Thompson & Horton LLP

Providing Exceptional Quality and Personalized Legal Representation -- Thompson & Horton LLP is a full-service law firm dedicated to providing the highest quality, personalized legal representation to schools, institutions of higher education, local governments, and private businesses with public law, public policy, and employment law interests.  The firm provides clients, large and small, with a broad range of services including counseling and problem prevention, litigation defense, state and federal appeals, business and real estate transactions, and legislative services.  We offer large-firm legal experience and quality while providing the responsiveness and cost-effectiveness of a smaller firm.

T&H is a certified minority-owned and women-owned business -- one of the largest in the state providing legal services to governmental and educational entities.  Our diversity reflects our commitment to our community and provides a foundation of experience and perspective that enhances the delivery of quality legal services to our diverse client base.

news & events

Congratulations are in order for Partner Christopher Gilbert, whose new book, ‘The Oldest Rule: A Primer on Student First Amendment Issues for Attorneys and School Officials’ has been published. The fantastic read is available on Amazon in hardback, paperback and Kindle. Check out Chris’ new blog accompanying the book, ‘The Oldest Blog":

Former Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson to Join Fort Bend ISD Plaintiff Group Appellate Team - read press release

August 28, 2014 -- Trial Court Again Rules School Finance System Unconstitutional.  The Fort Bend ISD Plaintiffs, Represented by T&H lawyers David Thompson, Philip Fraissinet, and Holly McIntush, have prevailed on all claims challenging the constitutionality of the school funding system.  For information about the court's decision, see here.

Upcoming Speeches & Presentations

Partner Maureen Singleton will be presenting on Construction & Purchasing with Wayne Haglund at the 2015 TACCA Conference on January 29-30, 2015 in Austin, Texas.

Catch Partner John Hopkins and Associate Melisa Meyler present “Strategic Tips and Practical Guidance for Using Intellectual Property” at the TASBO Annual Conference in Houston on February 18-19, 2015

Partner Sandy Hellums-Gomez  and Associate Brandon Winchester will co-present “Introduction to Zoning” at the TASBO Annual Conference in Houston on February 18-19, 2015

Also at the TASBO Annual Conference, Partners Sandy Hellums-Gomez  and John Hopkins will present “Best Practices in Procurement and Contracting” in Houston on February 18-19, 2015

Partner Maureen Singleton will be co-presenting "Land Use and Real Estate Challenges Faced by School Districts” with Micki Morris of Rogers, Morris & Grover, LLP at the TASBO Annual Conference in Houston on February 18, 2015

Partner Lisa Brown will be reviewing home schooling legal issues since the Supreme Court's Leeper decision at Austin's UT School Law Conference on February 19th, 2015 titled, "20 Years after Leeper, Current Legal Issues in Home Schooling". Mrs. Brown will be co-presenting with S. Anthony Safi of Mounce, Green, yers, Safi, Paxson & Galatzan, P.C.

Partner Lisa McBride will be discussing alternative school district governance statutes and administrative regulations at Austin's UT School Law Conference on February 20th, 2015 titled, "Who’s in Control?  Alternative School District Governance Statutes in the Texas Education Code". Ms. McBride will be co-presenting Christopher Tritico of Tritico Rainey, PLLC

Partner David Thompson will be presenting at the 2015 TSPRA Conference on February 26, 2015 in San Antonio, Texas.

At NSBA's COSA School Law Seminar in Nashville, Partner Lisa Brown will be on a panel among other nationally-known scholars discussing religion and public schools on March 20th, 2015 titled, "Religion and Public Schools: Finding Common Ground or Preparing the Battleground?"

Partner Janet Horton will be co-presenting "IDEA Issues in Federal Courts: Recent Decisions on Stay Put, Exhaustion and More” with Jim Keith of Adams and Reese, LLP at NSBA's COSA School Law Seminar in Nashville, TN on March 20, 2015.