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Mackenzie Salenger is an Associate with Thompson & Knight’s Trial Practice Group in Dallas. She focuses her practice on litigation and dispute resolution, representing clients before state and federal courts. Mackenzie has experience in a broad range of commercial litigation matters, including matters related to fraud and fraudulent transfer litigation, tort and products liability litigation, and complex commercial litigation, as well as matters related to Ponzi schemes and resulting receiverships. She has also contributed to articles and presentations related to personal jurisdiction in the product liability and mass tort litigation context, 3D printed medical devices, cybersecurity initiatives for medical devices, and the creation of contracts in the digital age.

Recognized as a “Recommended Litigation Firm” in Texas in Benchmark: Litigation, The Definitive Guide to America's Leading Firms and Attorneys

Received a national first-tier ranking for Commercial Litigation in U.S. News - Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” 2019

Legal Intern, LGBT Rights, Reproductive Justice, and Gender Equity Project, ACLU of Southern California, 2014

Representative Matters

  • Represented court-appointed Receivers in multiple securities fraud actions, with experience handling asset seizures and liquidations, investor claims and distributions, and third-party litigation to maximize the value of the Receivership Estates
  • Experience handling matters involving various types of medical devices and pharmaceuticals, as well as defending claims of exposures to chemicals and asbestos-containing products
  • Assisted in representation of Trustee in bankruptcy adversary proceedings involving fraud and fraudulent transfer litigation
  • Represented clients in commercial litigation involving breach of contract, conspiracy, tort, consumer protection statutes, and other claims, both as plaintiffs and defendants

Prior Employment

  • Legal Intern, LGBT Rights, Reproductive Justice, and Gender Equity Project, ACLU of Southern California, 2014

Honors & Affiliations


  • Member, Young Professionals Advisory Council, LGBT Resource Center of Dallas, 2019-Present
  • Moot Court Coach, SMU Dedman School of Law, 2018-Present
  • Member, LGBT Law Section of the Texas Bar
  • Member, Dallas LGBT Bar Association
  • Member, National LGBT Bar Association
  • Member, Texas Association of Defense Counsel (TADC)
  • Member, DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar
  • Member, Dallas Association of Young Lawyers

Education & Admissions


  • J.D., 2016, magna cum laude , Wake Forest University School of Law; Order of the Coif; Pro Bono Honor Society; CALI Awards for Excellence in Legal Writing I and II, Gender and the Law, Sexual Identity and the Law, Pre-Trial Practice and Procedure, and Employment Discrimination: Selected Topics; Sarah Parker Award, North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys; Regional Champion, ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition, 2015; Top 16 Finalist, Edwin M. Stanley Moot Court Competition, 2014; Top 16 Finalist, George K. Walker Moot Court Competition, 2014; OutLaw, President, 2015-2016, Vice President, 2014-2015; Student Practitioner, Appellate Advocacy Clinic, 2015-2016
  • B.A., 2012, summa cum laude , Southern Methodist University; Phi Beta Kappa; Alpha Chi National College Honor Society; Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology; Tau Sigma National Honor Society
  • Barnard College, Columbia University; 2009-2011; Dean’s List


  • Texas
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., E. Dist. Texas
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., N. Dist. Texas
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., S. Dist. Texas
  • U.S. Dist. Ct., W. Dist. Texas

Related Team

Timothy E. Hudson

Product Liability Litigation | Securities Litigation

Mackenzie S. Wallace

Securities Litigation | Commercial Litigation

Joseph S. Pevsner

Product Liability Litigation | Asbestos and Toxic Tort Defense