Thompson & Knight Again Named “Law Firm of the Year” In Oil & Gas Law

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 16:58


November, 2012 – Thompson & Knight LLP has been named “Law Firm of the Year” in Oil & Gas Law for the second consecutive year in the 2013 edition of “Best Law Firms,” the preeminent listing of the nation’s top legal practices from the publishers of U.S. News & World Report and The Best Lawyers in America®.  This is the second year that “Law Firm of the Year” awards have been named in 79 of the nationally ranked practice areas, and Thompson & Knight has received the award in Oil & Gas Law both years.

“It is a tremendous honor to be recognized as the top law firm in the oil and gas industry by our clients and peers for consecutive years,” says Emily A. Parker, the firm’s managing partner.  “We are consistently distinguished as a leader in this industry because of our outstanding attorneys and collective experience representing clients for more than a century in oil and gas transactions and controversies around the globe.  We look forward to continuing that tradition of excellence.”

Thompson & Knight was one of only 16 firms in the U.S. to earn a “First Tier” national ranking in Oil & Gas Law. The firm also earned First Tier national rankings in Corporate Law, Energy Law, Litigation-Antitrust, Litigation-Intellectual Property, Natural Resources Law, and Product Liability Litigation-Defendants, in addition to regional First Tier rankings in 57 practice areas covered by Thompson & Knight attorneys in Austin, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, and New York City.

The full list of honored firms is available online at and appears in the November 20 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Money issue. The list also appears in the “Best Law Firms” publication, including rankings for more than 10,000 law firms in 118 practice areas.

In August, Thompson & Knight had 117 firm attorneys honored in The Best Lawyers in America, universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers honorees are selected based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 41,000 leading attorneys cast more than 4.3 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas.  Law firms cannot pay to be listed in Best Lawyers.

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Thompson & Knight LLP has been recognized as a “Highly Recommended Fifth Circuit Litigation Firm” in Texas for the second consecutive year by Benchmark Appellate and as a “Recommended Local Litigation Firm” in Texas for the sixth consecutive year by Benchmark Litigation.

Benchmark Appellate recognized Thompson & Knight for its expertise in energy, product liability, insurance coverage, intellectual property, antitrust, aviation, toxic torts, labor and employment, and general business disputes. According to the publication, the firm is “respected by peers for its consistent handling of high-stakes matters across Texas and the Southwest.”  Partners Debora B. Alsup, G. Luke Ashley, and Scott P. Stolley were named “Fifth Circuit Litigation Stars” in Texas. 

Benchmark Litigation recognized Thompson & Knight as having “a standout energy practice, as well as strong litigation practices in appellate matters, intellectual property, labor and employment, tax, and real estate.” Partner Gregory S.C. Huffman and senior counsel David R. Noteware were named “Local Litigation Stars,” and partners Debora B. Alsup and Hunter M. Barrow and associate Jennifer Rudenick Ecklund were named “Future Stars.”