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William B Hilgers


Enjoyed a long and distinguished career as an attorney after the war:

Throughout his life and 61-year career, William B. Hilgers has sought to provide individuals and institutions with unsurpassed personal service according to the highest standards of professional ethics and integrity. His enduring love of the law stems from his ability to advance the goals of men and women dedicated to giving to their community. His practice has allowed him to be the trusted advisor of many inspiring individuals such as Congresswoman Barbara Jordan and famed pianist and arts advocate James Dick.

But his most genuine pleasure has been to lend a hand to those who most benefit from legal support: “My main mission has been to provide legal services for those who may not always find the legal system accessible.”

He became an attorney and a CPA, thanks to the GI Bill, his compensation for performing more than 30 missions as an Air Force navigator in World War II. He began his legal career in taxation and securities law and now focuses on estate planning, probate, trusts, and nonprofit activities because it allows him to help people. In 2010 he merged his practice with Wayne A. Langham, serving as “Of Counsel” and playing an active role in advising and collaborating with the team to develop strategies that achieve clients’ business and personal objectives.

From the beginning, his unswerving principles have placed him in positions of leadership. He has served as Chairman of the Board of the State Bar of Texas and the Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation. While serving an appointment as Chairman of the State Bar’s Grievance Oversight Board, he recognized the need for independent oversight of legal ethics. As a result, he helped create the Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism in 1989 and served as Chair of that Board. The Center’s mission to promote and enhance professionalism, ethics and civility among lawyers provides continuing education programs for all Texas attorneys.

His maturity in years has only increased his commitment to service and his breadth of interests. He has been an Elder of University Christian Church since 1947, chaired the Board of Trustees of the Del Valle Independent School District, and served on the boards of many nonprofit organizations. His long interest in of organic farming has led to his chairmanship on the Board of Directors for the Texas Organic Farming Research Center. His most recent endeavor has been to bring together a diverse group of lawyers, educators, public officials, physicians, and other citizens to form the Barbara Jordan Freedom Foundation, which will conduct public campaigns focusing on children, education, racial justice, and criminal justice.



  • Fred Knapp

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 466th Bomb Group
    Completed a 30 mission tour, 27 of which were with the 466th BG

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Units served with

  • 466th Bomb Group

    466th Bomb Group

    The 466th Bomb Group flew B-24 Liberators from Attlebridge, Norfolk, during the last year of the war in Europe. The Group flew 232 missions in the course of the year and celebrated the 100th one by inviting local people onto the base to mark the...

  • 784th Bomb Squadron

Associated Place

  • Attlebridge

    Military site : airfield
    Attlebridge was constructed for RAF use and completed to that standard in 1942. However, with news that it was to be assigned to the American Air Force, the runways were extended and additional hardstandings and outbuildings constructed for the heavy...


Event Location Date
Lived in Lockhart, TX 78644, USA 1942

1017 Bois d'Arc

Graduated Austin, TX, USA 1949

University of Texas School of Law


Date Contributor Update
24 March 2015 02:49:58 466thHistorian Changes to highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, person associations, unit associations and place associations

466th BG Historian

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:27:43 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Unit roster in the book ATTLEBRIDGE ARSENAL by Wassom & Brassfield, page 347