Largest-Ever Group of Hicks Thomas Attorneys Named to 2021 Best Lawyers in America List

Nine named to list, three others named to inaugural Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch

HOUSTON – Affirming a culture of high-end legal work, coupled with a commitment to client responsiveness and service, Hicks Thomas LLP is pleased to announce that 12 of its attorneys have earned recognition in the 27th edition of The Best Lawyers in America, one of the nation’s most respected peer-review attorney guides.

Firm partners named to Best Lawyers in America for 2021 include:

  • John B. Thomas – Commercial Litigation and Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Robin Harrison – Commercial Litigation and Oil & Gas Practice
  • Paul Mitchell – Commercial Litigation
  • Allen Rustay – Commercial Litigation
  • J. Stephen Barrick – Appellate
  • John Deis - Construction Litigation
  • Courtney Ervin - Energy Law practice
  • Stephen Loftin - Commercial Litigation

This is the first year Mr. Deis, Ms. Ervin and Mr. Loftin have earned an appearance on the Best Lawyers list.

New this year, Best Lawyers has named three Hicks Thomas attorneys to its “Ones to Watch” list, which recognizes professional excellence in attorneys who are rising in their careers. Those honorees include:

  • Kasi Chadwick – Labor and Employment Litigation
  • Joshua Bauer – Commercial Litigation
  • Liz Larson – Commercial Litigation

“Objectively, we don’t do what we do in order to win praise or accolades,” says John Thomas, Hicks Thomas co-founding partner. “However, in the background, as we strive to do the very best work for our clients, Best Lawyers in America represents something of a benchmark. Said another way, are our lawyers achieving their highest potential and are we continuing to grow in the right way? These results suggest that the answer to those questions is yes.”

The Best Lawyers in America recognizes the top 4 percent of practicing attorneys in the nation and is based on confidential evaluations submitted by clients and other attorneys across the country, as well as extensive editorial research. For the full Best Lawyers listing, visit

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