Government Representation

Practice Contacts

James E. Cousar
Senior Counsel
512.469.6112
Andrew B. Derman
International Energy Practice Group Leader
214.969.1307
Richard B. Roper
Partner
214.969.1210
817.347.1700
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Effectively representing government entities takes a special kind of experience that can only come from years of working alongside government officials. Our clients expect and deserve counsel they can depend on, and that requires attorneys who know and fully understand their day-to-day operations and can anticipate and respond quickly to issues that may arise.

What sets Thompson & Knight apart from its competitors is that our attorneys have more than 20 years of experience working within government agencies, such as the U.S. Attorney's Office, Department of Justice, Department of Education, Internal Revenue Service, and City of Dallas. We have extensive experience representing municipalities and local governments on various matters, including constitutional, employment, and tort claims.

Thompson & Knight represents school districts, university systems, and private educational and training facilities in a diverse array of legal matters, involving policy issues, service contracts, labor and employment matters, real estate construction and equipment leasing, Chapter 41 tax issues, regulatory compliance, and student discipline concerns. Our appellate lawyers handled the high-profile Texas school finance cases and continue to work to minimize district liability over often-challenging personnel, employment and labor policies, practices, and legal requirements. In court and in administrative forums, our attorneys aggressively defend the authority and interests of districts against grievances or EEOC charges.