Thompson & Knight has announced its inclusion by Intellectual Asset Management (“IAM”) magazine in the 2013 IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners. The firm is ranked among the top firms in Texas for its expertise representing clients in patent litigation, licensing and prosecution.
IAM Patent 1000 stated that Thompson & Knight’s “work is top quality” and the group “practices at the vanguard of IP law.” The directory further noted that Thompson & Knight’s “efficient, economical case handling sets it apart” and that the firm “has really risen to the challenge as in-house counsel shine an ever-brighter spotlight on client service in the current economic climate.”
Sources say Thompson & Knight partner and Intellectual Property Practice Group co-chair Bruce S. Sostek is a “terrific litigator” who “has a great disposition for trial work, with his calm demeanour.” Partner Max Ciccarelli is praised as a “high-energy, charismatic litigator who demonstrates a strong commitment to his clients.” Jane Politz Brandt, partner and practice group co-chair, is recognized as “an astute trial lawyer and an exceptional behind-the-scenes operator who makes sure the best result is delivered.” Partner Stephen E. Stein is lauded as “the most senior licensing specialist in Texas; one of the savviest dealmakers in the state.”
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Elizabeth A. Schartz has been named secretary of the board of directors for the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas. She previously has served as a board of directors member at large since 2008. Her new two-year term began on May 1, 2013.
Ms. Schartz is a partner in Thompson & Knight’s Dallas office and chairs the firm’s Employment and Labor Practice Group. Her expertise includes litigating discrimination, wage-and-hour, employee benefit, and state-law contract and tort claims; counseling employers on sensitive personnel and complex employment law matters; workplace investigations; employee classification issues; executive compensation, change-in-control, and separation issues; drafting and litigating non-competition and related covenants; and the Occupational Safety and Health Act and the Mine Safety and Health Act.
She has been recognized by numerous publications for her outstanding legal work, including The Best Lawyers in America® by Woodward/White Inc. (2008-2013) and Texas Super Lawyers® by Thomson Reuters (2004, 2006-12). She is also a contributor to Thompson & Knight’s Best Little Employment Blog in Texas, a blog that features analysis of developments in employment law and news and tips for employers.
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James C. Morriss III has been selected to join the prestigious American College of Environmental Lawyers (“ACOEL”).
Mr. Morriss serves as Thompson & Knight’s Environmental Practice Group leader as well as the firm’s Austin Office Leader. He focuses his practice on environmental permitting; compliance counseling; facility siting, including wetlands and endangered species work; legislative lobbying; and administrative and judicial litigation before local, state, and federal environmental agencies and state and federal courts. Morriss counsels clients in environmental risk management, including the design and implementation of environmental auditing programs and environmental management systems, and in the investigation and disclosure of environmental liabilities and contingencies. He also has significant experience in litigation involving the investigation and remedy of complex sites including the development and presentation of risk based solutions to contamination.
In addition to his selection to the ACOEL, Morriss has been honored by numerous prestigious legal directories, including The Best Lawyers in America® by Woodward/White Inc., Chambers USA by Chambers & Partners, Texas Super Lawyers® by Thomson Reuters, and Who’s Who Legal: Texas by Law Business Research Limited.
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Stuart J. Glick has joined the Thompson & Knight’s Trial Department as a partner in the New York office. "With more than 25 years of extensive commercial and bankruptcy litigation expertise, Stuart will greatly complement our firm's strong practices in both Trial and Creditors' Rights," says Joseph S. Pevsner, the firm's Trial Department leader. "His successful advocacy in substantial matters and dedication to client service are great assets that will strengthen our expanding practice in New York."
Mr. Glick focuses his practice on complex commercial, foreclosure, and bankruptcy litigation. With years of experience in New Jersey and New York, his clients include lending consortiums, financial institutions, CMBS special servicers, private equity funds, investment firms, insurance companies, retail establishments and shopping center developers. He has significant expertise in the representation of lenders in complex asset recovery proceedings involving participated or syndicated loans and lender liability claims. Mr. Glick also has experience with debt restructurings and loan portfolio sales and purchases.
He is an active member of the American Bar Association, having served as co-chair of the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Litigation Committee, co-editor of the Business Torts Journal, and co-chair of the Programs Subcommittee for the Trial Practice Committee.