T&K Partner Selected to Join Inaugural Dallas Bar Association WE LEAD Program 2018

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March 05, 2018

Dallas - Thompson & Knight LLP is pleased to announce Katharine Battaia Clark has been selected as a member of the inaugural, 2018 Class of the Dallas Bar Association’s (“DBA”) WE LEAD Program. The DBA, in partnership with the Dallas Women’s Foundation and the Dallas Women Lawyers Association, developed DBA WE LEAD: Women Empowered to Lead in the Legal Profession to address the unique challenges facing women in the legal profession; to empower, educate, and uplift women lawyers to take an already successful law practice to new heights; and to prepare lawyers for active professional leadership within their law firm, the business community, and the community at large.

“Katie’s participation in the inaugural class of the DBA WE LEAD Program underscores Thompson & Knight’s commitment to fostering the integration and advancement of women into the Firm and the legal profession,” said Nichole Dotson-Olajuwon, the Firm’s Chief Diversity Officer. “By maintaining a substantively diverse and inclusive environment and contributing meaningfully to the advancement of women and diverse individuals in the legal marketplace, our local communities become better places to live and work for all persons.”

 Mrs. Battaia Clark is a Partner in the Bankruptcy and Restructuring Practice Group of Thompson & Knight’s Dallas office. She focuses her practice on bankruptcy, creditors' rights, and litigation, including representation of banks, indenture trustees, acquirers of assets from bankruptcy estates, estate fiduciaries, and debtors and creditors in Chapter 11, 7, and 13 bankruptcy cases. Mrs. Battaia Clark also has experience litigating and counseling on matters involving general commercial litigation and receiverships.

Consistently recognized for her legal work, Mrs. Battaia Clark has been selected for inclusion in Texas Rising Stars® by Thomson Reuters (2014-2017) and was a key member of the team who received 2017 Turnaround of the Year: Large Company from Turnaround Management Association for her work on the Life Partners Holdings, Inc. bankruptcy matter.

In addition to her involvement with the DBA, Mrs. Battaia Clark is a leader in the community in professional organizations and not-for-profits, including as a board member and previous chair of the International Women's Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation – DFW Chapter, a board member of the International Student Foundation, and a board member of Junior Players. She is a member of the American, Texas, and Dallas Bar Associations; the State Bar College; the Dallas Regional Chamber Young Professionals; and the Turnaround Management Association.

Currently in it’s inaugural year, the DBA WE LEAD Program is one of DBA President Michael Hurst’s initiatives for 2018 and is designed to address the challenges of high-performing women who have practiced law for eight to 15 years. Over 80 applications were received from outstanding women attorneys in the area for entry into the program, and Mrs. Battaia Clark was one of only 25 women selected. To learn more, visit http://www.dallasbar.org/press-release/dallas-bar-association-creates-dba-we-lead-program.