DALLAS — The 2020 edition of The Legal 500 United States published by Legalease, Ltd. recommended Thompson & Knight LLP as one of the top law firms in 10 practice categories.
In addition, two Partners are honored among the elite “Leading Lawyers” including Craig A. Haynes in the Energy Litigation – Oil and Gas category and Mary A. McNulty in the US Taxes – Contentious category. Tax Partner Lee Meyercord is honored as a “Next Generation Partner” in the US Taxes – Contentious category as well. In total, 39 Thompson & Knight attorneys were recognized in the 2020 guide.
The ranked practice areas and other Firm attorneys recognized for their specific expertise include:
Finance: Restructuring (including Bankruptcy) – Corporate (David M. Bennett)
The publication’s editors note that the Firm is known for its work in energy, representing credit holders, financial institutions, and private equity as well as increasingly (as the debtor practice is expanding) for company groups.
Industry Focus: Energy Litigation – Oil & Gas (Gregory D. Binns; Greg W. Curry; Craig A. Haynes; Conrad Hester; Robert Vartabedian)
Clients note that “the thoroughness, attention to detail, and concise arguments” are what sets Thompson & Knight apart from peers in the industry. The directory cites the Firm operates in the oil and gas space, and has gained prominence in class actions, toxic tort claims, royalty and antitrust cases, and oil and gas lease disputes, among others.
Industry Focus: Energy Regulation – Conventional Power (Katherine L. Coleman; Phillip G. Oldham; Rex D. VanMiddlesworth)
According to clients, Thompson & Knight attorneys “are the preeminent utility experts that can explain things at a level where everyone understands. They know and understand markets, market design and the regulatory process like no other.” Additionally, clients described the Firm as “responsive and able to communicate complex energy regulations and issues in a manner that is easily understood and digestible.”
Industry Focus: Energy Transactions – Oil & Gas (Cole Bredthauer; Andrew B. Derman; Robert P. Dougherty III; J. Holt Foster, III; Courtney Jamison Roane; Debra J. Villarreal; Hunter H. White; Wesley P. Williams)
The Firm’s ability to effectively service clients in a holistic fashion is facilitated by a “top-tier tax group with extensive experience in oil and gas transactions” as well as the ability to draw upon the energy-specific expertise of attorneys from across the environmental, litigation, labor, and real estate fields, according to the publication.
Industry Focus: Environment – Regulatory (James B. Harris; James C. Morriss III; Ashley T. K. Phillips)
As noted by the directory, the Firm is well equipped to assist clients with environmental permitting matters, compliance management, regulatory development, and legislative lobbying. The team has a track record of success in enforcement proceedings before every Texas agency involved in environmental regulation and also acts for clients in matters involving the EPA and the Department of Interior.
Labor and Employment: Employee Benefits, Executive Compensation, and Retirement Plans – Design (Sharon M. Fountain; Russell G. Gully; Jason Patrick Loden; Neely P. Munnerlyn)
Described by clients as “knowledgeable and responsive,” this team is valued for advice on the breadth of employee benefits and executive compensations matters.
Real Estate (Gregg C. Davis; Benjamin F.S. Herd; Adam B. Hill; William M. O’Connor; Mark Weibel)
Clients note that “the diversity, capabilities and depth of the team is instrumental to their success.” The directory notes that the Firm handles a full range of real estate matters across all core commercial asset types as well as resorts, casinos, and shopping centers. The Firm is praised in particular for its work in real estate finance, covering bank and private lending, and capital markets work. In the finance space, the team acts for regional and national banks and private lenders, advising on a huge variety of lending transactions, including syndicated, primary, and mezzanine lending.
Tax: International Tax (John R. Cohn; Todd D. Keator; Joe A. Rudberg)
The directory recognizes the Firm for its strong reputation for handling multi-jurisdictional M&A and advising corporates on tax structuring and ERISA issues in connection with the international expansion of their operations. It states the Firm is particularly well known for its activity in the oil and gas and renewables industries and has been especially active in transactions involving Mexico and Latin America.
Tax: US Taxes – Contentious (Todd D. Keator; Mary A. McNulty; Lee Meyercord; Emily A. Parker)
Clients note the Firm “has fused together a team of tax litigators and general litigators that are creative and efficient in developing and executing creative strategies to resolve complex tax controversies, whether in court or administratively” and that the team is “completely transparent and efficient.” Additionally, clients note, “above all, they listen and appropriately respond to clients’ issues and requests.”
Tax: US Taxes – Non-Contentious (Roger D. Aksamit; Brandon L. Bloom; J. Dean Hinderliter; Louis J. Jenull; Todd D. Keator)
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