Two Thompson & Knight Attorneys Among Graduates of North Texas’ Leadership Arts Institute Program

DALLAS — The law firm of Thompson & Knight is pleased to announce David Lawrence and Catherine C. Rowsey, attorneys in the Firm’s Dallas office, have been honored by the North Texas Business Council for the Arts for successfully completing nine months of training to become part of the next generation of arts and cultural leaders in the region.

As graduates of the 2019 Leadership Arts Institute class, the two join hundreds of business professionals who have completed the program during the past 30 years in preparation for board leadership positions in the region’s arts community. Members of the Institute are selected annually from a field of applicants to learn valuable skills in leadership, nonprofit board best practices, and knowledge of the critical needs of North Texas cultural organizations.

Mr. Lawrence is a Partner in the Firm’s Real Estate and Banking Practice Group, where he focuses his practice on commercial real estate development and finance matters. His practice includes representing lenders in a variety of loan origination transactions for interim, construction, and permanent financing, and in connection with working out existing loans. He also represents real estate developers in connection with the acquisition, sale, financing, leasing, and development of real estate, including multifamily, office, retail, industrial, hospitality, and mixed-use properties. Mr. Lawrence received his J.D., cum laude, from SMU Dedman School of Law and was honored in 2019 as one of the “Best Lawyers Under 40 in Dallas” by D Magazine, and as a “Recommended Attorney” in Real Estate in The Legal 500 US by Legalease.

Ms. Rowsey is an Associate in the Firm’s Trial Practice Group, where she focuses her practice on complex business litigation and arbitration matters, with a focus on energy, antitrust, and healthcare. Her experience includes representing clients in federal and state courts and in arbitrations related to breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, fraud, conspiracy, and unfair competition. Ms. Rowsey received her J.D., cum laude, from Baylor University School of Law and serves on the Executive Board of Directors for Rainbow Days.

As part of this year’s Leadership Arts Institute, Mr. Lawrence and Ms. Rowsey participated in raising more than $20,000 for the construction of a contemporary light and art installation in the new Café Momentum Service Center beneath Thanksgiving Square. The Center serves at-risk youth who are employed by Café Momentum.

The Business Council for the Arts and its Leadership Arts Institute were founded in 1989 by philanthropist, noted art collector, and NorthPark Center developer Raymond D. Nasher, for whom the city’s Nasher Sculpture Center is named.