T&K Honored Again by The Legal 500 US

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June 05, 2012

Texas - Thompson & Knight is proud to announce its recognition as one of the top U.S. law firms in the prestigious 2012 The Legal 500 US directory published by Legalease.  Thompson & Knight is ranked among the nation’s top firms in these nine areas of practice, with the attorneys in parentheses named for their specific expertise:

Finance: Capital Markets: Debt Offerings: Advice to Issuers (Amy R. Curtis, Joe Dannenmaier)

Clients say the Firm provides “timely service” to issuer clients on debt capital markets offerings to clients in the energy sector.  Curtis and Dannenmaier are described as “intelligent and easy to work with” and provide “practical, good advice.”

Energy: Litigation (Greg W. Curry, Andrew B. Derman, Craig A. Haynes, Becky L. Jolin)

The directory notes that Thompson & Knight has a “great” oil and gas litigation practice, and the Firm “advises clients in arbitration and in federal, state, and appellate courts on wide-ranging energy-related disputes, such as fraud, improper payment of royalties (including qui tam actions), force majeure, and various tort and other contractual issues.”

Environment: Litigation (James C. Morriss III)

According to clients, Thompson & Knight is “excellent in all regards” and provides “the highest level of service.”  The directory says the Firm “represents clients in a variety of industries, including oil companies, oil refiners, chemical plants, energy companies, and pipeline companies.”  Clients say Morriss stands out in “situations where the highest profile is called for.”

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

The directory states that Thompson & Knight “advises primarily employers across the spectrum of benefits and compensation matters” and “the energy industry is an important source of work for the firm.”  Clients consider Fountain a “leader in her field.”

Media, Technology, and Telecoms: Technology: Outsourcing (Jeffrey B. Andrews)

According to the directory, Thompson & Knight “handles complex multi-process outsourcing transactions for energy, public utility/electric power, manufacturing and telecoms companies, retail businesses, and banks,” and the Firm “represents service providers and customers in large and mid-tier outsourcing transactions.”

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

The directory highlights several of Thompson & Knight’s notable deals and recent growth, with the addition of Anna Marie Dempsey, Richard S. Green, and Richard B. Hemingway, Jr. and the return of Douglas F. Pedigo and Gaye White.

Real Estate and Construction: Real Estate (Susan E. Coleman, Martha Harris, Andrew A. Ingrum, Laura L. McClellan, Mark M. Sloan, Mark Weibel)

The directory describes Thompson & Knight’s real estate practice as a “growing national practice” assisting development and lending clients.  Weibel is considered “well known for representing CMBS special servicers,” and clients say Harris is “smart, good-humored, and unflappable.”

Tax: Domestic Tax: Central

According to the directory, the Firm has a “broad-based U.S. tax practice” that “handles business tax planning, including restructurings, estate and gift planning, employee benefits, and controversy.”  The directory says Thompson & Knight has a “strong following in the energy sector” and is “active in the fund formation space.”

Tax: Tax Controversy (Sharon M. Fountain, Mary A. McNulty, Emily A. Parker, Robert D. Probasco)

The directory says Thompson & Knight “represents clients in civil and criminal, SALT, and federal tax controversies.”  Parker, described as “terrific,” is highlighted for her “particular expertise in the taxation of natural resources and partnership/corporate transactions involving the petroleum industry.”  The directory notes that McNulty “specializes in federal tax procedural issues,” and Probasco is described as a “key lawyer in the area.”

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