DALLAS, Texas – Thompson & Knight LLP is pleased to announce the election of nine attorneys to its partnership: Craig Carpenter, Josh Downer, Sarah Frazier, Katie Gerber, Erin Marino, Sarah Marks, Elissa McClure, Reed Randel, and Rodolfo Rueda Ballesteros. The new Partners are based in the Firm’s Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, and Mexico City offices, and represent seven of the firm’s key practice areas.
“This year’s partner class is remarkable, not only for the phenomenal service they provide to our clients, but also for their resilience and adaptability in such unprecedented times,” said Mark M. Sloan, Managing Partner of Thompson & Knight. “We are delighted to welcome them to our partnership, and are confident they will continue to make significant contributions to our Firm, clients, and communities.”
Craig Carpenter, Dallas
Intellectual Property and Innovation
Mr. Carpenter is an intellectual property and technology attorney focusing on technology transactions, branding and marketing, data privacy, and entertainment. He provides an innovative, holistic approach to the legal challenges his clients face by integrating all aspects of intellectual property and privacy when assisting with technology, media, and marketing projects. Mr. Carpenter’s unique combination of trademark, copyright, digital media, licensing, and data privacy expertise enables him to develop practical, business-minded solutions for clients across a wide range of industries. He earned his law degree from SMU Dedman School of Law.
Josh Downer, Houston
Corporate and Securities
Mr. Downer focuses his practice on oil and gas projects, with a particular emphasis on midstream transactions. He has significant experience in midstream and upstream oil and gas operational contracts, both onshore and in the Gulf of Mexico. His representation includes negotiation of oil and gas gathering, processing, purchase and sale, storage, and similar agreements, as well as agreements for the construction, acquisition, and divestiture of oil and gas assets and facilities. Mr. Downer also counsels clients on issues such as lease interpretation, calculation and payment of royalties, and similar matters related to owning and operating oil and gas properties. He earned his law degree from Louisiana State University.
Sarah Frazier, Houston
Ms. Frazier focuses her practice on the representation of financial institutions, private equity funds, other credit providers, and borrowers in connection with secured and unsecured transactions, including syndicated lending, acquisition financing, oil and gas secured financings, note purchase and sale transactions, and the workout and restructuring of credit facilities. She earned her law degree from Texas Tech University School of Law.
Katie Gerber, Fort Worth
Ms. Gerber focuses her practice on international, corporate, partnership, and finance related tax matters and regularly advises exempt organizations on tax and state law governance matters impacting nonprofit organizations. Ms. Gerber also has extensive experience advising clients on the formation and operation of Qualified Opportunity Funds. Ms. Gerber earned her law degree from Temple University Beasley School of Law.
Erin Marino, Dallas
Real Estate and Banking
Ms. Marino focuses her practice on complex commercial real estate transactions with an emphasis on real estate finance, acquisitions, and dispositions. She has represented developers, owners, landlords, tenants, and lenders on various types of real estate matters including, multifamily, mixed-used, unimproved land, hotels, office buildings, and medical properties. She earned her law degree from Louisiana State University.
Sarah Marks, Dallas
Ms. Marks focuses her practice on estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer (“GST”) tax planning for high net worth individuals. She has expertise drafting wills, revocable trusts, and various estate planning documents. She earned her law degree from Harvard Law School.
Elissa McClure, Dallas
Ms. McClure focuses her practice on complex litigation, government enforcement, and internal investigation matters. She represents clients, including Fortune 500 companies and individual executives, in all stages of disputes, from pre-litigation strategy through trial and appeal. Ms. McClure has extensive experience advising clients on the federal Anti-Kickback Statute, the Stark Law, and the federal False Claims Act, as well as government and internal investigations involving consumer protection, healthcare enforcement, trade secret misappropriation, discrimination, whistleblower, and regulatory matters. She earned her law degree from Duke University School of Law.
Reed Randel, Dallas
Mr. Randel focuses his practice on complex business litigation and dispute resolution matters. He is a trial lawyer who has tried cases in state court, federal court, and before arbitrators in Texas and across the country. He has significant experience handling matters involving healthcare, government and regulatory, asbestos and products liability, contract disputes, and various commercial litigation issues. He earned his law degree from The University of Texas School of Law.
Rodolfo Rueda Ballesteros, Mexico City
Mr. Rueda Ballesteros is an international business attorney with a focus on cross-border natural resources, energy, and infrastructure. Mr. Rueda Ballesteros focuses his practice on transactions involving projects in Latin America, with a special focus on all facets of oil and gas, power, and renewable energy projects. He advises clients on international and cross-border transactions, regulatory matters, mergers and acquisitions, corporate transactions, joint ventures, energy infrastructure project development, government procurement, public policy, anticorruption, and compliance in the energy sector. Mr. Rueda Ballesteros is certified by the Supreme Court of Texas and the State Bar of Texas as a Foreign Legal Consultant. He earned his law degree from Universidad Anahuac in Mexico.