The 2021 edition of The Legal 500 United States recommends Thompson & Knight LLP as a top law firm in 11 practice categories, with 27 attorneys recognized in the guide, some in more than one category.
In addition, Partners Craig A. Haynes (Energy Litigation – Oil and Gas) and Mary A. McNulty (US Taxes: Contentious) are recognized as “Leading Lawyers” in the 2021 guide, and Lee Meyercord (US Taxes: Contentious) is named to the list of “Next Generation Partners.”
The following is a full list of Thompson & Knight’s practice area rankings and recommended attorneys:
Finance: Restructuring (including Bankruptcy) – Corporate (David M. Bennett, Demetra Liggins, Anthony Pirraglia)
The directory recognizes the Firm’s attorneys for their skill in handling upstream oil and gas reorganizations, their extensive experience representing a wide range of parties, and routinely acting for operators, working interest owners, secured creditors, bondholders, drilling contractors, hedge counterparties, and equity owners. Clients note that the restructuring partners are “smart and inventive” and their “practice is well grounded in ethics and professionalism.”
Industry Focus: Energy: Renewable/Alternative Power (Ted Benn, George Humphrey, Louis Jenull)
The Firm is described as “increasingly visible in the market” due to a number of recent hires and has the “ability to leverage existing ties with oil and gas companies and investors pivoting towards the renewable space.”
Industry Focus: Energy Litigation – Oil & Gas (Gregory D. Binns, Greg W. Curry, Craig A. Haynes)
As noted in the directory, the team handles various disputes relating to oil and gas exploration and production, royalties, contracts and leases, upstream and downstream matters, and environmental litigation for its client base consisting of domestic and international oil and gas companies.
Industry Focus: Energy Transactions – Oil & Gas (Andrew B. Derman, Robert P. Dougherty III, Debra J. Villarreal, Hunter H. White)
According to clients, “Thompson & Knight has a very strong following in the Texas market among public and private E&P companies, private equity investors and oilfield services companies” with a niche focus in advising on shale plays in the Permian Basin, E&P, and midstream joint ventures and DrillCo transactions. The team is known for its “sector knowledge, nuanced understanding of the underlying commercial contracts, and ability to advise on operational matters (including advice on title issues).”
Industry Focus: Environment – Regulatory (James B. Harris, James C. Morriss III, Ashley T. K. Phillips)
Clients describe Thompson & Knight team members as “extremely knowledgeable regarding oil and gas environmental and regulatory matters” with significant regulatory experience across industry sectors, including manufacturing, healthcare, real estate, and transportation. In particular, the team has shown capabilities in environmental compliance counseling, enforcement and facility permitting involving air, hazardous waste, and water use issues.
Labor and Employment: Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation, and Retirement Plans – Design (Russell G. Gully, Neely P. Munnerlyn)
With expertise in tax-related questions, the team advises oil and gas, energy, and manufacturing companies across the range of employee benefits and executive compensation issues.
The publication’s editors note the Firm focuses on M&A and private equity and venture capital. The team has significant expertise in representing clients in the oil and gas industry, particularly on upstream and midstream activities, and handles a full range of M&A, equity financings, leveraged buyouts, and restructurings for operating companies and capital providers.
Real Estate (Andrew Ingrum, Gregg C. Davis)
According to clients, the Firm has a “wealth of knowledge in real estate law and the local Texas market,” and is extremely busy in the leasing space where it supports restructures, assignments, and subleases at office, retail, industrial, leisure, medical, and big box properties. The directory notes the team also handles single-asset and multiple property acquisitions and a broad variety of development projects at casinos, condominiums, and multi-family sites in addition to mainstream assets.
Tax: International Tax (Todd D. Keator, Joe A. Rudberg)
Clients note the “team has a lot of experience in deals with Mexico” and “in addition to their excellent knowledge of the US tax system, they have good knowledge and understand[ing] of Mexico’s. As a result they can provide a comprehensive service of operations and deals between these two countries.” The directory states the group has core strengths in assisting domestic and foreign family offices and businesses with corporate migrations, cross-border estate planning, and cross-border transactions, including M&A and joint ventures. In addition, the team provides tax advice on cross-border charitable ventures, including the establishment of foundations and educational programs.
Tax: US Taxes – Contentious (Abbey Garber, Todd D. Keator, Mary A. McNulty, Lee Meyercord, Emily A. Parker)
Clients note the team “combines decades of experience with ingenuity and a practical, efficient approach to develop and execute winning strategies (and results) for complex US tax controversies, whether in audit, administrative appeals or litigation.”
Tax: US Taxes – Non-Contentious (Roger D. Aksamit, Louis J. Jenull, Todd D. Keator)
The directory notes the Firm is recognized for its core expertise in the energy sector, historically in the area of oil and gas, but increasingly in the renewables space. Overall, the team handles a myriad of corporate tax matters for clients in the energy and utilities, natural resources, banking, and private equity segments.
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