The Legal 500 US 2015 Prominently Ranks T&K Among Leading Law Firms

Dallas – Thompson & Knight LLP has been recognized as one of the top U.S. law firms in the prestigious 2015 The Legal 500 US directory published by Legalease. In addition, Thompson & Knight Partners Emily A. Parker and R. David Wheat are listed among the elite “Leading Lawyers” in Tax Controversy and Domestic Tax, respectively.

The Firm ranks among the nation’s top firms in the following 12 areas of practice, and the attorneys in parentheses are named for their specific expertise:

Finance: Corporate Restructuring (including Bankruptcy) (David M. Bennett)

The directory calls the Firm a “strong performer in energy-related restructurings” recognized for its “deep knowledge and client-focused service.” Partner David Bennett is lauded as a “creative problem-solver.”

Industry Focus: Energy: Litigation (Craig A. Haynes)

The Firm is highlighted for counseling clients “across the spectrum of energy, including those involved with the exploration, development, production, storage, transportation and processing of resources,” and Craig Haynes is noted as leading the team from Dallas.

Industry Focus: Energy: Regulatory (James B. Harris, James C. Morriss III, Phillip G. Oldham, Ashley T. K. Phillips, Paul C. Sarahan, Christopher D. Smith, Rex D. VanMiddlesworth)

According to clients, Jim Morriss, Ashley Phillips, and Chris Smith are “very responsive and ahead of the competition and highly respected even by the opposition.” Phillip Oldham is noted as “exceptional – very knowledgeable about electricity policy and where issues are going well ahead of competitors.”

Industry Focus: Energy: Transactions (John R. Cohn, Andrew B. Derman, Jolisa Melton Dobbs, Timothy T. Samson, R. David Wheat, Arthur J. Wright)

The Firm’s attorneys are described as “very attentive to client needs and eager to help” and their “advice is always strong and is based on significant experience in the energy industry.” Clients note that Tim Samson is “very experienced and diligent,” and in Dallas, David Wheat’s “knowledge of tax law affecting energy transactions is extremely broad” and Jolisa Dobbs is “another name to note.”

Labor and Employment: Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation (Sharon M. Fountain, Neely P. Munnerlyn)

The directory says the Firm’s five-partner team has “excellent business acumen and industry knowledge and provides practical and timely advice, representing excellent value for money.” The practice is also noted for its “particular strength in ACA-related matters, non-qualified and qualified plans, and ERISA issues.”  Clients recommend Sharon Fountain for her “excellent understanding of individual employee tax ramifications” and say that Neely Munnerlyn “provides excellent advice” on employee benefit plans.

Labor and Employment: Labor and Employment Litigation (Anthony J. Campiti, Micah R. Prude)

The Firm is deemed a “go-to law firm for both everyday matters and substantial litigation” and is “key at persuading courts through written motions and other pleadings.” Its lawyers are “very well-versed within the areas of labor and employment.” Clients state that Tony Campiti “becomes well-acquainted with the client’s business and provides prompt, accurate legal advice” and Micah Prude “is an excellent writer.”

M&A/Corporate and Commercial: M&A – Middle-Market (Sub-$500m) (Alan P. Baden, Jeremiah M. Mayfield, Michael K. Pierce, Timothy T. Samson)

Clients say the Firm’s “attorneys are very attentive to client needs and are always eager to help; moreover, the advice given is strong and the Firm is mindful of the high cost of legal services.” The directory notes that Mike Pierce “is recommended as is Tim Samson, who is very experienced and diligent.”

Real Estate and Construction: Construction (Benjamin F.S. Herd, Andrew A. Ingrum, Bruce W. Merwin)

The directory states, “with offices on both coasts as well as Texas, and a presence overseas, the Firm is well positioned to advise on cross-border matters. Typical mandates include complex multimillion-dollar projects involving major healthcare facilities and large commercial buildings.” Clients call the lawyers in this practice “prompt and strong” and praise the Firm for its “expeditious responsiveness.”

Real Estate and Construction: Real Estate (Jennifer Taylor Fargo, Benjamin F.S. Herd, Andrew A. Ingrum, Bruce W. Merwin, William M. O’Connor, Mark M. Sloan, Mark Weibel)

The Firm’s New York and Texas-based team “goes the extra mile to understand the client and its business strategy.” Clients praise Andrew Ingrum for delivering “exceptional knowledge, advice and responses,” and Mark Sloan “is also singled out for praise.”

Tax: Domestic Tax (Roger D. Aksamit, Sharon M. Fountain, Jason Patrick Loden, Mary A. McNulty, Neely P. Munnerlyn, Emily A. Parker, R. David Wheat)

According to the directory, the Firm provides “advice on the tax aspects of fund formation and employee benefits, bankruptcies and M&A.” Partner Jason Loden is called “exceptionally talented” by clients, and David Wheat is highlighted as a “star” attorney.

Tax: International Tax (Roger D. Aksamit, John R. Cohn, Sharon M. Fountain, Joe A. Rudberg)

“The Firm is particularly recognized for its experience in the energy space,” and lawyers John Cohn and Joe Rudberg are both “noted” by clients.

Tax: Tax Controversy (Mary A. McNulty, Emily A. Parker)

The Tax Controversy team is described by clients as “excellent” with “good industry knowledge and a strong reputation for its service.” One of the group’s “strengths is representing clients facing criminal investigations and prosecutions for tax offenses.” Mary McNulty is “an expert in federal tax procedures and partnership tax matters in the private equity sphere, and Emily Parker is an experienced litigator who represents clients in IRS audits and appeal proceedings, federal and state tax refunds and deficiency litigation.”
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