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Rick Thompson joined the firm on November 1, 2018 and is an experienced civil appellate attorney who is Board Certified in Civil Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
Formerly a Partner at Hankinson, LLP and an Assistant Solicitor General at the Solicitor General’s Office of the Attorney General of Texas, Rick has successfully presented numerous oral arguments in state and appellate courts throughout Texas, including the Texas Supreme Court and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Rick has also appeared before the United States Supreme Court in several cases. Rick’s appellate experience spans many substantive and procedural areas, including state and federal constitutional and jurisdictional issues, as well as administrative and governmental appeals. He has particular depth in issues related to sovereign immunity. Over the course of his career, Rick has represented clients that include oil and gas companies, governmental entities, and private individuals.
Rick represents clients not only in post-trial proceedings and all other aspects of the appellate process, but also during the pretrial and trial phases of litigation. Rick is often asked to collaborate with trial counsel to develop and execute pretrial and trial strategy.
Rick received his undergraduate degree cum laude from Louisiana State University and with honors and Order of the Coif from the University of Texas School of Law, where Rick also served as Executive Editor of the Texas Law Review. Following graduation from law school, Rick clerked for the Honorable Royce C. Lamberth of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.
In this hail damage case, the Texas Supreme Court effectively overruled the so-called Brashears rule to preserve a Texas Prompt Pay Act claim following an appraisal award in certain circumstances. The Court was fractured with 5 justices in the majority, 1 justice concurring in part and dissenting in part, and 3 justices dissenting. Justice Green authored the opinion of the Court.