Government and Regulatory

Practice Contact

James C. Morriss III
Government and Regulatory Practice Leader
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To successfully resolve disputes with the government, attorneys must have a comprehensive knowledge of the substance of the laws at issue and an appreciation for how the government works. A firm with a breadth and depth of experience in such work is best positioned to help its clients achieve their goals.

Thompson & Knight attorneys have dedicated many years to public service through a diverse array of positions. Positions our attorneys have held include:

  • U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Texas;
  • Acting Chief Counsel and Deputy Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service;
  • Trial Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, Tax Division;
  • Regional Administrator, Securities and Exchange Commission;
  • Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Texas;
  • Assistant U.S. Attorney, Chief of General Crimes, and Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division, Eastern District of New York;
  • Briefing Attorney, First Court of Civil Appeals in Houston;
  • Legislative Aide, Texas House of Representatives;
  • Assistant District Attorney, Harris County District Attorney's Office;
  • Assistant District Attorney, Tarrant County District Attorney's Office;
  • Assistant Attorney General of Texas, Tax Division; and
  • Member, City of Austin Planning Commission.

Thompson & Knight has represented clients before federal, state, and local entities for more than 50 years. Our attorneys possess knowledge of the substantive law and an understanding of the administrative process required for this practice, as well as a familiarity with key regulators acquired through our work in both contested matters and cooperative policy initiatives through the years. We have found that the key to effective representation is understanding the client's goals and the agency's objectives. Building upon this understanding, we counsel clients regarding the scope of applicable regulations; assist clients in seeking informal and formal agency guidance; participate in rulemaking and contested cases; and obtain agency permits, licenses, or other authorizations. We are frequently engaged to respond to agency investigations and administrative enforcement actions.