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Thompson & Knight LLP


Thompson & Knight LLP - Dallas
  • One Arts Plaza
  • 1722 Routh Street
  • Suite 1500
  • Dallas
  • Texas
  • USA
  • TX 75201
  • Tel:+1 214 969 1700
  • Fax:+1 214 969 1751
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  • Managing Partner: Emily A Parker
  • Number of partners: 160 approx.
  • Number of lawyers: 330 approx.
  • Languages: Arabic, English, French, German, Gujarati, Hebrew, Italian, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, Vietnamese
  • INTERNATIONAL OFFICES Algiers, Algeria; Paris, France; Monterrey, Mexico; London, UK

Firm Overview:
Since 1887, Thompson & Knight attorneys have been anticipating clients’needs and striving to exceed expectations. With an emphasis on global energy, litigation, tax, and insolvency matters, the firm’s attorneys provide clients with innovative, cost-effective legal and business solutions to their issues. Thompson & Knight’s experience in these areas establishes it as a leading global energy law firm,with more than two-thirds of its practice relating to the energy industry.

Main Areas of Practice:
Corporate & Securities:

• Represented majority holder of Frac Tech Services in its $3.7 billion sale of equity to a Singaporean fund
• Represented EnCap Investments in formation of a private equity fund with total commitments of $3.5 billion 
• Represented Noble Energy in their $1.85 billion public offering of 4.15% senior notes due 2021

Bankruptcy & Restructuring:
• Represented Vitro, S.A.B.de C.V. in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings in the Northern District of Texas
• Obtained plan confirmation in Baseline Oil & Gas Corp.’s ‘pre-pack’ Chapter 11 bankruptcy case in 33 days n Represented Hercules Offshore in its acquisition of Seahawk’s drilling rig assets through Sec. 363 purchase

Oil, Gas & Energy:
• Represented Brigham Exploration Company in its sale to Statoil ASA for approximately $4.4 billion
• Represented Chief Gathering in its $1 billion sale to Penn Virginia Resource Partners
• Assisted Infinity Energy Resources in oil and gas concessions for 1.4 million acres off Nicaraguan coast

• Represent energy firms on environmental issues with E&P, midstream, and downstream operations 
• Challenging an ordinance adopted by the Houston City Council on behalf of BNSF, Union Pacific, and HBT
• Representing The Dow Chemical Company in a federal Superfund action involving a former waste oil recovery facility

• Represented agent bank in $4 billion syndicated revolving credit facility with large E&P company
• Represented Apache Corp. in $3.95 billion financing raised in part to facilitate acquisition of BP assets
• Represented agent bank in $3.5 billion syndicated revolving credit facility for large energy partnership

• Manage more than 150 hospital contract litigation cases nationwide for a Fortune 200 hospital company
• Represent hospital systems and healthcare providers in investigations, litigation, and compliance
• Represent a national medical device manufacturer regarding healthcare antitrust and marketing issues

Intellectual Property & Technology:
• Represented US air carrier in patent litigation in E. Dist.of Texas involving internet server technology
• Represented semiconductor manufacturer in patent litigation in California involving eight US patents
• Prepared/prosecuted patent applications related to hydrogen hybrid locomotive for national railroad company

Employment & Labor:
• Assisted transportation employer in defeating EEOC nationwide investigatory subpoenas
• Multi-jurisdictional litigation of noncompetes for transportation and medical employers
• Handled FLSA matters for food distributor, energy services, and electronics employers

Real Estate:
• Represented City of Austin in 2.5 million square feet of mixed use development estimated at $750 million
• Represented C-III Asset Mgmt./Alliance in REO sale transactions for a trust prior to Lehman Bros.’ bankruptcy
• Represented Granite Properties in the disposition of its entire $165 million industrial property portfolio

• Complex tax planning for more than $25 billion of oil and gas transactions
• Represented Brigham Exploration Company in the tax issues related to its $4.4 billion sale to Statoil ASA
• US tax counsel on one of the first Canadian offerings of an income trust acquiring US energy assets

Trial & Appellate:
• Represented Petrobras America Inc. and affiliates in an arbitration involving ownership of a joint venture
• Secured a $10 million jury verdict for Resort Development Latin America, Inc. in a breach of fiduciary duty and tortious interference case
• Represented an international E&P company in an arbitration related to hydrocarbons in Colombia

BNSF Railway Company, Chief Oil & Gas, The Dow Chemical Company, EnCap Investments L.P., Johnson & Johnson, Lafarge, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Natural Gas Partners, Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. – Petrobras, Royal Bank of Canada, Wells Fargo Bank, Vitro, S.A.B.de C.V.

International Work:
The firm represents clients worldwide in a variety of legal matters, particularly those related to energy, dispute resolution, tax, and bankruptcy. In the global energy realm, the firm offers a full range of legal and commercial services, including advice on host government contracts; joint operating, study, and bidding agreements; service contracts; regulatory matters; tax; corporate structure; arbitration; M&A; financings; and pipeline and refinery projects.


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Energy & Natural Resources - Nationwide

THE FIRM This team provides its clients with a broad range of transactional services, and its members are especially recommended by commentators for their ability to handle complex matters. Of late, the firm has been instructed in several cross-border highlights and recently acted for Brigham Exploration on its sale to Norway-based oil and gas production company Statoil. The group was also called upon by Samsung C&T to assist with its acquisition of Parallel Petroleum, a transaction valued at some $800 million.

Sources say: "An excellent law firm with a number of very, very talented attorneys."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Andrew Derman is "very client-focused and proactive at fulfilling our needs," a satisfied client asserts. He is specifically highlighted for his international expertise, and recently led the team on the Samsung C&T matter.

John Rain has renowned expertise in representing capital consumers and suppliers in transactions involving volumetric production payments. He was recently part of the team acting for Cinco Resources on a securities matter.

Antitrust - Texas

THE FIRM Thompson & Knight has a strong reputation for antitrust litigation, and is a regular feature on class actions and cases before the FTC. In recent work, it defended chemicals manufacturer Voltaix against various allegations of monopolization. Other recent clients include Gruma and Star Pipe Products.

Sources say: "They are able to look at things from your point of view, rather than just offering a pure opinion."

KEY INDIVIDUALS "One of the leading antitrust lawyers in the state," Gregory Huffman is described as a "savvy, smart and knowledgeable attorney who focuses on the client's needs." He is a seasoned litigator with substantial experience across the board in antitrust and complex commercial litigation. 

William Katz is a hard-working and "very knowledgeable" attorney whose "legal writing is excellent." He was heavily involved in the Voltaix case, and also advises on international arbitration and energy issues.

James Berglund is a litigator with a wide array of antitrust expertise covering civil and criminal cases, as well as complex commercial litigation and healthcare fraud.

Banking & Finance - Texas

THE FIRM Thompson & Knight continues to focus on the demands of the regional market, and has well-established experience in the oil, gas and energy fields. With industry-specific expertise across the firm, the finance team has the capability to provide clients with seamless service in energy-focused deals. It recently worked on several high-value energy-based syndicated loans on behalf of borrowers and lenders active in the market.  

Sources say: "A very experienced firm with very strong lawyers."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Commentators highlight James McKellar for his vast experience, particularly in the energy lending arena. He focuses on advising clients on a range of transactions in the corporate, energy and financial services fields.

John Rain is also recognized by market observers, who say: "He is outstanding, there is no way around that." He is experienced in handling volumetric production payments and structuring matters.

Sources describe Andrew Flint as "very practical and a supersmart lawyer." He is particularly active in the energy and oil and gas markets, and consistently provides clients with a full range of services in financial lending transactions.

Cassandra Mott recently joined the firm from Jones Day. Sources say Mott is an "exceptional practitioner with great business sense." She has comprehensive experience in senior and subordinated financing facilities.  

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - Texas

THE FIRM Thompson & Knight's corporate reorganization and creditors' rights group is renowned for its oil and gas sector expertise. It has particular experience in conducting upstream oil and gas reorganizations, and is also well regarded for its regular representation of indenture trustees and bondholders. Recent highlights include its ongoing representation of Vitro SAB de CV in the Mexican company's high-profile Chapter 15 proceedings. The team is also acting for Cano Petroleum and affiliates on their Chapter 11 cases.

Sources say: "The firm is very experienced in all forms of credit and restructuring but is particularly good in cases involving energy and oil and gas." 

KEY INDIVIDUALS Of counsel Rhett Campbell maintains an exemplary reputation in the sector. One source noted: "He is one of the finest attorneys I have ever seen; he is very experienced and really is the expert on oil and gas bankruptcies and creditor's rights." Campbell recently represented Hercules Offshore in its Section 363 acquisition of the debtor's drilling rig assets from Seahawk Drilling.

David Bennett was recently appointed as leader of the firm's corporate reorganization and creditors' rights group. He mirrors the firm's reputation for preeminent oil and gas expertise, and continues to lead the team representing Vitro SAB de CV.

Capital Markets - Texas

THE FIRM Market sources speak with particular admiration of this team's expertise in representing issuers and underwriters on capital markets transactions in the energy industry. Recent highlights include advising Halcón Resources on its $750 million issue of senior unsecured notes. Other clients of the firm include Amegy Bank, Petrohawk Energy and Noble Energy.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Michael Pierce is a key contact.

Corporate/M&A - Texas

THE FIRM This team serves as counsel to some of the state's most active energy clients, including Halcón Resources and Noble Energy, and impresses market observers with its coverage of the sector. In a major recent transaction, it represented Brigham Exploration in its sale to Statoil ASA for an equity value of some $4.4 billion. Thompson & Knight's corporate team is highly capable of acting on both a domestic and cross-border basis in M&A transactions, and also has excellent practical experience of private equity matters.  

Sources say: "Detail-oriented, focused lawyers."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Jeffrey Zlotky has "made quite a mark recently and he's very well regarded," say interviewees. His private equity experience makes him an excellent choice for clients considering investment transactions, mergers, acquisitions or dispositions.  

Lawrence Hall continues to concentrate his practice largely on representing oil and gas companies, and has proved very capable of handling a broad range of transactions on their behalf.

Environment - Texas

THE FIRM The environmental practice at Thompson & Knight offers a broad spectrum of services, but is especially well known for its work on Superfund matters and in the energy and petrochemical industries. It represents a variety of clients in issues including risk management, permitting, litigation and brownfield redevelopment. An enviable client list includes BNSF, BHP Billiton and Dow Chemical.

Sources say: "A very reputable firm with very skilled attorneys."

KEY INDIVIDUALS James Harris offers expertise in Superfund and litigation matters. He represented Pace Petroleum in a dispute with Navarro County Landowners concerning the drilling and completion of an oil well. Harris "has a lot of depth and experience and capability," according to interviewees.

Department head James Morriss recently acted for Pasadena Refining System on successfully negotiating a reduced order from the TCEQ relating to alleged violations of air quality regulations. He maintains an outstanding reputation in Austin, according to interviewees, who also praise his thorough approach to matters.

Kay Roska earns praise for her broad experience and her wealth of knowledge in the oil and gas industry and the OSHA. "In addition to being competent and responsive, she endeavors to understand our business and provide tailored legal advice relevant to our business needs," asserts one impressed client. 

Healthcare - Texas

THE FIRM This firm focuses particularly on healthcare litigation and regularly acts for a range of hospital and pharmaceutical companies on high-value disputes. The team also has expertise in regulatory compliance issues and earns extensive praise from clients for its work across the board in healthcare.

Sources say: "The lawyers are excellent with their expertise and very strong at what they do."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Department head Wilson Jones is involved in many of the firm's most significant healthcare engagements. He is active across the board, with expertise in regulatory compliance and contentious matters. Sources say he is "very knowledgeable regarding business, the healthcare industry and the legal field in general."

New entry Patrick Bredehoft advises on regulatory issues and related disputes. Sources describe him as "a very good litigator with a wealth of information on multiple areas."

Intellectual Property - Texas

THE FIRM Thompson & Knight owes its enviable reputation to the sheer range and depth of its attorneys' knowledge and experience across the range of IP matters, both contentious and noncontentious. As well as having a good name in IP litigation, the Texas group has sophisticated capabilities in patent, trademark and copyright registration, prosecution, and transactional and portfolio management.

Sources say: "They brought a lot of knowledge and creativity to the table."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Bruce Sostek is variously described as a "very strategic thinker" and as being "very personable and tenacious." He is foremost a patent litigator with much experience practicing before the courts of the crucial Eastern District of Texas circuit.

Herbert Hammond's IP practice is impressively comprehensive, taking in the litigation and arbitration of hard and soft IP rights, as well as transactions such as licensing agreements and counseling on IP strategy. 

Labor & Employment - Texas

THE FIRM This dedicated, ten-strong group acts for a diverse range of clients, from charitable organizations to energy companies. The practice spans four offices in Texas and represents clients on matters including noncompetition, EEOC and FLSA violations, and discrimination and retaliation claims. Recently, the group has acted for BNSF Railway on several matters, including a case regarding an EEOC subpoena.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Stephen Fink has a broad labor and employment practice, and often wins plaudits for his litigation abilities. A peer comments that Fink is a "fantastic lawyer. I have nothing but good things to say."

Elizabeth Schartz continues to impress on litigious and regulatory matters. She has a specialty in advising companies on the labor and employment issues surrounding M&A.

Litigation - Texas

THE FIRM This reputable firm operates a large Texas-wide litigation team. The group handles a range of general commercial litigation including antitrust, and energy, environment and aviation-related disputes. Key clients include Allegiance Telecom, BNSF Railway and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Craig Haynes maintains a well-reputed energy and natural resources litigation practice, and actively represents esteemed oil and gas clients in multimillion-dollar disputes.

The "really solidTimothy McCormick focuses on general commercial litigation, in particular centering his practice on antitrust matters and securities litigation.  

Real Estate - Texas

THE FIRM The top-notch real estate team at Thompson & Knight is particularly renowned for its work on the finance side, and offers substantial experience in workouts, loan restructurings and the disposal of distressed assets. A recent work highlight saw the practice act for Trigild on its role as chief restructuring officer in the SCI Bankruptcy. Other notable clients include Wells Fargo, Transwestern and Comerica.

Sources say: "They've been a delight to work with." "An excellent firm."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Lawrence Hicks is particularly singled out by commentators for his wealth of experience and skill as a lawyer. He handles a broad spectrum of real estate matters for a number of institutional clients, including leasing, foreclosures and workouts.

Andrew Ingrum is well versed in the acquisition, development, management and disposal of real estate. In a recent highlight, he represented the City of Austin in a high-profile $750 million mixed-use development, involving the disposal of five riverfront city blocks.

The "very talented" Mark Sloan splits his practice between acting for lenders and developers. In the past year he has represented Wells Fargo as lead agent in a $250 million credit facility for the redevelopment of the Ward Centers in Honolulu.

The highly regarded Martha Harris regularly represents lenders in real estate-related financings, including multifamily, retail and office projects. 

Alfred Meyerson works out of the Houston office and offers expertise in all areas of transactions related to commercial real estate. He recently acted for Cadence Bank on successfully closing a sophisticated $25 million advancing term loan.

Mark Weibel recently joined the firm and is described as "a great addition" to the practice. He has substantial experience in capital markets, and is well known for his expertise in representing special servicers in the CMBS market.

Harry Roberts is a stalwart in the industry and uses his extensive experience to effectively represent institutional lenders and investors.

Tax - Texas

THE FIRM This international group is especially well known for its considerable capabilities and depth in the energy sphere, with oil and gas tax and tax litigation high on its agenda. The team represents a series of MLP companies, and transactional work also features prominently, particularly in the form of M&A, private equity fund formations, UPREIT IPOs and natural resource production payments. Major clients include Chevron, Noble Energy and the Texas Department of Transportation.

Sources say: "The quality of their work is excellent."

KEY INDIVIDUALS As a litigator of some renown, the "excellent" Emily Parker regularly represents taxpayers before the IRS, and advises clients on federal income tax and Texas tax planning. She has recently represented Chevron subsidiary Texaco in two cases docketed in the Court of Federal Claims.

The "outstanding" David Wheat is noted by peers as a leading player in oil and gas and MLP matters. He recently represented the majority holder of Frac Tech Services in the $3.7 billion equity sale to a consortium led by Singaporean fund Temasek Capital.

Mary McNulty has recently been involved in representing EnCap Investments in tax issues arising from the formation of private equity funds and the sale of oil and gas properties and midstream and gathering assets, worth in excess of $5 billion.

Market commentators think highly of Roger Aksamit. He regularly represents energy clients in M&A, joint venture transactions and financing, and is well known for the wider tax planning and transactional aspects of his practice.

Technology - Texas

THE FIRM Thompson & Knight maintains a solid reputation in the outsourcing sector. Market commentators praise the firm's ability to understand not just the legal aspects of outsourcing agreements, but also the practical and technical concerns of their clients. The outsourcing transactions practice group handles a broad spectrum of matters on a national and international scale, and offers vast experience in negotiating deals at every stage of the outsourcing process. 

Sources say: "The attorneys are experienced in their area of expertise, and are proactive in providing excellent client service."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Stephen Stein is a key contact for this team