The Legal 500 US 2019 Ranks Thompson & Knight Among Nation’s Leading Law Firms

DALLAS — Thompson & Knight LLP has been recognized as one of the top U.S. law firms in the latest edition of The Legal 500 US directory published by Legalease. For 2019, the Firm ranks among the nation’s leaders in 11 areas of legal practice.

In addition, Thompson & Knight Partner Craig Haynes is honored among the elite “Leading Lawyers” in Energy Litigation – Oil and Gas, while Partner Mary A. McNulty and Senior Counsel Emily A. Parker are also listed as “Leading Lawyers” in the category of Tax – U.S. Taxes: Contentious. Thompson & Knight Associate Mackenzie S. Wallace is listed among the “Rising Star” attorneys in Dispute Resolution: General Commercial Disputes.

The ranked practice areas and other Firm attorneys recognized for their specific expertise include:

 Dispute Resolution: General Commercial Disputes (Greg W. Curry, Jennifer Rudenick Ecklund, Conrad Hester, Nicole Williams)

The directory recognizes the Firm for its “highly experienced trial and appellate lawyers” and the ability to handle a range of trials and arbitration proceedings. It mentions that the Firm has a strong profile for energy-related litigation and Texas-based disputes, though its commercial litigation expertise is much broader.

Industry Focus: Energy Litigation – Oil and Gas (Gregory D. Binns, Greg W. Curry, Craig A. Haynes, Conrad Hester, Robert Vartabedian)

The Legal 500 lists class action cases, oil and gas lease disputes, royalty litigation, and contentious toxic tort matters as some significant areas of work for the energy litigation group. According to clients, the Thompson & Knight team “produces quality written documents and successfully argues a client’s position before the judge,” and individuals are “incredibly knowledgeable and confident advice-givers.”

Industry Focus: Energy Regulatory – Conventional Power (Katherine L. Coleman, Benjamin Hallmark, Phillip G. Oldham, Rex D. VanMiddlesworth)

Clients note that “a strong combination of industry-specific contacts and expertise” is what “sets Thompson & Knight apart from its competitors.” The directory cites the Firm’s work in matters related to Texas’s electric grid, including representing clients before the Railroad Commission of Texas, Public Utility Commission of Texas, and Electric Reliability Council of Texas.

Industry Focus: Energy Transactions – Oil and Gas (Roger D. Aksamit, Cole Bredthauer, Andrew B. Derman, Robert D. Eickenroht, Nathan D. Meredith, Timothy T. Samson, Debra J. Villarreal, Hunter H. White)

The Firm has an “in-depth knowledge of the energy industry,” where it regularly handles infrastructure project finance and development, midstream joint ventures, tax, and private equity transactions, according to the directory.

Industry Focus: Environment: Regulatory (James C. Morriss III, Ashley T. K. Phillips)

The publication notes the Firm’s expertise in endangered species matters and in the oil and gas and natural resources sectors; in the latter context, primarily advising clients on audits by the EPA.

Labor and Employment: Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation, and Retirement Plans – Design: (Todd D. Keator, Russell G. Gully, Neely P. Munnerlyn, Sharon M. Fountain, Jessica S. Morrison)

The directory lists the Firm as legal and tax counsel on employee benefits and executive compensation plans, and for regularly advising clients on the design and administration of qualified and non-qualified deferred compensation plans and welfare benefit plans.

Real Estate (Gregg C. Davis, Andrew A. Ingrum, David Lawrence, William M. O’Connor, Michelle Vincent Parker, Mark Weibel)

The directory notes that the Firm provides advice on real estate-related lending, commercial mortgage-backed securities, leasing, acquisitions, development, and real estate capital markets. In addition, the Firm advises clients on a broad range of commercial real estate issues, including zoning and entitlements, economic development, government contracts, and title insurance coverage.

Securities Litigation – Defense (Kenneth P. Held, Michael W. Stockham)

As noted by the directory, the Firm has a respected securities litigation and enforcement practice that often acts for companies in the energy industry, although the Firm handles cases in other business sectors as well.

Tax: International Tax (John R. Cohn, Todd D. Keator, Joe A. Rudberg)

This group serves public and private corporations and partnerships, foundations, and tax-exempt entities as well as individuals with international tax planning matters. It also handles IRS appeals, energy company tax matters, and tax issues related to private equity.

 Tax: U.S. Taxes: Contentious (Abbey B. Garber, Mary A. McNulty, Lee Meyercord, Emily A. Parker)

Public and private corporations, partnerships, foundations, tax-exempt entities, and individuals are also served by this group.

Tax: U.S. Taxes: Non-Contentious (Brandon L. Bloom, J. Dean Hinderliter, Jason Patrick Loden)

The publication’s editors note that the Firm is well known for its work in fund formation and in high-value transactions, particularly investments in the energy and oil and gas sectors. In addition, the practice assists private clients and corporations with federal tax issues, SALT matters, and internal restructuring work.