bar Association
  • Greater Austin Crime Commission (Board Member)
  • Economic Development Corporation (Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce) (Board Member)
  • Greater Austin-San Antonio Corridor Council
  • Austin Area Research Organization (Board Member)
  • The Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine of Texas (Industry and Community Affiliates Committee)
  • Capital Area Council, Boy Scouts of America (Board Member)
  • KLRU-Public Television (Board Member)
  • St. Edwards University (Chair of the Board of Trustees)
  • Chase Bank (Advisory Board of Directors)
  • United Way/Capital Area
  • Real Estate Council of Austin (Board Member)
  • C5 Foundation Texas (Camp Coca-Cola) (Board Chair)
  • American Heart Association (Board Member)
Awards & Recognition
  • Texas Super Lawyers, Government/Cities/Municipalities, Texas Monthly, 2005 and 2006
  • 25 Most Influential People in Austin and Central Texas for the Past 25 years, Austin Business Journal, 2005
  • Mayor of Mobility, Austin Business Journal, 2005
  • Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce Austinite of the Year, 2004
  • Austin Bar Foundation Distinguished Lawyer Award 
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