T&K Welcomes New Associates

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October 04, 2017

Dallas - Thompson & Knight LLP is pleased to welcome 10 Associates to the Firm. State Bar of Texas admission is anticipated fall 2017, unless otherwise noted below.

Austin Office
Leslie Reynolds
(Government and Regulatory) received a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School (2017) and a B.A., summa cum laude, in Environmental Studies with a minor in English from Hendrix College (2013). She served as Legal Intern for Save Our Springs Alliance (2015).

Dallas Office
Thomas J.  (“TJ”) Auner
 (International Energy) received a J.D., as salutatorian, from Loyola Law School Los Angeles (2016) and a B.S., cum laude, in Public Policy with a minor in Music Industry from the University of Southern California (2012). He served as Law Clerk for the Honorable A. Joe Fish, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas (2016-2017) and Judicial Extern for the Honorable Margaret M. Morrow, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California (2015). T.J. is licensed to practice in California.

Emily A. Fitzgerald (Trial) received a J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law (2015) and a B.A., magna cum laude, in Anthropology and Journalism from the University of Arkansas (2012). She served as Judicial Clerk for the Honorable Lavenski Smith, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit (2016-2017) and Judicial Clerk for the Honorable Jeffrey S. Boyd, Supreme Court of Texas (2015-2016). Emily is licensed to practice in Texas.

Tonya Maksimenko (Corporate and Securities) received a J.D., magna cum laude, from SMU Dedman School of Law (2017) and a B.S., summa cum laude, in Political Science from Texas Christian University (2014). She served as Judicial Intern for the Honorable Jane J. Boyle, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas (2015); Law Clerk for Disability Rights Texas (2015); and Legal Intern for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia (2012).

Dina W. McKenney (Trial) received a J.D., with honors, from The University of Texas School of Law (2014) and a B.A., magna cum laude, in History from the University of Pennsylvania (2009). She served as Law Clerk for the Honorable Catharina Haynes, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals (2015-2017); Law Clerk for the Honorable David C. Godbey, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas (2014-2015); and Judicial Intern for the Honorable Barbara M.G. Lynn, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas (2012). She is licensed to practice in Texas.

Sam Murphy (Real Estate and Banking) received a J.D., cum laude, from SMU Dedman School of Law (2017) and a B.B.A., cum laude, in Management and a B.A., magna cum laude, in Religious Studies from Southern Methodist University (2011). He served as a Senior Associate at C-III Asset Management (2011-2014).

Jackson Oliver (Tax) received a J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law (2017) and a B.B.A. in Accounting from the University of Oklahoma (2014). He served as Judicial Intern for the Honorable Scott J. Becker, 219th District Court (2015).

Aaron C. Powell (Oil and Gas) received a J.D., summa cum laude, from Texas Tech University School of Law (2017), Petroleum Land Management Certificate from Texas Christian University (2013), and a B.A. in Philosophy from The University of Texas at Austin (2011). He served as Intern for the Honorable Debra H. Lehrmann, Supreme Court of Texas (2015) and as a Petroleum Landman for Preferred Oil and Gas Properties LLC (2011-2014).

Fort Worth Office
Sara C. Thornton (Real Estate and Banking) received a J.D., summa cum laude, from Texas Tech University School of Law (2016) and a B.A., summa cum laude, in Psychology with minors in Spanish and Business from the University of North Texas (2011). She served as Law Clerk for the Honorable Mary Lou Robinson, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas (2016-2017); Legal Intern for the Washington Legal Foundation (2015); Law Clerk for the Federal Trade Commission (2014); and Judicial Staff Counsel Intern for Tarrant County Criminal Courts (2014). Sara is licensed to practice in Texas.

Houston Office
Murtuza Hussain
(Tax) received an LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law (2017); a J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center (2016) and an M.B.A. from the C.T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston; and a B.B.A., summa cum laude, in Accounting from the University of Texas at San Antonio (2012). He served as a Tax Planning Intern for Weatherford International (2015-2016); Legal Extern for the Office of Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service (2014); and Intern for the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic at Lone Star Legal Aid (2014. Murtuza is licensed to practice in Texas.

Connor McKinney (Trial) received a J.D. from Columbia Law School (2017) and was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. He also received a B.A. in Political Science with a minor in History from Trinity University (2014). He served as Law Clerk for Bexar County Criminal District Court Administration (2015).