Hicks Thomas Honored with Six Partners Named to Best Lawyers in America

HOUSTON – Hicks Thomas partners John Thomas, Robin Harrison, Paul Mitchell, Jay Old and Allen Rustay have earned recognition for their commercial litigation work in the 2020 Best Lawyers in America guide. Partner Stephen Barrick was recognized for his appellate practice.

In addition to their commercial litigation honors, Mr. Thomas was recognized for his IP litigation work, and Mr. Harrison was selected for oil & gas law. This marks the first appearance in Best Lawyers for Messrs. Barrick, Old and Rustay. The peer-review guide lists no more than 4 percent of the nation’s practicing lawyers.

Honorees are chosen based on nominations and peer review from other lawyers who share the same practice areas in the same geographical regions. Nominees are then reviewed by the publication’s research team for final selection. For the full listing, visit https://www.bestlawyers.com/America.

The seasoned trial and appellate lawyers of Hicks Thomas represent a broad spectrum of expertise covering construction, energy, environmental law, securities litigation, insurance defense, intellectual property, fiduciary duty and product liability matters. Clients range from major oil companies to individual business owners and investors.

Firm co-founder Mr. Thomas represents high-profile plaintiffs and defendants across the country in high-stakes litigation and appellate matters. His work has earned him many professional honors. He is listed among leading environmental trial lawyers by Chambers USA and among Texas’ top business litigators by Texas Super Lawyers.

Mr. Harrison represents plaintiffs and defendants in business disputes involving construction, oil and gas, banking and investments, professional liability, technology and real estate. In addition to his Best Lawyers, he has been recognized for commercial litigation by Chambers USA and Texas Super Lawyers since 2004. He is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Mr. Mitchell joined Hicks Thomas after two decades with two of Texas’ oldest law firms. He is known for his extensive track record representing energy companies in commercial litigation, arbitration, corporate investigations and other litigation matters across several industries. First honored by Best Lawyers in 2018, he has been recognized repeatedly by Texas Super Lawyers.

Earlier this year, Mr. Old won a significant Texas Supreme Court decision for the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association, which reaffirmed the importance of attorney-client privilege. He is a former chair of the Construction Law Section of the State Bar of Texas and has served as president of the Texas Association of Defense Counsel. He has been included on the Texas Super Lawyers list since 2005.

Mr. Rustay’s practice focuses on commercial litigation, including energy, oil and gas, and shareholder litigation in Texas state and federal courts, arbitrations and appeals. He has been recognized on the Texas Super Lawyers list each year since 2012 and he is a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation.

Mr. Barrick has over 20 years of experience representing businesses and individuals in trial and appellate courts and before arbitration tribunals. His practice focuses on business disputes involving contracts, investments, and property rights. He is Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and has been recognized on the Texas Super Lawyers list each year since 2012.

Founded in 1997, Texas-based Hicks Thomas LLP is a premier litigation firm representing plaintiffs and defendants across the nation. With offices in Houston, Austin, Beaumont, Amarillo, and Sacramento, California, the firm provides in-depth experience in cases involving oil and gas, environmental, complex commercial, toxic tort, construction, products liability, corporate governance, securities, banking, insurance coverage, transportation, trade secrets and business litigation. Visit the firm at http://www.hicks-thomas.com.

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