The Legal 500 US Prominently Ranks T&K Among Leading Law Firms

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June 30, 2014

Dallas – Thompson & Knight LLP is proud to announce its recognition as one of the top U.S. law firms in the prestigious 2014 The Legal 500 US directory published by Legalease. In addition, Thompson & Knight Partners Emily A. Parker and R. David Wheat are listed among the elite “Leading Lawyers” in Tax Controversy and Domestic Tax: Central, respectively.

The Firm ranks among the nation’s top firms in the following 10 areas of practice, and the attorneys in parentheses are named for their specific expertise:

Finance: Corporate Restructuring (including Bankruptcy) (David M. Bennett)

The directory calls the Firm a “Texas stalwart” that “utilizes its cross-practice strength in the energy sector to advise on commodity and oil and gas-related bankruptcies” and highlights that the Firm “regularly acts for debtors, creditors, and acquirers of distressed assets.”  

Industry Focus: Energy: Litigation (Greg W. Curry, Shelley H. Glazer, Craig A. Haynes, and Timothy R. McCormick)

Labeled a “heavyweight Texan firm with particular experience representing oil and gas clients in energy disputes,” the directory also notes that Thompson & Knight’s “13-partner team” is “regularly involved in cases concerning oil and gas leases, royalty disputes, antitrust matters, class action claims, and toxic tort, and is active in international arbitration proceedings.”

Industry Focus: Energy: Transactions (Roger D. Aksamit, Andrew B. Derman, Andrew P. Flint, Debra J. Villarreal, Hunter H. White, and Arthur J. Wright)

According to clients, the Firm’s “pro-active” group has “extensive industry expertise and market knowledge,” gives “real-world advice,” and has “the ability to contribute to negotiations in a timely and useful manner.” Clients recommend “top-class” Derman as well as Wright for his “deep expertise.” Villarreal is also listed as a “key name to note.”

Industry Focus: Environment: Litigation (James C. Morriss III)

The Firm is recognized by clients for providing a “very good level of service” and being “knowledgeable about the petroleum business and the environmental implications” as well as having “enough bench depth to ensure timely and appropriate services.” Morriss is also praised by clients for having “good contacts at the relevant governmental agencies.”

Labor and Employment: Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation (Sharon M. Fountain and Shelly A. Youree)

The directory states Thompson & Knight has a “thriving EBEC group.” Clients note that Fountain is “exceptional and deeply knowledgeable,” and Shelley Youree “provides the appropriate insight for all compliance needs.”

Mergers, Acquisitions, and Buyouts: M&A: Middle-Market (Sub-$500m) (Gregg J. Berman and Michael K. Pierce)

The directory highlights several of the Firm’s substantial deals and says that the Corporate and Securities Practice Group is “particularly active in energy-related matters.” Berman is featured as new to the Firm with “a particular focus on cross-border transactions.”

Real Estate and Construction: Real Estate (Ted M. Benn, Stephen M. Block, Gregg C. Davis, Jennifer Taylor Fargo, Martha Harris, Andrew A. Ingrum, Alfred M. Meyerson, Joseph A. Sarcinella, Mark M. Sloan, and Mark Weibel)

Clients say the Firm’s Real Estate Practice Group is “pragmatic” and “exceptional” comprised of a “superior team” with “deep knowledge” of the real estate arena. Block is lauded as a “brilliant adviser.” Sloan, Benn, and the “very hardworking and personable Martha Harris” are recommended, as is Jennifer Taylor Fargo.

Tax: Domestic Tax: Central (Roger D. Aksamit, John R. Cohn, Sharon M. Fountain, Mary A. McNulty, Emily A. Parker, and R. David Wheat)

Recognized by clients as “practical and well-priced,” Thompson & Knight offers “excellent service.” Aksamit, McNulty, and Cohn are highlighted as “very prolific in transactional work,” and Wheat is showcased for being “extremely highly regarded by clients and peers alike.” The directory continues, Fountain is “well regarded,” and Parker is “a well-respected litigation lawyer.”

Tax: International Tax (John R. Cohn, Sharon M. Fountain, and Joe A. Rudberg)

The directory says, “Thompson & Knight’s tax practice continues to go from strength to strength, and stands out for its experience in energy matters.” It highlights the Firm for a “growing international presence.”

Tax: Tax Controversy (Sharon M. Fountain, Mary A. McNulty, and Emily A. Parker)

According to clients, the Firm has an “excellent,” “knowledgeable,” and “responsive” team, which according to the directory, “continues to build a very strong reputation for tax controversy work.” McNulty is recognized as a “key partner.” Parker is lauded as “terrific” and “a key litigator” who “is highly recommended by clients and peers alike.”

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