First law firm Hicks Thomas celebrates 25th anniversary


Since 1997, Houston-based trial boutique has forged a national practice representing clients from the boardroom to the courtroom

HOUSTON, August 30, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Twenty-five years after opening the law firm Hick Thomas, the founders’ original vision has held true: to improve the client experience by focusing on business solutions to legal problems, leveraging emerging technologies, and reduce overhead by working smarter and more efficiently. Today, Hicks Thomas represents plaintiffs and defendants across the country from offices located in Houston, Austin, Sacramento, Amarilloand Beaumont.

“From day one, we realized the key to success was doing a great job for our customers,” says the company’s co-founder Taylor Hicks. “We made our mark as a firm by trying cases and had tremendous success.”

Founded by lawyers Taylor Hicks, Jr., John B. Thomasand O. Clayton Lilienstein, who passed away in 2021, the firm has grown more than fivefold and continues to grow strategically through lateral hires and by attracting young talent from prestigious law schools. Recently, Hicks Thomas moved into state-of-the-art offices in from Houston central business district.

“It was a great race,” says the company’s co-founder John Thomas. “But we don’t take that for granted. We will continue to build this business on two questions we ask every customer: ‘What can we do to help?’ and ‘What can we do better?'”

Hicks Thomas has consistently performed well in highly complex cases involving energy, environmental and toxic torts, antitrust and anticompetitive practices, employment and labor disputes and product liability. Some highlights include:

  • The 120 year old man King Ranch case: Hicks Thomas is well known in Texas for successfully defending the famous King Ranch, the largest ranch on the continent United States with approximately 825,000 acres. In that dispute, the heirs of a former business partner claimed that King defrauded them of their rights to part of the ranch. The Texas Supreme Court has ended the century-old dispute over the rightful ownership of the land, which had become the centerpiece of the King Ranch empire.
  • Historical dry cleaning decision: In a landmark defense verdict, the company represented dry cleaning equipment manufacturer RR Street & Co., which was being sued by Pilgrim, the largest independent dry cleaning company in the United States. Dry cleaners across the country followed the case, which was the first of its kind to go to trial in the United States After nearly seven years of briefing and argument, Hicks Thomas won a unanimous court decision Supreme of Texas. The decision had far-reaching effects on a wide range of manufacturers and suppliers of chemicals and equipment, particularly those involving hazardous substances and waste.
  • Massive dispute management on behalf of the mattress company: During the COVID-19 pandemic, Hicks Thomas worked around the clock in partnership with in-house counsel to manage and coordinate high-profile litigation arising from pandemic-related lockdowns. The litigation involved commercial lease disputes in 36 states, ultimately involving hundreds of disputes.
  • Union Pacific Traffic Interruption Cases: Hicks Thomas defended railroad giant Union Pacific when it faced a slew of business interruption cases following the merger of Union Pacific and Southern Pacific Railroads and efforts to merge the operations of the two companies.
  • Great Arbitration Rewards: Hicks Thomas represented an offshore drilling company in a dispute with a major oil company that refused to take on a drilling rig following the Macondo disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. An arbitration panel awarded $136 million in damages, plus interest and attorneys’ fees, for breach of contract for breach of agreement.

Hicks Thomas has won numerous accolades, including recognition from the prestigious Chambers & Partners, which described the firm as having “an incredibly strong work ethic and an unwavering will to win”. The firm has also been named a top law firm by US News – Best Lawyers in America for the past six years. Its lawyers are regularly recognized by Best Lawyers, Texas Super Lawyers and Benchmark Litigation and have been named to the American Board of Trial Advocates.

To mark its 25th anniversary, Hicks Thomas will host a special charity initiative in September. The official anniversary celebration will take place on October 27.

“We look forward to saying thank you to those who have supported us all these years,” the associate said. Stephen Loftin, one of the first lawyers to join the firm from Andrews & Kurth. “And we look forward to the next phase of our business as we train the next generation of excellent litigators.”

Founded in 1997, TexasHicks Thomas LLP, based in Hicks Thomas LLP, is a leading litigation firm representing plaintiffs and defendants across the country. With offices at Houston, Austin, Beaumont, Amarilloand Sacramento, California, the firm offers deep experience in matters involving oil and gas, environmental, complex trade, toxic liability, construction, product liability, corporate governance, securities, banking, insurance coverage, transportation, trade secrets and commercial litigation. Learn more:

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