Thompson & Knight LLP at a Glance


  • “Ability to do complex, substantive work early on”
  • “Great work/life balance”
  • “Partners give associates a lot of client contact”


  • “Somewhat old school culture”
  • “Billable hours”
  • “Some partners give little to no work to associates”

The Buzz

  • “Family-friendly”
  • “Great Dallas firm”
  • “Texas”
  • “Overrated”

About Thompson & Knight LLP

Alive and kicking since the late nineteenth century, Dallas-based Thompson & Knight has evolved from a Texas oil and gas law firm into an international practice with locations and associated offices in Europe, Africa, and Latin America.

BigTex Beginnings

The firm's founders, William Thompson and R.E.L. Knight, were among the first graduates of The University of Texas Law School, and established the firm in Dallas in 1887. While the firm is still best known for its experience and accomplishments in the energy arena, its specialties have grown to include such areas as tax, finance, litigation, and corporate bankruptcy. The BigTex firm has handled matters in all of the large Texas cities, including Dallas, Houston, and Austin, but its reach extends far beyond the Southwest into New York, California, Mexico, Paris, Algiers, and London.


In addition to energy, Thompson & Knight's bankruptcy practice is particularly strong, having represented creditors in the bankruptcies of many of the biggest fallen giants, including Enron, WorldCom, and Adelphia. Some of its other major clients have included BNSF Railway Company, EnCap Investments L.P., Johnson & Johnson, Dow Chemical Co., and Lockheed Martin.

Geology Rocks

Energy, the crown jewel in Thompson & Knight's practice, remains its core strength. Thompson & Knight was named the "Law Firm of the Year" in Oil & Gas Law in the 2011-2013 and 2015 editions of "Best Law Firms" published by U.S. News and Best Lawyers. The firm has represented large multinational oil companies and state-run conglomerations in almost every aspect of the energy industry. The firm's foreign offices have been instrumental in assisting clients with oil and gas deals overseas and negotiating with foreign governments. In related environmental arenas, Thompson & Knight has defended railway companies against multiple lawsuits alleging toxic contamination, works drilling and leasing issues for oil and gas companies, and has handled a variety of other cases for chemical plants and pipeline companies. Thompson & Knight was also one of the first firms to launch a climate change practice, dedicated to steering clients through global warming regulations.

Leading Lady

Thompson & Knight has the distinction of being one of only a handful of large Texas law firms to be led by a female managing partner.  In 2012 the firm named Emily Parker, one of the country's most respected tax lawyers, as its first female managing partner. Parker has spent her entire career at Thompson & Knight, save a two year stint at the IRS, and was actually the first female attorney hired by the firm in the 1970s.  The firm is far more diverse than it was some 40 odd years ago: it was one of only two Texas-based law firms to be ranked in the 2014 "50 Best Law Firms for Women" by Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers and has ranked as a Top 100 Law Firm for Diversity, Top 100 Law Firm for Women, Top 25 Law Firm for Hispanics, and Top 25 Law Firm for Native Americans by MultiCultural Law magazine.

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Thompson & Knight LLP

One Arts Plaza
1722 Routh Street, Suite 1500
Dallas, TX 75201
Phone: (214) 969-1700
Fax: (214) 969-1751
Vault ID: 16247


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partner: Emily A. Parker
  • Hiring Partner (Dallas): David C. Schulte
  • Total No. Attorneys 2015: 317

  • Employment Contact
    Lauren McCann
    Recruiting Manager
    Phone: (214) 969-1180
    Fax: (214) 999-1626
    Email:   Houston:
    Paige Dobbins
    Phone: (713) 217-2822 
    Recruiting Coordinator

  • Base Salary
    1st year: $160,000
    Summer associate: $3,080/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    12 out of 16 (2015)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Bankruptcy and Restructuring
    Corporate and Securities
    Employment and Labor
    Intellectual Property
    Oil, Gas, and Energy
    Real Estate and Real Estate Finance
    Consumer Products
    Financial Institutions
    Oil, Gas, and Energy
    Real Estate and Real Estate Finance
    Sports, Entertainment, and Media Law

Major Office Locations

  • Dallas, TX (HQ)
  • Austin, TX
  • Fort Worth, TX
  • Houston, TX
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • New York, NY
  • Algiers, Algeria
  • London, UK
  • Mexico City, Mexico
  • Monterrey, Mexico
  • Paris, France*
  • *Representative office
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