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Judith M. Blissard

Judith M. Blissard Partner, Tax

In her more than 30 years of practice, Judy Blissard has served as tax counsel to numerous U.S. and foreign issuers and underwriters on debt, equity offerings and securities offerings, including issues of convertible debt, contingent payment debt instruments, preferred and common stock offerings and production payment financing. 

Judy is also a leader of the firm’s Women’s Initiative, which attracts, promotes and develops the careers of women lawyers. Judy works to help women at V&E succeed and have meaningful, long-term careers. Judy helps to plan events focused on business development, public speaking, networking and client development to support women lawyers at every level.

Recognized many times in Chambers USA, Judy uses her decades of professional experience to inform her work in guiding the next generation of attorneys. 

Experience Highlights

  • EZCORP, Inc. in its $144 million offering of convertible senior notes
  • The Shaw Group in the $300 million sale of substantially all of its Energy & Chemicals Group to Technip S.A.
  • QEP Resources in the $1.38 billion acquisition from multiple sellers of oil and gas assets in the Williston Basin
  • Devon Energy Corporation in the $7 billion sale of all of its Brazilian, deep Gulf of Mexico, and Azerbaijan assets to BP, as well as its purchase of a 50 percent interest in an oil sands project in Alberta, Canada
  • Transelec S.A. in the development and project financing of a 188 km electric transmission line that delivers energy to the Caserones copper mine in Chile
  • AES Gener S.A. in connection with the development and $1.05 billion project financing of the Cochrane power plant in Chile, a 472 MW (net) pulverized coal-fired generating facility in Chile, with financing provided by JBIC, NEXI, K-Sure, and various commercial banks


Contact Details

Houston

T +1.713.758.2374
F +1.713.615.5807
jblissard@velaw.com
1001 Fannin Street
Suite 2500
Houston, TX 77002
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Judy's Practices

  • University of Houston Law Center, J.D. cum laude, 1987 (Order of the Barons; Order of the Coif)
  • University of Houston, B.B.A. summa cum laude, 1984 (Beta Alpha Psi)
  • Admitted to practice: Texas; United States Tax Court 
  • Chambers USA, Tax (Texas), 2006, 2008–2009, 2011–2014, 2016−2019
  • The Best Lawyers in America© (Woodward/White, Inc.), Tax Law, 2003−2006, 2008−2019
  • Selected to the Texas Super Lawyers list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), Tax, 2003−2004, 2006−2014, 2018
  • International Tax Review, “World Tax Review” lead lawyer, 2005
  • Member: American Bar Association Section of Taxation, Committee on U.S. Activities of Foreigners and Tax Treaties
  • Member: The State Bar of Texas; Houston Bar Association; International Fiscal Association; Houston Tax Roundtable