M. Lawrence (Larry) Hicks, Jr.

M. Lawrence (Larry) Hicks, Jr.

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Retired Partner

  • Thompson & Knight LLP
    One Arts Plaza
    1722 Routh Street, Suite 1500
    Dallas, TX 75201 USA
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Larry Hicks focuses his practice on real estate and banking matters. His practice encompasses workout agreements and foreclosures and multi-state real estate lending transactions, purchases and sales, ground leases, and all aspects of shopping center development, ownership and financing.

His expertise includes conveyances, leases, reciprocal easements, operating agreements, management agreements, loan documents, and reviewing title reports, surveys, zoning ordinances, and other regulations affecting the intended use of real estate.

According to clients quoted in Chambers USA 2016, Larry is “a ‘dean’ of the Texas real estate Bar” with a “strong track record in real estate loan originations, securitizations, and workouts.”


  • Representation of lenders in literally hundreds of workouts, foreclosures, and bankruptcies

  • Representation of lenders in lifting bankruptcy stays and obtaining cash collateral (rents)

  • Representation of a reorganized debtor in the largest real estate bankruptcy in history, including handling various CMBS and REMIC issues

  • Representation of lenders in defending against permanent restraining orders against and injunctions of foreclosures

  • Representation of a lender in connection with many construction loans for Texas buildings, including a $230 million office building construction loan for a downtown office building
  • Representation of a client in assembling the largest block of land in Dallas County, Texas owned by one entity at that time
  • Representation of lenders in permanent loans in excess of $100 million which was secured by real estate projects in multiple states

  • Regional Real Estate Lending Counsel for Nationwide Life Insurance Company, primarily involving permanent commercial loans

  • Representation of retail companies in the acquisition, development, and leasing of stores, including a large public retailer which opens more than 100 stores a year

  • Representation of a lender in connection with many construction loans for Texas buildings, including a $230 million office building construction loan for a downtown office building
  • Construction lending on retail and other real estate developments

Prior Experience

  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Walter Ely, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Los Angeles, California, September 1970 through August 1971


  • Dallas Real Estate Law "Lawyer of the Year," The Best Lawyers in America® by Woodward/White Inc.; 2013

  • Chambers USA by Chambers & Partners (Real Estate Law); 2006-2018

  • Best Lawyers In America® by Woodward/White Inc. (Banking and Finance Law, Real Estate Law); 1995-2018

  • Texas Super Lawyers® by Thomson Reuters (Real Estate, Banking); 2003-present

  • Best Lawyers in Dallas (Real Estate), D Magazine; 1997, 2005, 2012-2013

  • The International Who's Who of Real Estate Lawyers by Who’s Who Legal; 2012, 2014, 2015

  • Who's Who Legal: Texas (Real Estate); 2007-2017

  • "ICFM Leading Lawyers 500," InterContinental Finance magazine; 2013

Activities (Memberships/Affiliations)

  • Past President, American College of Mortgage Attorneys

  • Member, The College of the State Bar of Texas

  • Member, International Council of Shopping Centers

  • Member, American Bar Association; Real Property, Probate, and Trust Section

  • Member, State Bar of Texas; Real Estate, Probate, and Trust Law Section

  • Member, Dallas Bar Association; Real Property Section; past Chairman, Real Property Section; past Chairman, Legal Aid and Legal Services Committee