The Legal 500 US 2016 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 2016 The Legal 500 US directory published by Legalease. In addition, Thompson & Knight Partner Emily A. Parker is listed among the elite “Leading Lawyers” in Tax – U.S. Taxes: Contentious.

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

Industry Focus: Energy: Transactions: Oil and Gas (Stacy Smith Brown, Andrew B. Derman, Luis F. Gomar, Lawrence “Larry” A. Hall, Richard B. Hemingway, Jr., Hunter H. White)

The Firm’s attorneys are highlighted as “very timely, cost-effective, and commercial.” Andy Derman, Larry Hall, Richard Hemingway, and Hunter White are noted for leading the team.

Industry Focus: Energy: Litigation (Gregory D. Binns, Craig A. Haynes, Phillip G. Oldham, Rex D. VanMiddlesworth, Robert Vartabedian)

The Firm’s practice is described as receiving “a steady flow of cases concerning royalties, drilling leases, and damage and negligence claims arising from drilling activities” with “oil and gas disputes [forming] the bulk” of the energy litigation practice. Attorneys also are recognized for providing “expertise in class actions and arbitration.” The directory continues, “the team…represents major oil companies, small independent oil and gas producers, and private equity-backed [companies], alongside longstanding clients.” Partners Rob Vartabedian, Phillip Oldham, and Rex VanMiddlesworth are noted as giving the Firm’s Texas offices a “considerable boost” by joining the team. Craig Haynes is listed as a “key name” and Greg Binns is noted for leading the team.

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

Partner Jim Morriss is recognized for leading the team and Ashley Phillips and Chris Smith are “recommended” by the directory. The Firm “stands out for its environmental regulatory expertise” and clients praise its “understanding of business and legal concerns.” The practice is said to “focus on state regulatory matters” and the team “advises oil and gas exploration and production companies, industrial consumers, and trade associations on regulatory compliance and due diligence matters, as well as fair pricing and rate cases.”

Labor and Employment: Labor and Employment Disputes (Including Collective Actions) – Defense (Anthony J. Campiti, Stephen F. Fink, Bryan P. Neal, Micah R. Prude)

According to clients, the Firm “provides quality advice and assists with all legal matters in the most cost-effective manner” and the team’s “in-depth understanding extends to Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Sarbanes-Oxley, and FLSA collective actions.” Tony Campiti is noted for leading the practice.

M&A/Corporate and Commercial: M&A – Middle-Market (Sub-$500m) (Joe Dannenmaier, Michael K. Pierce)

The directory calls the Firm’s practice “particularly strong in energy-related deals.” Mike Pierce is recognized for his practice, which “includes advising private equity funds, financial institutions, private and public companies, and other capital providers during investment and M&A transactions, particularly in the natural resources area.” Joe Dannenmaier “serves clients in the energy, heavy industry, transportation, technology, private equity, venture capital, and finance fields.”

Real Estate and Construction: Real Estate (Susan E. Coleman, Andrew A. Ingrum, Michael H. Peskowitz)

The Firm’s practice is praised for its “strong focus on acting for lenders on debt finance matters” and for handling “a variety of leasing work in areas such as commercial office, retail, healthcare, and hospitality.” The directory highlights that “the team has a particular presence in Texas” and also in New York with “recent additions include commercial lending specialist Michael Peskowitz and two counsels.” Andrew Ingrum is noted for leading the practice.

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

Lawyers John Cohn and Joe Rudberg are both “recommended” by clients, and “Roger Aksamit is another name to note.” The practice is described as delivering “advice on inbound and outbound investments and tax planning” and also advising “various organizations on cross-border philanthropic and charitable matters.”

Tax: U.S. Taxes: Contentious (Mary A. McNulty, Emily A. Parker)

The directory praises the team for having “a long and successful history acting as tax litigation counsel to petroleum and natural resources clients” because of “the firm’s preeminent energy practice.” The team “handles a broad range of tax controversy matters, from IRS audits and position papers contesting tax adjustments and penalties, to administrative proceedings and assessment appeals, to federal and state tax refund and deficiency litigation.” Mary McNulty is noted for her focus on “federal tax procedural issues and partnership audits” is called “one of the key contacts.” Emily Parker is highlighted as “another name to note” and deemed “an experienced litigator representing clients in IRS audits and appeal proceedings, federal and state tax refunds, and deficiency litigation.”

Tax: U.S. Taxes: Non-Contentious (Roger D. Aksamit, John R. Cohn)

Clients call Thompson & Knight “technically competent” and praise the Firm for “understand[ing] clients’ needs very well.” John Cohn is highlighted for heading the practice, which “focus[es] on oil and gas tax solutions, energy M&A, private equity fund formation, and SALT.”

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