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Thompson & Knight Attorneys Named Best Lawyers’ 2011 Lawyers of the Year

11-03-2010 10:11 AM CET | Politics, Law & Society

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Dallas – The global law firm of Thompson & Knight LLP is pleased to announce The Best Lawyers in America® has named three of the Firm’s attorneys as “Lawyer of the Year” in their respective areas of practice. The attorneys are:

** P. Mike McCullough, Dallas Trusts and Estates Lawyer of the Year;
** R. David Wheat, Dallas Tax Lawyer of the Year; and
** Arthur J. Wright, Dallas Oil & Gas Lawyer of the Year.

The publication designates one “Lawyer of the Year” by practice area in major metropolitan regions across the nation. This year, the publication honored 17 attorneys in the Dallas area based on particularly high ratings in peer-based surveys for legal abilities, professionalism, and integrity. This is the second consecutive year that a Thompson & Knight attorney has been recognized as Best Lawyers’ Dallas Tax Lawyer of the Year. It is the first year the publication has named a Dallas Oil and Gas Lawyer of the Year.

“We continue to believe – as we have believed for more than 25 years – that recognition by one’s peers is the most meaningful form of praise in the legal profession,” said Steven Naifeh, President of Best Lawyers.

Best Lawyers is the oldest lawyer-rating publication in the United States. The company compiles its listings through exhaustive peer-review surveys and tabulates more than 2.5 million ballots every year. The Best Lawyers in America® continues to be the only advertisement-free referral guide to the legal profession and includes more than 36,000 attorneys in 78 practice areas, covering all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Best Lawyers also evaluates lawyers worldwide and publishes its global lists online at www.bestlawyers.com.

Mr. McCullough is Senior Counsel in the Firm’s Tax Practice Group and has been with the Firm for his entire 47-year career. He assists clients in individual estate planning, counsels clients on federal income tax matters and in respect to charitable planned giving, and represents tax-exempt organizations including private foundations. Mr. McCullough is Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Mr. Wheat is a Partner in the Firm’s Tax Practice Group. He focuses his practice on corporate tax, mergers and acquisition tax, transactions involving partnerships and LLCs, and tax controversies. He provides clients with transactional planning and advice, document preparation, and preparation of tax opinions on federal and state tax implications of business transactions, including corporate mergers and acquisitions and the formation and operation of partnerships and limited liability companies. Mr. Wheat is a frequent speaker and author on a wide range of tax issues.

Mr. Wright serves as the Firm’s Oil and Gas Practice Group Leader. His expertise covers a vast range of oil, gas, and energy matters, including acquisitions and dispositions of E&P, midstream properties, and natural resources companies; exploration and production activities; gas plant operations; marketing of gas, NGL, LNG, and electricity production; preparing title opinions; and regulatory and oil and gas litigation matters. Prior to joining Thompson & Knight, Mr. Wright served as in-house counsel, an officer, and an executive with various domestic and international oil and gas companies.

Established in 1887, Thompson & Knight is a full-service firm providing legal solutions to public and private companies, governments, and individuals in all areas, including commercial and tort litigation, finance, banking, securities, mergers and acquisitions, taxation, intellectual property, corporate governance, creditors rights, real estate, labor, white collar defense, and environmental matters, among others. We are particularly recognized for our depth of experience and capabilities on behalf of clients in the energy industry, both domestically and around the world. Thompson & Knight has approximately 350 attorneys with offices in Texas and New York and international offices and associations in the Americas, North Africa, Europe, and Asia.

Thompson & Knight LLP
One Arts Plaza
1722 Routh Street, Suite 1500
Dallas, TX 75201-2533
Becky S. Jackson
Chief Client Services Officer
214.969.1478

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