Thompson & Knight Names Three Attorneys as Participants in Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Programs

DALLAS — Thompson & Knight is pleased to select three attorneys to participate in Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) programs in 2020. Corporate and Securities Partner Mitchell L. Griffith will participate in LCLD’s Fellows Program, which trains and advances legal professionals in a year-long program offering participants the opportunity to build relationships and leadership skills by connecting with and learning from top general counsels and managing partners from across the nation. Trial Associate Sydne K. Collier and Intellectual Property Associate Austin Teng will participate in LCLD’s Pathfinder Program, which is designed to provide diverse, high-performing, early-career attorneys with practical tools for developing and leveraging relationship building skills, foundational leadership skills, and career development strategies.

Mr. Griffith advises clients on mergers and acquisitions, private equity, and venture capital, securities offerings, corporate governance, and other corporate matters. He also has experience in equity financings for privately and publicly held companies, reporting obligations under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, stock and asset acquisitions, joint ventures, compliance with corporate governance regulations, public and private securities offerings, and other securities transactions. Mr. Griffith was selected for inclusion in Texas Rising Stars® by Thomson Reuters in the Mergers & Acquisitions category (2018-2020).

Ms. Collier advises clients in a wide variety of federal and state litigation matters involving complex commercial and business disputes, fraud and fraudulent transfer, white collar criminal defense, and securities fraud. She has experience representing Fortune 500 companies in defense of a nationwide consumer class action alleging fraud and representing clients before the SEC regarding alleged violations of securities regulations, including insider trading. Ms. Collier was a member of the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers Leadership Class (2018-2019).

Mr. Teng’s practice focuses on intellectual property, data privacy, cybersecurity, and technology matters, with extensive experience in software engineering, computers, and networks. His litigation experience includes patent, trade-secret misappropriation, copyright, trademark, and complex commercial matters. Mr. Teng was selected for inclusion in Texas Rising Stars® by Thomson Reuters in the Intellectual Property Litigation category (2020).

Past LCLD Fellows from Thompson & Knight include Vivian M. Arias, a Real Estate and Banking Partner in the Firm’s New York office; Gregory D. Binns, a Trial Partner in the Dallas office; Adrienne E. Dominguez and Vishal H. Patel, both Intellectual Property Partners in the Dallas office; and Demetra L. Liggins, a Bankruptcy and Restructuring Partner in the Firm’s Houston office. Past LCLD Pathfinders include Nadia E. Haghighatian, an Intellectual Property Associate, and Courtney Jamison Roane, a Corporate and Securities Associate, both in the Firm’s Dallas office.

Founded in 2009, LCLD is a growing organization of more than 300 corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners who are personally committed to creating a more diverse and inclusive legal profession. LCLD’s action programs span the journey from law school to senior executive and are designed to attract, inspire, and nurture talent, thereby helping a new and more diverse generation of attorneys rise to positions of leadership. Collectively, the Fellows and Pathfinder programs have trained more than 2,300 attorneys since 2011. For information, visit