Partner David Bennett To Lead Thompson & Knight’s Bankruptcy Practice

Monday, September 17, 2012 - 11:43

Thompson & Knight LLP has announced that David M. Bennett has been named to lead the firm’s Corporate Reorganization and Creditors’ Rights Practice Group. Thompson & Knight is ranked among the top firms in the nation for bankruptcy and restructuring matters by such prestigious publications as the U.S. News-Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” and Chambers USA directories. 

“We are very pleased that David will lead this key area of practice,” says Emily A. Parker, the firm’s managing partner. “David is widely recognized for his legal creativity and commitment to his clients. David has led teams of lawyers to successful outcomes in many major cases, and these leadership skills will be a great asset in his new role.” 

Mr. Bennett, who has a diverse practice representing clients in all aspects of workouts, reorganization, and bankruptcy cases, said that he is “honored” and “looks forward to continuing Thompson & Knight’s legacy of excellence and success.” 

Consistently honored with individual recognition in The Best Lawyers in America® and Chambers USA directories, Mr. Bennett has been named to the Texas Super Lawyers ® list each year since 2003. He is a member of the Dallas Bar Association and American Bankruptcy Institute, and he is a Fellow of the Dallas Bar Foundation. 

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Thompson & Knight LLP has announced that Jennifer S. Sickler has joined the firm as a partner in the Intellectual Property Practice Group in Houston. 
 
Ms. Sickler focuses her practice on all areas of intellectual property law, including patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, and licensing matters. She has expertise in civil litigation of intellectual property matters in both federal and state courts, as well as arbitration and mediation experience. Her practice includes preparation and prosecution of domestic and foreign patent and trademark applications. She has represented clients in the energy, biotechnology, chemical, oil and gas,entertainment, and retail sectors. She is admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. She is actively involved in numerous organizations, including the American Intellectual Property Law Association, International Trademark Association, Houston Intellectual Property Law Association, Licensing Executive Society, American Bar Association, State Bar of Texas, College of the State Bar of Texas, Houston Bar Foundation, Houston Bar Association, and Greater Houston Partnership. 
 
Prior to joining Thompson & Knight, Sickler was a Partner at Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP in Houston. 
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Thompson & Knight LLP has announced the addition of five associates in the firm’s Dallas and Fort Worth offices. 

Dallas

Steven Bartz joins the firm’s Corporate and Securities Practice Group. He focuses his practice on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, other corporate transactions, and corporate governance matters. He earned a J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School in 2006 and an A.B. in Economics, with distinction, and Public Policy Studies from Duke University in 2003. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and State Bar of Georgia, and he is admitted to practice in Georgia and Texas. Prior to joining Thompson & Knight, Bartz was an Associate at King & Spalding LLP. 

Nathan D. Meredith joins the firm’s Corporate and Securities Practice Group. He focuses his practice on the representation of clients in corporate transactions. He received a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 2009 and a B.B.A., cum laude, in Finance from the University of Oklahoma in 2006. He is admitted to practice in New York, and his Texas admission is pending. Prior to joining Thompson & Knight, Meredith was an Associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. 

Meghan Nylin joins the firm’s Trial Practice Group. She is a member of the American Bar Association, State Bar of Texas, Dallas Bar Association, Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, and Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program. She received a J.D., magna cum laude , from SMU Dedman School of Law in 2009 and a B.B.A., summa cum laude , from Southern Methodist University in 2006. She is admitted to practice in Texas. Prior to joining Thompson & Knight, she served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Catharine Haynes in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Tracy G. Smith joins the firm’s Trial Practice Group. She focuses her practice on antitrust, criminal defense, and securities litigation. She assists clients with federal and state criminal investigations. She received a J.D. from Columbia University Law School in 2009 and a B.A., summa cum laude , from the University of Oklahoma in 2002. She is admitted to practice in Texas. Prior to joining Thompson & Knight, Smith was an Associate at Haynes and Boone, LLP.

Fort Worth

Sadie Harrison-Fincher joins the firm’s Real Estate and Banking Practice Group. She focuses her practice on real estate, leasing, and corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, business and corporate planning, and contract negotiations. She is Co-Chair of the Tarrant County Bar Association’s Corporate Counsel Section, is a Barrister Member of the Eldon B. Mahon American Inn of Court, and is a member of the American Bar Association, State Bar of Texas, Tarrant County Bar Association, and Texas Bar Foundation. She served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Terrie Livingston in the Second District Court of Appeals. She received a J.D., cum laude , from Texas Tech University School of Law in 2003 and a B.A. from Scripps College in 1994. She is admitted to practice in Texas. Prior to joining Thompson & Knight, she was an attorney at Whitaker Chalk Swindle & Schwartz, PLLC. 

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Thompson & Knight LLP has announced that 10 firm attorneys are being recognized as “Lawyer of the Year” in their respective practice areas and communities by The Best Lawyers in America® 2013 (Copyright 2012 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC). Best Lawyers is widely regarded as the most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. Selections are based on a rigorous evaluation process in which the nation’s top lawyers confidentially rate their professional peers in the same and related specialties. A total of 4.4 million ballots were cast for the 2013 edition.

The following attorneys are being honored:

  • Rhett G. Campbell, 2013 Houston Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law “Lawyer of the Year”
  • O. Paul Corley Jr., 2013 Dallas Financial Services Regulation Law “Lawyer of the Year”
  • Stephen F. Fink, 2013 Dallas Litigation-Labor & Employment “Lawyer of the Year”
  • Lawrence (Larry) A. Hall, 2013 Dallas Corporate Law “Lawyer of the Year”
  • Craig A. Haynes, 2013 Dallas Oil & Gas Law “Lawyer of the Year”
  • M. Lawrence (Larry) Hicks, Jr., 2013 Dallas Real Estate Law “Lawyer of the Year”
  • James W. McKellar, 2013 Dallas Securitization and Structured Finance Law “Lawyer of the Year”
  • Rust E. Reid, 2013 Dallas Trusts and Estates “Lawyer of the Year”
  • Bruce S. Sostek, 2013 Dallas Litigation-Patent “Lawyer of the Year”
  • Mark Weibel, 2013 Dallas Litigation-Real Estate “Lawyer of the Year”
Thompson & Knight has 117 attorneys listed in the 2013 edition of Best Lawyers.  The list includes more Thompson & Knight attorneys in the practice areas of Antitrust Law, Litigation-Real Estate, Natural Resources Law, Oil & Gas Law, Tax Law, Transportation Law, and Trusts and Estates than any other firm in Texas.