Julie Abernethy

Julie Abernethy

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  • Thompson & Knight LLP
    One Arts Plaza
    1722 Routh Street, Suite 1500
    Dallas, TX 75201 USA
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Julie Abernethy focuses her practice on business and oil and gas litigation.  She has extensive experience representing clients in the financial and oil and gas industries in disputes involving contract rights, business torts, and disputes over royalties.


  • Assisted in representing a bank in fraud and breach-of-contract cases against borrowers and guarantors of loans, obtaining order compelling the production of documents under the crime-fraud exception to the attorney-client privilege and obtaining judgments for fraud and breach of the loan agreements
  • Assisted in defending energy company in fraud and breach-of-fiduciary-duty case, obtaining dismissal of the plaintiffs' conspiracy claim
  • Represented sports team in breach-of-contract case, successfully arguing motion for summary judgment and motion for sanctions
  • Assisted in representing mortgagee owning loan secured by tenant’s leasehold estate, obtaining a temporary injunction suspending the ground leases’ termination and restraining landlord from impairing or violating mortgagee’s rights under the ground leases
  • Assisted in representing successors to grantee in 1927 oil and gas deed in lawsuit regarding the interpretation of the nature and size of the royalty interest granted in the deed, obtaining a favorable summary judgment determining the royalty interest that the deed granted
  • Assisting in defending oil and gas company in class action lawsuits involving disputes over oil and gas royalties
  • Assisting in defending oil and gas company in lawsuit asserting claims for fraudulent inducement, fraud by nondisclosure, conversion, negligent misrepresentation, and injunctive relief involving sale of interests in oil and gas wells in North Dakota
  • Represented animal welfare association in an appeal of a civil forfeiture of over 70 animals from a hoarder situation, obtaining judgment upholding the forfeiture

Prior Experience

  • Judicial Intern, Honorable Nelda Rodriguez, Texas Court of Appeals, Thirteenth District, 2005


  • Top 50 Texas Women Up-and-Coming Attorneys, Texas Rising Stars® by Thomson Reuters; 2018
  • Texas Rising Stars® by Thomson Reuters (Business Litigation); 2014-2019

Activities (Memberships/Affiliations)

  • Member, Dallas Association of Young Lawyers

  • Member, Federal Bar Association