Thompson & Knight Opens LA Office

Friday, October 19, 2012 - 10:37

On October 1, Thompson & Knight LLP opened a new office in Los Angeles, California. The firm has landed noted litigator Bruce J. Zabarauskas, who joins Thompson & Knight partner Shelly A. Youree to launch operations. The new office is located in Century City at 10100 Santa Monica Boulevard, Suite 950, Los Angeles, California 90067.

Ms. Youree will lead the new office, serving as relationship manager and representing clients in tax, executive compensation, employee benefits, and equity and incentive plans both within and outside of California. She will travel on a regular basis to Thompson & Knight’s Texas and other offices. Her practice encompasses tax and ERISA issues involved in executive compensation and benefits issues (transactional and transitional) in mergers and acquisitions; consulting, design, drafting, and implementation of executive and employee compensation and benefit arrangements, including employment agreements, change in control agreements/plans, bonus and incentive plans, equity and phantom equity plans, qualified and nonqualified retirement plans, and welfare benefit plans; correcting qualified plan qualification issues via IRS voluntary correction and self-correction programs; IRS and DOL audits; and obtaining governmental approvals/exemptions. She has been named to The Best Lawyers in America® and Texas Super Lawyers® for multiple years and is admitted to practice in California, New York, the District of Columbia, Texas, and Oklahoma.

Mr. Zabarauskas joins the firm as counsel from Crowell & Moring, where he has represented institutional lenders, including national banks, special servicers, and investment banks, in commercial real estate foreclosure actions and Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings. He also has substantial experience, at both the trial and appellate levels, litigating corporate breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, defamation, and First Amendment issues. Additionally, Mr. Zabarauskas has extensive experience litigating issues in the professional boxing industry, where he has represented professional boxers, including two world heavyweight champions; managers; and promoters in proceedings throughout the U.S. before federal and state courts, the Court of Arbitration for Sport, the California State Athletic Commission, and the American Arbitration Association. He is admitted to practice in California and New York.

Thompson & Knight will provide a wide range of legal services to its clients in California through its new office as well as attorneys in its other offices, including those with practices in the areas of banking, corporate, mergers and acquisitions, oil and gas, real estate, labor and employment, trial, and healthcare law.

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Thompson & Knight LLP has announced the addition of 13 new associates in the firm’s Dallas and Houston offices. 

Dallas 

Nancy L. Allred joins the firm’s Tax Practice Group. She received an LLM in Taxation from New York University School of Law in 2012; a JD from Harvard Law School in 2011; and a BS and BA, with highest honors, from The University of Texas at Austin in 2008. Ms. Allred served as a judicial intern to the Honorable Harlin D. Hale in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas in 2009. 

Christina M. Collins* joins the firm’s Corporate and Securities Practice Group. Ms. Collins received a JD, summa cum laude, from Texas Tech University School of Law in 2012 and a BA in Political Science from the University of Southern California in 2008. She served as a judicial intern to Justice Mary Murphy in the Fifth District Court of Appeals of Texas in 2010. 

Zach Curry* joins the firm’s Real Estate and Banking Practice Group. Mr. Curry received a JD, with honors, from The University of Texas School of Law in 2012, an MS in Real Estate from The University of Texas at Arlington in 2003, and a BBA in Finance from Texas A&M University in 2001.

Daniel Lord* joins the firm’s Real Estate and Banking Practice Group. Mr. Lord received a JD, with honors, from the University of Texas School of Law and a BS, cum laude, in Sport Management from Texas A&M University in 2007. 

Reed Randel* joins the firm’s Trial Practice Group. Mr. Randel received a JD from The University of Texas School of Law in 2012 and a BA in Mexican American Studies from The University of Texas at Austin in 2009. He served as a judicial intern to the Honorable Richard A. Schell in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas in 2010.

Doug Salisbury* joins the firm’s Trial Practice Group. Mr. Salisbury received an LL.M. in International and Comparative Law and a JD from Duke University School of Law in 2012 and a BA, cum laude, in Government from Eastern Washington University in 2007. 

Audrey M. Sullivan* joins the firm’s Real Estate and Banking Practice Group. She received a JD, magna cum laude, from SMU Dedman School of Law in 2012 and a BA, with honors, in Government from The University of Texas at Austin in 2007. She served as a judicial intern to Justice Elizabeth Lang-Miers in the Fifth District Court of Appeals of Texas in 2010. 

Van Wiltz* joins the firm’s Corporate and Securities Practice Group. Mr. Wiltz received a JD, magna cum laude, from Loyola University School of Law in 2012 and a BA from the University of North Texas in 2008. He served as a summer intern to Judge Ivan L.R. Lemelle in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana in 2011. 

Houston 

Evelyn Breithaupt joins the firm’s Bankruptcy and Restructuring Practice Group. She received a JD, cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 2010 and a BA, summa cum laude, in English and History from Louisiana College in 2006. She served as a law clerk to the Honorable Marvin Isgur in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas from 2010 to 2012. 

Robert T. Carman* joins the firm’s Corporate and Securities Practice Group. He received a JD, with honors, from The University of Texas School of Law in 2012 and a BS in Operations Research and Information Engineering from Cornell University in 2009. He served as a judicial intern to Justice Elsa Alcala in the First Court of Appeals of Texas in 2010. 

Briggs A. Knight* joins the firm’s Real Estate and Banking Practice Group. He received a JD, with honors, from the University of Houston Law Center in 2012; an MBA, with honors, in Finance from Louisiana State University in 2005; and a BS in Marketing from Louisiana State University in 2002. He served as a judicial intern to Judge David Hittner in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas in 2011 and was a Senior Analyst in the Commercial Mortgage Lending Group at AIG Investments from 2006-2009. 

Ashley J. Nguyen* joins the firm’s Oil and Gas Practice Group. She received a JD, with honors, from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 2012 and a BS, cum laude, in Economics and Finance from Oklahoma City University in 2009. 

Lisa D. Thompkins* joins the firm’s Corporate and Securities Practice Group. She received a JD from The University of Texas School of Law in 2012 and a BS, summa cum laude, in Psychology from Sam Houston State University in 2008. 

* Not licensed to practice law in the state of Texas. Admission anticipated fall 2012. 

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Marion Bachrach has joined Thompson & Knight as a partner in the firm’s Trial and Government practices in New York. 

She has more than 30 years of experience handling complex criminal and civil litigation and investigations. Bachrach focuses her practice on white-collar criminal defense, internal investigations, and complex regulatory and civil actions. She represents both institutional and individual clients and has considerable experience counseling professionals, including lawyers, executives, accountants and physicians.

“Marion is an experienced and talented trial lawyer who has tried high-profile civil and criminal cases and is well respected by clients and peers,” says Joseph S. Pevsner, the firm’s Trial Department leader. “We are thrilled that she has joined Thompson & Knight and her expertise will be a valuable asset for our clients and our growing practice in New York.” 

For six years, Ms. Bachrach served as assistant U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of New York, where she held the additional positions of chief of general crimes and deputy chief of the Criminal Division. She is an adjunct professor at Cornell Law School and Columbia School of Law and is admitted to practice in New York and Massachusetts. She has published a chapter in a leading treatise and articles in the New York Law Journal, and she has been recognized in New York Super Lawyers® by Thomson Reuters for multiple years.