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Thompson & Knight LLP

  • Designation: Dallas
  • Head Count: 291
  • Gross Revenues: $200,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $685,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $925,000
  • Year Over Year Change: -4

Thompson & Knight is a Dallas-based law firm. With 319 attorneys, the firm placed 138th on the National Law Journal's 2011 NLJ 250 rankings of firms based on size. With respect to revenue, the firm ranked 134th on The American Lawyer's 2011 Am Law 200 rankings with $199,000,000 in gross revenue in 2010. Thompson & Knight is a business law firm that primarily represents corporations, businesses, and individual entrepreneurs. Among its practice areas are corporate and securities, energy, finance, government relations, intellectual property, real estate, and technology. In addition to its Dallas headquarters, Thompson & Knight has several other offices in Texas (Austin, Fort Worth, and Houston) and several worldwide office locations, including Monterrey, Mexico, Algiers and Paris.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 NR N/A Gross revenue
Am Law 200 138 -4 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 146 -8 Lawyer head count
The A-List NR N/A Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 156 6 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 113 -30 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 74 -1 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 62 -45 Summer programs

In the News

Circuit Certifies Questions on Lease Value in Bankruptcy

Mark Hamblett : New York Law Journal : January 01, 2014

A 78-year-old woman's attempt to stay in her rent-stabilized apartment may depend on whether New York's highest court finds the value of her lease constitutes a "local public assistance benefit" and can be exempt from bankruptcy.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 31, 2014

Randy Aoyama joins Hinshaw & Culbertson as partner in the Phoenix office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 12, 2014

Six firms have added partners and Oleg Sabel has added counsel.

Newsmakers: Week of March 10

: Texas Lawyer : January 10, 2014

David L. Evans of Benbrook, judge of the 48th District Court in Tarrant County, has been appointed by Gov. Rick Perry as presiding judge of the Eighth Administrative Judicial Region for a four-year term. Plus more new positions, appointments, awards and honors.

Firm Finance: Thompson & Knight Numbers for 2013

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 17, 2014

"The first quarter of 2013 was as slow as we have ever seen it in everyone's memory," said Thompson & Knight managing partner Emily Parker, who is in Dallas. "The last quarter of 2012 was a barnburner. … It cannibalized the first quarter of 2013."

Show Me the Money! High Court Campaign Finance Report

Angela Morris and Miriam Rozen : Texas Lawyer : January 17, 2014

A review of Texas Supreme Court candidates' campaign finance reports shows that the Republican incumbent justices have out-fundraised their primary challengers by more than seven-to-one and outspent them by more than four-to-one.

Firm Finance: Thompson & Knight Numbers for 2013

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 10, 2014

"The first quarter of 2013 was as slow as we have ever seen it in everyone's memory," said managing partner Emily Parker. "The last quarter of 2012 was a barnburner. ... It cannibalized the first quarter of 2013."

The Churn: L&E Defections at Paul Hastings, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 07, 2014

Three New York–based Paul Hastings labor and employment partners jump to Proskauer Rose, and a fourth joins Ogletree in Atlanta; Foley & Lardner adds two partners and an of counsel in Miami; and a Kirkland partner becomes chair of Winston & Strawn's West Coast private equity practice.

Relentless, Focused, Choosy

George Erb : The National Law Journal : January 03, 2014

Dallas boutique Bickel & Brewer harbors Texas-size ambitions about the cases it wants. It has a penchant for matters with a lot of money and business at stake, groundbreaking legal issues or big public policy questions. And it gets what it wants.

Week of January 20

: Texas Lawyer : January 20, 2014

Holly E. Engelmann and Kevin Kneupper have been promoted to principals in McKool Smith in Dallas and Austin, respectively. Plus more new positions, appointments, awards and honors.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 15, 2014

Six firms announce promotions, while Karlinsky LLC and Sidley Austin announce new additions and Cozen O'Connor has named Abby Wenzel and Bernard Lee to cochair the firm's real estate practice.

Big Energy Deal for $750 Million in Cash

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 13, 2014

Richard Black, senior vice president and general counsel of Fieldwood Energy LLC , turned to Thompson & Knight for the Houston company's pending acquisition of Gulf of Mexico and Gulf Coast assets from SandRidge Energy for $750 million in cash.

Report: DLA Piper Expanding African Network to Algiers

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 10, 2014

Racing to capitalize on deal work tied to Africa's abundance of natural resources, Am Law 100 firms are opening offices and forging alliances across the booming continent. Now DLA Piper, the world's largest firm by gross revenue and attorney head count, is headed Algiers, the capital of energy-rich Algeria.

Thompson & Knight, V&E, Simpson Lead on Offshore Oil Deal

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 07, 2014

SandRidge Energy is selling its Gulf of Mexico oil and gas holdings to private equity-backed Fieldwood Energy for $750 million in cash and the assumption of $370 million in liabilities. Thompson & Knight is advising Fieldwood on the deal, Simpson Thacher helped the company line up the necessary financing, and Vinson & Elkins is representing SandRidge.

Akin Acts on Landmark Israeli-Palestinian Natural Gas Deal

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 07, 2014

A pair of Dewey & LeBoeuf defectors now with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld are advising the Palestinian Power Generation Company on a 20-year, $1.2 billion deal to purchase natural gas from Israel's Leviathan offshore gas field. Meanwhile, several other energy-related transactions announced this week have yielded roles for Morgan, Lewis & Bockius and Vinson & Elkins.

Texas Trio Take Lead on Xmas Energy M&A Deals

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 23, 2013

Andrews Kurth, Bracewell & Giuliani and Vinson & Elkins are advising on two big energy industry deals announced Monday: Regency Energy Partners' nearly $1.3 billion buy of two Texas pipeline systems and Kinder Morgan Energy Partners' roughly $1 billion acquisition of two tanker companies that transport crude oil.

The Churn: Dentons Adds Toronto Dealmaker, Plus More Lateral Moves

Hillary Flynn : The Am Law Daily : January 13, 2013

Dentons lands a top Canadian deal lawyer from Baker & McKenzie; Abercrombie & Fitch hires a general counsel from the ranks of Greenberg Traurig; and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett expands in Houston.

MOVERS

: The National Law Journal : January 09, 2013

Abbie Maliniak joins Davis Wright Tremaine's health care practice as of counsel to the Los Angeles office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

Transvaginal Mesh Financing Case in Federal Court, TRO Extended

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 05, 2013

A dispute between Houston plaintiff lawyer F. Kenneth Bailey Jr. and a Las Vegas financing company is now in federal court, where U.S. District Judge Kenneth Hoyt of the Southern District of Texas signed an order on Dec. 3 extending a temporary restraining order Bailey secured in November in state court.

Newsmakers - Dec. 2

: Texas Lawyer : January 02, 2013

Bradley C. Weber, a partner in Locke Lord in Dallas and co-leader of the firm's antitrust practice group, has been elected president-elect of the Dallas Bar Association for 2014. Plus more new positions, appointments, awards and honors.

Litigators Eye AAA Rules Allowing Appeal of Arbitral Decisions

John Council : Texas Lawyer : January 02, 2013

For the first time, parties in a dispute before the American Arbitration Association (AAA) can opt for built-in appellate review of arbitral awards. But reception to the new AAA appellate rules, which became effective on Nov. 1, has been mixed among Texas litigators.

Negligence, Breach of Fiduciary Duty Suit Filed Against Thompson & Knight, Partner

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 18, 2013

A Houston-area man and his company filed a negligence and breach of fiduciary duty lawsuit against Thompson & Knight and partner Wilburn O. McDonald Jr., alleging McDonald failed to act in the best interests of a client when inviting him to invest in a company.

Former DA Gets Jail Time, Will Lose Law License, Have Work Audited

Angela Morris : Texas Lawyer : January 18, 2013

In a case that may set nationwide precedent for punishing prosecutorial misconduct, ex-judge Ken Anderson will lose his law license and serve jail time—but will not have criminal convictions—in a settlement resolving criminal and civil charges against him.

Fee Foresight: Contingency Cases Important for Large Commercial Firms

John Council : Texas Lawyer : January 18, 2013

A big question for large Texas traditional civil law firms used to be whether they wanted to represent clients on a contingency fee basis. Now the question is: How many of those cases do they want to sign up?

The Score: DLA Piper Takes Lead on New Braves Stadium

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 15, 2013

Major League Baseball's Atlanta Braves stunned many this week by announcing that the team will leave its downtown home in 2017 for a new $672 million stadium in suburban Cobb County. Elsewhere in our latest look at sports and the law: Gordon & Rees, Norton Rose Fulbright, Paul Weiss, and Womble Carlyle wade into an NFL bullying case; Alex Rodriguez adds to his robust legal team; and an ex-Milbank associate seeks to make running with the bulls a U.S. sport.

The Churn: Lateral Moves in The Am Law 200

Hillary Flynn : The Am Law Daily : January 15, 2013

The cochair of Jenner & Block's content, media and entertainment practice takes an in-house job with the Motion Picture Association of America; Crowell & Moring adds five attorneys in New York; and Greenberg Traurig woos a lawyer from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. .

Negligence, Breach of Fiduciary Duty Lawsuit Filed Against Thompson & Knight, Partner

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 12, 2013

A Houston-area man and his company filed a negligence and breach of fiduciary duty lawsuit against Thompson & Knight and partner Wilburn O. McDonald Jr. of Houston, alleging McDonald failed to act in the best interests of a client when inviting him to invest in a Houston company.

A Q&A with the General Counsel for Southwest Airlines

Mary Welch : Daily Report : January 30, 2013

Mark Shaw is the vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary for Southwest Airlines Co. He has been with Southwest for 13 years, and prior to becoming GC in February 2013, he was the associate general counsel-corporate and transactions.

Transactions and Aircraft Leasing Top Agenda for Southwest Airlines GC

Mary Welch | Special to the Daily Report : Daily Report : January 30, 2013

Mark R. Shaw is the vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary for Southwest Airlines Co. He has been with Southwest for 13 years and prior to becoming GC in February 2013, he was the associate general counsel-corporate and transactions. In that role, one of his primary areas of responsibility was aircraft finance and lease transactions.

Baby Boom: For Second Year in a Row, Large Firms Continue to Bring In More Baby Lawyers

Jeanne Graham : Texas Lawyer : January 28, 2013

Since the financial crisis of 2008, this is the second year in a row that the large firms participating in 's New Associate Hires survey have brought in a larger entering class than the previous year. The firms are filling in their associate ranks to make up for smaller or nonexistent first-year associate classes since 2008, says one firm consultant.