R. Daniel Settle Jr.


R. Daniel Settle, Jr. has more than 40 years of experience in public finance, representing cities, counties, special districts, nonprofit corporations, investment bankers and other financial institutions in connection with structuring financings for a variety of projects including public infrastructure, economic development, affordable housing and health care. Mr. Settle is a member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers and the Texas Association of Bank Counsel.

  • Structured and negotiated the merger of Fort Worth’s two children’s hospitals to create Cook Children’s Medical Center, and served as counsel to the Hospital and as Bond Counsel in the financing of the construction of a new hospital and related facilities
  • Involved in development, financing and the structuring of economic development programs for the Texas Motor Speedway; the Federal Express cargo package sorting and distribution facility at Fort Worth’s Alliance Airport; a 200,000 square foot retail and museum facility for the City of Fort Worth and Cabela’s; the relocation of Radio Shack’s headquarters; the revitalization and development efforts in downtown Fort Worth, including its Convention Center and Convention Center Hotel;  the structuring of financing for Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport; and the financing for various institutions of higher education including Texas Christian University and Texas Wesleyan University
  • Participated in financing for the City of Fort Worth, Tarrant County Texas, Tarrant County Hospital District, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, the Fort Worth Independent School District and a number of other state and political subdivision financings
  • Represented private clients in connection with a variety of infrastructure privatization and project development negotiations with local governments
  • Assisted private sector clients, especially those involved in real estate and infrastructure development in connection with land use, tax abatement, and regulatory matters
  • Represented both public and private entities in “public-private” ventures
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Life Fellow
  • Tarrant County Bar Association
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers
  • Texas Association of Bank Counsel
  • Tarrant County Bar Foundation, Charter Fellow
  • Serves on various charity and school boards and committees
  • Best Lawyers®“Lawyer of the Year” Dallas/Fort Worth, U.S. News & World Report, 2022, 2024
    • Public Finance Law 
  • Best Lawyers in America®, U.S. News & World Report, 2007-2024
    • Banking and Finance Law
    • Public Finance Law
  • Top Attorney, 360 West magazine
    • Banking and Financial Law, 2017-2024
    • Healthcare Law, 2019
  • Top Attorney, Fort Worth Magazine, 2007-2008, 2012-2018, 2021-2022
    • Banking
  • Attorney of Excellence, Fort Worth Business Press, 2003-2018
  • Texas Super Lawyer, Thomson Reuters, 2004-2016
    • Government
  • Best Lawyers®“Lawyer of the Year” Dallas/Fort Worth, U.S. News & World Report, 2015
    • Public Finance Law
  • Power Attorney, Fort Worth Business Press, 2013
  • The University of Texas School of Law, J.D. with honors, 1972
    • Phi Delta Phi
    • Order of the Coif
  • The University of North Carolina, B.S., 1969
  • Trinity University
  • State Bar of Texas, 1973

R. Daniel Settle Jr.

Partner | Chair Banking and Finance Section

P: (817) 878-3536
F: (817) 878-9280



  • State Bar of Texas

Practice Areas

Best Lawyers in America®, U.S. News & World Report, 2007-2024