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Thompson & Knight LLP

At a Glance


“The collegial culture”

“Great work-life balance”

“T&K invests in the associates”


“Hours requirement”

“A lot of responsibility early on can be very scary and stressful”

“The same things that I imagine are the worst things at any firm: long hours in a highly stressful job”

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 2018 “Law Firm of the Year” in Natural Resources Law by U.S. News - Best Lawyers, and the publication named the firm “Law Firm of the Year” in Oil & Gas Law in its 2011-2013, 2015, and 2017 editions. 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.

Connecting with the Community

Thompson & Knight doesn’t just have deep roots in Texas—it’s part of the community. The firm is active in the Lawyer on Loan program through the Dallas District Attorney’s Office. Every quarter, a new associate from the firm serves as a Deputy Assistant District Attorney, gaining experience in criminal law. The firm also participates in the Partner to Practice program, sponsoring an internship at Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. And four graduates of the Booker T. Washington School for the Visual and Performing Arts receive scholarships from the firm.

Why Work Here

See what your career looks like at Thompson & Knight.

Thompson & Knight LLP

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


Managing Partner: Mark M. Sloan
Recruiting Chair: Jessica Hammons

Base Salary

1st year: $190,000
2nd year: $200,000
3rd year: $220,000
4th year: $255,000
5th year: $280,000
6th year: $305,000
7th year: $325,000
8th year: $340,000
Summer associate: $3,653/week

Summer Program

Summer Associate Offers:
12 out of 12 (2Ls) (2018)

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)

Major Departments & Practices

Bankruptcy and Restructuring
Consumer Products
Corporate and Securities
Data Privacy and Cybersecurity
Employment and Labor
Financial Institutions
Government and Regulatory
Intellectual Property
Oil, Gas, and Energy
Real Estate and Real Estate Finance
Sports, Entertainment, and Media Law